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Ohio Conference Pastors Baptize Dozens in Ghana

Story by Heidi Shoemaker
Last September Ron Halvorsen Jr., Ohio Conference president, spent more than a week in Ghana training 50 lay pastors and elders to preach. This month two Ohio Conference pastors, Ron Anderson (pictured with members in Ghana) and Tom Hughes, traveled to Ghana to begin meetings of their own as part of Pentecost 2018. Hughes recently spoke to 1,500 university students, 90 percent of whom were not Christians. He has reported dozens of decisions made for baptism.
"There have been 20 baptisms so far from Elder Anderson's meetings," shares Halvorsen. "Ron also helped train three theology majors from our university in Accra Ghana (Valley View University). God is good!"
Halvorsen's work last fall has also borne fruit, as one of the lay leaders he trained held her own series. "Sister Rose Agyei conducted an evangelistic (series) at Aboabo which yielded 25 baptisms. Interestingly, one of the converts who has a fellowship in another village convinced his members that he's found a new and true faith and would prefer that they follow him. About 15 of them agreed and we are preparing them for baptism," says Halvorsen. "I am praising the Lord for this news. This is just the news from one of those 50 members trained to hold meetings. Thank you Ohio Conference Family for your help with this endeavor! It is reaping amazing results."

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