A Leg Up in Ghana – A Cat Story

Who would’ve ever thought that God could speak through a cat?

Yes, we said a cat. For weeks now we’ve been working with the Jesus Rescue Team, Total Wellness and Recovery team in Ghana. We have helped them with the Elijah Project, and the Barnabas Training. The Elijah Project is a 12 week course designed to help people get out of their current way of living and get them on their calling with God. The Barnabas Training is a 4 week course of intensive training to prepare organisations on how to mentor, befriend, and run groups to support people in their care.

We had it on our hearts to help the working girls in Ghana by supporting them in a vocation to get them out of prostitution. We also had it on our hearts to sponsor someone from the ghettos in Ghana to get a job and get out of the ghettos.

So, back to the cat of the story. Whilst we were working the previous issues, a loud cat kept visiting our back garden. He would come in, and at times late at night we would hear someone eating at our cat’s food dishes. We just assumed it was our cats, but at times we could see both in the room. We could never catch the cat if it was indoors, because if we moved he must’ve heard and left quickly.

We decided to post his picture on a Lost and Found page on Facebook to see if anyone knew if he was lost. We found out that he might have been a lady’s cat who was missing for quite some time. We ruled this out, because the cat would’ve had to cross a motorway and 2 major roads to get to us.

We knew the cat was a stray because he would sit on our wall in the rain (not a normal cat behavior), and rest under our lounger in the back garden. He didn’t trust us, and wouldn’t come near us, but after weeks of trying to get him to trust us, Jim finally got within 6 feet of him. I guess the cat was observing social distancing rules.

On that day we knew that we were on a winner with the cat, so we dug out food, tuna fish, anything we could find to entice him into the house. We even moved the food closer to the door so he could get to it. When he came in, we quickly closed the door and offered up the cat carrier to him. He went in without much fuss!

Now came the tough part. We are in lock-down, so visiting a vet is by appointment only and you can’t go in, the vets come out to see you, etc. So capturing a cat we took the risk and showed up at the vets. They told us, if the cat wasn’t micro-chipped we would have to take it back home and find the owners. Not ideal, since this isn’t our cat and he would need to be integrated into the house.

So, we waited patiently for the vet to check the cat. Whilst we did that we were searching for catteries that would take him in or another vet that would house him.

The vet came back out and said she was on the phone with the owner of the cat and she was shouting down the phone. We thought, great we just stole someone’s cat from the local neighborhood. The vet said she was so overjoyed that her cat was found she was shouting down the phone!

The vet couldn’t tell us much, but she asked if the owner wanted to contact us to thank us can she have our number? Of course we gave it to her and within about 30 minutes the lady called us to thank us for saving her cat. She then dropped the bomb on us, saying the cat had a £500 reward for finding it. Bear in mind this cat was from the lady 2 major roads, and 1 motorway away, there was NO way they would’ve found this cat. So we knew right away what we would do with the God given money, and we accepted the reward.

Within 30 minutes the money came in, and we had also sent the money back out to Ghana. This money that God provided paid for Richards training, his certificate, and 50 GHS for lunches. It also put down money for the girls in Tema to make dish soap to sell, rather than selling themselves for money. To start up making dish soap it costs 500 GHS, so the remainder of the reward paid for that.

If you think that God doesn’t answer prayers, then look to the animals of the world. He kept that cat alive, allowed it to find our house where God lives, found two people willing to help it in time of need, to then abundantly bless Richard and the girls of Tema!

What is your story?

From Gabriel in Jesus Rescue Team Ghana (JRT)

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I have been with Jesus Rescue Team for about 5 to 6 years Now… We visit various grounds in our quest to having Jesus use us as vessels to Rescue the Souls of Men.

Today, the Lord made it possible for us to visit some PROSTITUTE JOINTS at Tema New town and trust me, I am heart broken…My feeling have been one of sadness, brokenness and a realization of the need to double up my steps if I really want to continue in this business of rescuing the Lost…I must say Not going to this people with the Gospel is being wicked and heartless towards them. The burden that is laid on me for what my ears heard today and what my eyes saw has aroused the need to double up my steps.. Don’t neglect this urgent call that has always been knocking your door which you seem to careless about!! Join us actively to fulfill this course!👌🏽

I met a lady today who was carrying a 3months old baby yet still into Prostitution!

We met another who was 24 years. Explained how she sleeps with at least 10 men a day to raise money to pay rent and fend for herself

We met others; two of whom were 31 years each with kids back at home but into Prostitution to raise money to fend for themselves and their families and their families not knowing that it is Prostitution they are into. Some of them have been in it for about 10years and over😭

Another beautiful young lady we met was 22years, another 26years and others!

These young Ladies are being exploited, misused and molested. Because Some of them genuinely expressed their willingness to quit such livestyles and do business, work with their own hands. Others also expressed their consent of wanting to travel back to where they came from to settle down in marriage…This really pricked my heart when I heard it!😭😭

How can all these come through without the power of the Gospel; the power of the Holy Spirit Considering how they received us, fellowshiped with us, sang and danced with us and listened to the word of God, I feel they must be visited often.

Infact, I cannot share it all, the further I type the more broken I am getting and tears running down my eyes… LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WONDERFUL PEOPLE OF GOD, LET’S SACRIFICE WHATEVER TIME, MONEY AND ENERGY IT WILL TAKE TO WIN THIS PEOPLE FOR THE MASTER.

A charge to keep we have,
A God to Glorify,
A never dying soul to save,
To fit it for the sky; for the Master😭😭😭👌🏽