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Calvin Giving Stories
Wheels for Rev. Joshua Heikkila, Mission Coworker for West Africa
A conversation that begun in the highlands of south central Ghana has rippled around the world. And Calvin Church participated.
In September 2017 at the Ghana Mission Network meeting in Abetifi-Kwahu a conversation was initiated about Rev. Joshua Heikkila’s need for a car for use in his mission work in West Africa. In this position Josh visits Presbyterian Churches in Nigeria, Niger, Ghana and Togo. The work he does involves extensive traveling under daunting conditions. His previous vehicle has worn out from his extensive traveling around West Africa.
A conversation that begun at the Ghana Mission Network Meeting has led to action on two continents over the last several months. The Presbytery of Lake Erie contributed an initial gift last November to start the fundraising project. Nine partner churches and presbyteries in the Ghana Mission Network in the United States, including Calvin Church’s Mission Committee, contributed to this fund. A grand total of $31,301.00 has been raised by the grace of God for Wheels for Josh across the Ghana Mission Network.
Churches and presbyteries in Ghana also contributed. The Upper Northern Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church donated to the fund for Josh’s wheels. Rev. Gladys Lariba Mahama, pastor of he 150-member Fumbisi congregation in northern Ghana, attended the Ghana Mission Network meeting. She heard about Josh’s need for a car. She urged her congregation to help. They sold peanuts in the marketplace and donated the money they received to support him. Their gift was more than the average Ghanaian earns for an entire month.
Christians in Ghana and the United States have partnered on a practical project which has strengthened relationships and
assisted in Good News to be shared! It has furthered strengthen the bonds of Christian love we share in the Ghana Mission Network as we partner together in God’s mission.
~ K. Boyd
Calvin Church started the "Bikes Mission" in the spring of 2016 with the goal of collecting old bikes, working with kids from George Junior Republic School to repair them, and then to deliver the bikes to the Indians on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Many in our congregation donated bikes and funds to support this mission. A team of several worked on the repairs throughout 2016 and 2017. In June 2017, a crew of 4 members of Calvin drove 2 trucks and delivered 128 bikes.
The project continues with the intention to deliver bikes for years to come, and by doing so, bring some hope, some joy, and some healing to the Pine Ridge Lakota. The next delivery is being planned for July 2018.
Others have joined forces with Calvin Church in this mission, including George Junior Republic, Mercer County Trails Association, Grove City College, Dapper Bicycle Shop, Sweet Jeanne's Ice Cream Shop, and others.