2022 YEAR UNDER REVIEW &
PROJECTIONS FOR 2023
We began the year 2022 with seven days fasting and praying under the theme “Our year of Exploits” to prepare ourselves adequately for the task ahead in the New Year. Staff of MLI and some of our volunteers met each day to fellowship and to seek the face of God. We prayed for the organization, our partners and donors across the world.
As an organization that relies heavily on donor support to carry out our activities, we continued to experience a major setback in our cash inflows which adversely affected our projections for the year under review. We could not implement many of the activities as planned. However, the Lord was faithful. We made some modest gains. We remain grateful to God and our faithful partners who stood firmly with us in the mist of the tough times.
WATER PROJECT (LEGACY WELLS)
Access to clean water still remains a huge challenge in most of the rural communities in Ghana. Many of these communities still drink from unclean sources and in most cases, competing with animals from the same source. The situation becomes even dire when some of these water sources dries up during the dry season. We have the calling and passion to respond to these challenges by providing them with clean and reliable source of water but are often constraint by limited financial resources.
During the year under review, we constructed four (4) boreholes in the following communities; Segekope, Hodzekope, Asafotsi-Amenorpekope and Vidzrokope. These projects have impacted the lives of about 4,500 people.
In partnership with the Doron Medical Center and our summer teams, we were able to embark on three (3) major medical outreaches in some deprived communities. The beneficiary communities are; Abume, Dzodze and Ndowukope. Approximately more than 1000 people benefited from the medical outreaches.
JESUS FILM SHOW / EVANGELISM
Meaningful Life International continues to reach out to many Communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ; preaching salvation and preparing souls for the second Coming of our Lord Jesus. Our Jesus Film Show outreaches have laid the foundation for Church planting in some of these communities.
During the year under review, we partnered with the Abundant Life A/G and Harvest Mission Chapel A/G to organize two film shows at New Jerusalem and Tema community 11 respectively. We also partnered with campus students to embark on massive door to door evangelism in community 11 and its environs. We distributed thousands of gospel tracts and about 55 souls were won for the Lord. Many people rededicated their lives to Christ!
Church planting is very crucial to the vision of MLI. We appreciate the important role a decent place of worship does in the growth process of new believers. In partnership with the Harvest Missions Chapel Assemblies of God International, we visited the newly planted church at Angornya and supported them financially to acquire their own land for church building.
MLI works hard to combine our humanitarian aid-driven projects (the Legacy Wells etc) with an empowerment component that seeks to stifle dependency and promote pure development. So aside going into the communities to drill boreholes, the organization also makes sure the community members are well trained on how to properly care for and maintain the boreholes which includes the importance of community ownership, basic hygiene and accountability.
This year, we embarked on community education programs in four (4) communities; Segekope, Hodzekope, Asafotsi-Amenorpekope and Vidzrokope.
The impact of summer teams to the Missions field over the years has been life transforming. During the year under review, we received some powerful summer teams who came to do missions with us. We hosted the following teams during the year under review;
- The Oches family and friends from the U.S .A came to do missions with us in June 2022. Together, we ministered in orphanages, special needs schools, engaged in community outreaches, free medical care and evangelism. More than 900 lives have been impacted through this partnership
- Timothy Gavigan led a team of missionaries from the Glad Tidings A/G, San Francisco to partner with us to drill a borehole (legacy well) in Segekope community in the volta region. The team also made donations to the Doron Medical Center.
- We also hosted Mr. Tom Albert Mc Lane from Convoy of Hope. He arrived on August 7th and departed on August 11th 2022. The purpose of the visit was to conduct feasibility studies on the potential partnership with MLI to provide food for over 5000 school children from deprived communities in Ghana. During the visit, the team paid courtesy call on the immediate past general superintend of the Assemblies of God Ghana, Rev. Prof. Frimpong Manso, The team also visited the field to see for themselves some of the schools and communities.
- We were honored to host Friends of Africa Inc. led by Rev. Curtis Barber from Baltimore, USA to do ministry mainly in the Volta region of Ghana. The 8 member team arrived on August 7th and departed on August 29th In partnership with the Akatsi local council of churches, the team had an impactful 15 days of ministry in Kpohega, Dzrakate, Torve, Agbedzrafor, Ndowukope and Weme communities where the team made donations and spent time with the orphans and the mentally challenged people, emarked on door to door evangelism, organized pastors/church leaders seminars, youth conferences, courtesy calls among others. The Avenor traditional council honored Dr. Godwin Ahlijah and Rev. Curtis Barber for their visionary leadership.
- Samuel M. Huddleston in partnership with the Harvest Church, USA led a team of senior pastors and church leaders to do missions with us. The trip was simply thrilling! We had a powerful two (2) days pastors/church workers seminar dubbed FEARLESS CONFERENCE 2022 with the local council of churches in Akosombo. More than 300 leaders participated in this conference. The team sponsored two boreholes in two deprived communities to provide fresh water for the people. They also sponsored a free medical outreach for the people of Abume, a deprived fishing community near Akosombo.
SPECIAL ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OUTREACH
This year’s special Annual Christmas outreach (SACO) was held in Abume, a deprived fishing community near Akosombo in the Asuogyamang District of the Eastern Region of Ghana. On 25th of December, a Christmas party was organized for the entire community. We served food, drinks, snacks, candies and water to about 600 people. We also distributed used clothing and foot wear to the people. The widows and pastors were not left out. About 30 widows received gift packs. The school children also were provided with school supplies to help them in their education.
PROJECTIONS FOR 2023
- We shall intensify our high School outreaches to reach out to more schools. We hope to organize three outreaches in the high schools in 2023
- We project to drill about four boreholes (Legacy Wells) by the close of 2023.
- We will pursue the vision of opening an office in Kumasi to coordinate the central sector operations.
- We started negotiations to enter into partnership with World Vision Ghana to sponsor at least 60% of the total cost of a borehole. We will revisit this partnership agreement this year to see to its realization.
- We shall follow up on the proposal to acquire a drilling rig in partnership with Mr. Randy Fiorini for the organization
- In partnership with the Harvest Mission Church (HMC), we would plant two Churches
- We shall organize eight (8) Jesus Film Show crusades as a tool of evangelism
- In 2023, we shall organize six (6) Medical Outreaches in selected deprived communities across Ghana. We hope to achieve this target by partnering with our summer teams and the Doron Medical Center.
- We will organize at least three (3) Leadership Training Seminars for pastors/church workers within the year 2023
- We shall embark on Impact Assessment trips to some of our project sites to interact with community folks and to check up on our wells.
- We will organize Community Education workshops in the villages we have projected to drill boreholes.
- We will make conscious effort to reach out to the churches we have planted over the years. We will schedule a time table to fellowship with these churches at least once every quarter.
- We would offer opportunity to the management team to enroll in short courses at GIMPA
- We will organize Professional Missions Trip (PMT)
- Night of worship (NOW)
In line with our vision to become a self-sustaining organization, we have identified commercial agriculture as a major tool towards the achievement of this vision. We would therefore, embark on commercial farming in the Ejura-Sekyedumase area.
- We would hire a new graphics designer and a journalist to help with the smooth running of the department
- We will produce short video Promos / Documentaries for MLI. First Draft will be ready
- We have started updating our website as part of a rebranding exercise.
- We shall produce documentaries for our 15th year anniversary celebrations.
- We would print a big banner for the new office
- Re-establish and maintain all the relationships with the major media houses we partnered with during our 10th anniversary, and liaise with Eyra Doe and Yvette to schedule the Executive Director or the management team to be interviewed on TV and Radio stations. i.e Viasat 1, TV3, Citi FM, Obonu FM, TV Afrika, GTV, Adom FM, etc.
- In the long term, the Media department wants to set up a well-equipped TV and Radio station to broadcast the activities of MLI and the propagation of the gospel. Contacts would be made with some studios to come up with a draft proposal and a budget for this project.
- Make MLI Branded Key Rings, Wrist Bands (rubber and woven), Coffee Mugs, Car Stickers and T-Shirts which would be sold to fundraise during the 15th anniversary celebrations and other various functions.
- Contact Mr. Koomson to print more copies of each of our Meaningful Life Fundraising materials (i.e MLI Brochure, Flyers, Donation Cards and Pledge Forms) for our local fundraising activities and for Meaningful Life USA.
- Make sure that sending of Project updates and Facebook updates, Newsletters, Website information and Blogs are done on time.
- Print Staff I.D Cards for all new staff members
- New updates such as maps, pictures and a summary of community profiles will be added to the MLI website.
- We shall ensure proper and timely Documentation and records keeping
- We will send letters via email to individual donors and organization
- Submit proposal for new companies and search for social responsibilities of organization for partnership
- We will reintroduce the quarterly fund-raising dinners to raise money for our programs
- Continue Facebook updates with projects plan for the year
- Monthly prepare and submit newsletter to our partners or donors
- Organize donor prayer request and response to emails
- To help in the advance preparation of summer team visit
- Massive social media presence
- MLI branded paraphernalia such as calendars, wrist band, pens etc.
- Occasionally create GoFundMe portals
- To follow up letters submitted to companies and call our donors as well as get new donors.
- Get the Facebook “donate now” button
- Keep donors updated with newsletters so they know what their monies are used for
- Create strong relationships with other organizations and government agencies.
- Alert the public to important events and news.
- Sponsor relevant youth related community programs like soccer competitions, essay competitions and talent hunt show
- Place adverts on both print (newspapers and magazines) and electronic (radio and TV) media platforms
- Four (4) UPSs will be purchased for the office to ensure computers are shut down properly during power outages; so as to prevent damages and loss of data every time
- We would need a laptop for the project office which will be used during film shows and that can also be used for in-field reporting and other urgent things that would be done outside the office.
- A new computer is needed for Mr. Wahab’s office
- Memo pads.
- Screen for the Jesus Film Show needs to be replaced
- A strong vehicle is needed for the field and MLI errands
- Buy new camera and a tripod stand for taking pictures and recording videos
- Buy a new projector for outreaches
WORK ON NEW OFFICE
- Fix doors
- Build fence wall
- Level the frontage with gravels/sand, plant flowers and grass
- Buy water tank for water storage
- Furniture for various offices
- Complete painting
- Put security measures in place