Southern Hills Baptist Church members have partnered with Pastor Odai and Marantha Power Ministries during several short term trips to Accra and the surrounding bush country over the past six years. Projects have included, building open-air churches in villages, providing for over a dozen fresh water wells for villages, hosting soccer and Bible schools for children, medical missions, hosting church services and helping individuals with micro financing and training to start their own businesses and make their own income.
Out of our trips to Ghana three other mission organizations have been birthed through the membership of our church.
Lauren’s Lighthouse was built in Ghana, West Africa in memory of Lauren Michelle Crawley. It was dedicated in March 2013 and now a vibrant, growing congregation worships there weekly. In the fall of 2014, a training school for missionary pastors began at Lauren’s Lighthouse and four other locations, to equip men and women to start churches in the unreached villages of Ghana. Lauren’s dream to take the love of Jesus to those who have never heard is now being fulfilled, along with Pastor Odai’s goal to reach 1000 villages for Christ by 2020. Lauren’s Lighthouse also has a sponsorship program to help support hardworking, unpaid villages pastors.
The goal of Kairos 10 is to supply and provide Africa with mosquito nets by employing native women to make jewelry for resale in the U.S. and paying them a fair wage for their work.
Read more about the heart behind the mission and how God is using this ministry for good at the Kairos 10 website.
The Pearl House
The Pearl House shelters, educates and disciples at-risk young women in under-served communities around the world. Our vision is to empower young women to change their families, their communities and their nation.
We are inspired by the words of Matthew 13:45-46:
“Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who when he had found ONE pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it”.
The Pearl House helps girls discover their identity and purpose in Christ by providing them the following opportunities: physical care, academic instruction, spiritual development, vocational training, recovery/counseling, and livelihood development*. It is our goal that our “Pearls of great price” be empowered to become anything they are called to be, whether a seamstress, a chef, or doctor, or anything!
“Educate a man, you change an individual. Educate a woman, you change a nation.” Dr. Aggrey, Africa
Read more about the heart behind this ministry and how God is using it for good at The Pearl House website.
The last two summers we have sent short term groups to the country of Belize to share the gospel through education, and construction programs. The primary area focus has been with the Ocean Academy High School in Caye Caulker, Belize. Teams have ministered to the students, teachers, and administrators of Caye Caulker by helping them improve facilities through construction, teaching summer school, tutoring students, and helping with staff and student development.
Read more about Ocean Academy at https://www.friendsofoceanacademy.com.
Ministering in Mexico
During the past eight years, SHBC has sent numerous mission teams to Rio Verde, Mexico. Team members have hosted church services, children’s events and Bible schools, visited in prisons, and conducted sports camps, built churches and more.