DIRECTOR'S NOTES

Thoughts from Mission Resource's director and founder, Dave Ketchum.

November 2019

Without your support and prayers, Mission Resource would not be able to report the following.  Recently you have read and heard a lot about Samaritan FM in Yala Kenya.  Here is the report we recently received from Brother Peter Mulwale, the managing director.  

Brother Ketchum,

We are doing fine receive greetings from Julie my family and the staff of the Samaritans radio. It is two months since the launch, so-far so-good the Lord has been faithful, the radio has remained on without any hitch. The members of staff have improved a great deal in their delivery of good programs, we have at least eight Pastors from other churches preaching paying a total of USD 160 a week, we have managed to sell to other clients like; a poultry farm fetching us on spot adverts USD 37 per week, a ring tone company USD 90 per week, a sanitary towels dealer US 45 and a few promises pending.  The Salaam cards’ revenue of USD 100 a week is consumed paying for the Electricity and meals for the staff and fuel for the back up generator. We have been able to pay salaries to the tune of USD 700 last month, we are able to take care of this month as well. We have some pending debts like the filter and the antennae totaling USD 3,000 that we are still servicing. 

Above all the team is excited and charged up to ensure we maintain the high note we started on.  We are grateful for all the effort you have made to get us this far we thank God for you and all the donors who put their faith in us. May God richly reward you.

Elder Peter Mulwale

There is no way the group in Yala could have found the capital to start Samaritan FM; however, by our supplying the capital, we have given several people a meaningful job.  Samaritan is giving hope in and truth to listeners.  The station is on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  To me, this is the ultimate in fulfilling the vision of Mission Resource.

So grateful,

David A. Ketchum

President

October 2019

In Emmanuel’s latest report from Mission Resource Ghana, he stated that 28 people received loans and that nearly $20,000 came in from the revolving fund.  Hallelujah!  On the flip side of this great news, he mentioned 3 clients who had family members who died during this time frame.  One client lost his mother-in-law and brother.  Another client’s 12 year old daughter died of an eye infection, and yet another one’s mother passed.  While we certainly experience death here, it is not as prevalent as it is there.  Emmanuel’s heartfelt thoughts express it so well that I want to share his reflections:


Those of us alive today cannot do anything better than appreciating God irrespective of what challenges we face. The rate at which able people are dying cannot be understood. Today, people who are not sick go to bed but are unable to see the next morning. Why has it not happened to us?  We would all be seeking the interest of our Maker day by day instead of ours if we should have an idea of how God rescues us from the hand of death. May God be merciful to us and grant us understanding so we can do His will. 


We thank God who has allowed us to see today and we appreciate all brothers and sisters who give, who pray, and who work to support the work of Mission Resource so as to help the needy and those who help in diverse ways to share the gospel.


On a different note, September 26th was our Golf Classic.  We had 16 teams, perfect weather, and just an overall enjoyable day at our new venue Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus.  Please consider playing.  It is always the last Thursday in September in memory of my dad Earl.

So grateful,

David A. Ketchum
President

September 2019

You are allowing us to be involved in some truly amazing projects.  Last month I told you I would be going to Kenya for the dedication of Samaritan FM 88.3.  This month I want to report that we had the dedication.  Well over a thousand people attended.  The governor of their county spoke.  Choirs sang and danced.  There was incredible enthusiasm for a Christian radio station to be on air.  Fourteen pastors have already signed up for 30 minute programs.  They sell Salaam cards, which are a card that allows people to give a greeting on air.  They are selling an average of 200 a day.  So far, there is no marketing department, but people are inquiring about getting their message heard.  This is a case where Mission Resource funded the fishing equipment for them to go out and catch fish, and make a sustainable Christ-centered business out of it.  

Secondly, I want to report that the Mission Center in Ghana is under construction.  The “sod cutting” ground breaking ceremony took place at the end of August.  The foundation is being dug and concrete is being poured.  We praise God that it is becoming a reality.  The process began in 2010.  Mission Resource Ghana got the title in 2015.  The wall was erected in 2017, and now we pray the work continues and is completed within a year or so.  The goal is to help further the link between resources here in the United States with needs and opportunities with our brothers and sisters in Ghana and beyond.

Your prayers and support is critical to everything!  God’s grace continues to bring unity and change lives for now and for eternity.

So grateful,

David A. Ketchum
President

August 2019

It is difficult to believe that kids are beginning the new school year already.  I want to share a couple things with you this month.  First of all, I will be going to Kenya on August 26th for the dedication of Samaritan FM.  Without your support, this certainly would not have happened.  They have been on air for nearly two months, and everyone involved is excited.  I am so proud that Mission Resource has funded the whole thing.  The goal is that Samaritan FM will be a for-profit company with advertising revenue designed to cover all expenses. 

Secondly, I probably need to share with you more statistics than I do. I usually share them at the banquet, but I forget many of you do not attend it. So, let me just list a few statistics.

 

Businesses started in Ghana since 2003

154 as of 2017

183 as of 2018

Jobs created in Ghana through Mission Resource loans

465 as of 2017

605 as of 2018

Number of people who have accepted Christ

1639 as of 2017

1671 as of 2018

Churches planted in Ghana

2 as of 2017

2 as of 2018

Businesses started in Kenya since 2013

35 as of 2017

35 as of 2018

Businesses started in Liberia since 2016

41 as of 2017

71 as of 2018

 

In addition to these numbers, I am excited to tell you that 2018 was the first year that the Ghana fund covered all of its administrative expenses from the repayments and interest charges.  

Many thanks,

David A. Ketchum
President

July 2019

Every month I thank you for your continued support and prayers. Many of you think that I am a broken record, and that I continue to say the same thing each month. That is partially true, but you need to know that I claim that truth and recognize your faithfulness and God’s graciousness. 

This month I want to remind you of what the Bible says about wealth. In Deuteronomy 8:18, it says “remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” But, in James 4:13-15, it says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life: You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” 

So, we need to keep the balance: the tension of planning and walking in faith. I am often reminded of this when asking a Ghanaian how they are. Their response is usually, “I am fine, by God’s grace.” We are grateful for your support and prayers as we balance the tension and move forward by God’s grace.

June 2019

Your support of Mission Resource has allowed us to dream and grow.  Thanks so much for Investing in Dreams.  One of the dreams we have been dreaming for nearly ten years has to do with bio-char or eco-char.  Although it is a form of charcoal, researchers are finding out its amazing properties can help restore degraded soils, increase agricultural productivity, remediate toxins, and purify water.  One of the cool things about the char is its surface area, which is what allows it to help with water retention, compaction, and microbial growth.
 

The first of July I will be attending my second conference on bio-char.  Unlike the Midwest, so much of the soils of Ghana and West Africa are depleted and have lost much of their nutrients.  Our dream is to take organic waste products, gasify them, and use it in multiple ways.  Gasifiers can be made very simply with a couple of barrels or in very sophisticated equipment, depending upon the quantity and type of waste one is dealing with.


Check out the link below and see villagers using it.  https://youtu.be/-on9Eg7kaF8
 

Thanks for investing in our dreams and helping us make others' dreams come true.  The dream that is not a dream, but reality is that we dream innumerable people will come to Jesus Christ through the efforts of Mission Resource for as long as God allows us to remain on earth.
 

Many thanks, 

David A. Ketchum
President

May 2019

Your support and prayers is what makes everything possible.  This month, I thought I would just copy what Emmanuel wrote in his prayer news for you to see his perspective on what Mission Resource Ghana does.  Below is a direct quotation of his April Prayer News and Recap.


The merciful God has seen us all through the celebration of the death and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ. While it appears to be a time of sorrow when we look at how he was beaten, it is also a time of joy because there would not have been eternity for us without his death.  (And Resurrection)


"Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13  Death for another person as done by Jesus, no one can do. Not even a husband for his loving wife nor a dad for his most loving son. Jesus is the only one that has true love for mankind, even, in our sin.


As we cannot take on death in place of our neighbor, we can at least, reciprocate the death of Christ for us through loving others which we can demonstrate in diverse ways, such as sharing the gospel, helping the sick, the needy, the weak, creating jobs for the jobless etc. 


Mission Resource through the help of donors continues to demonstrate practical love for people by helping them with loans to put them in employment for the purpose of earning their living at one hand and for spreading the gospel of Jesus on the other. 


A lot of the social vices that we experience all around us has its roots to two things; not knowing Jesus and poverty. People would generally not go into prostitution, arm robbery, kidnapping etc if they really know Jesus and they are gainfully employed. 


Thank you again for your prayers and support.

Blessings and thanks,

David A. Ketchum

President

April 2019

On March 21st, I attended a workshop on Doing Business in Africa in Indianapolis. The keynote speaker, Grant Harris, was the senior director for African Affairs in the White House from 2011 to 2015 and is currently CEO of Harris Africa Partners.  


Africa is by far the largest continent in the world. Though difficult to imagine, China, the US, and Europe all fit within its landmass.  During Grant’s talk, he shared about the population of Sub-Saharan Africa, which is 4 times the size of the United States, yet it has very little infrastructure. He showed a map of Africa after sunset. Very little of it had lights like the developed world. It truly is the Dark Continent on multiple levels. BUT, the opportunities are enormous to supply the infrastructure and needs of so many people. Ghana, Kenya, and to some extent, Liberia, are a step ahead of many of the other countries. Ghana has a significant electric grid, with much of the country having access to it. With Ghana’s governance, there is a better chance for stability.


The most important piece I want to share with you is that not only is Ghana and much of Sub-Saharan Africa going to explode economically, its populations are becoming more and more Christian and will become the missionaries to northern Africa and much of the world. The Africans will be better suited along with the Chinese Christians to go and integrate into the world’s cultures where Christ will be proclaimed.


Blessings and thanks, 

David A. Ketchum
President                    

March 2019

Each month you, our partners, read my current thoughts on how you have helped Mission Resource.  This month, I want to thank you even more as I believe I am beginning to see a level of maturity and growth in the families and businesses you have helped us engage with through the years.  In addition, the Mission Resource Ghana fund had a 97% repayment rate for 2018, and it covered all its overhead for the first time as well.

I am feeling immense satisfaction as I see new buildings to worship in, new schools to impact future generations, and the next generation of our original partners graduate from college and return to help in the businesses.  In my opinion, it is all because we believed in them, invested in them, and have continued to walk the path with them.

Just last Saturday I saw the new roof on the first home of our long-time partner Ernestina  become a reality.  Ernestina could speak no English, had no idea of how to prepare a budget or even write.  Today she manages a handful of employees, handles her business well, and while I was there, helped lead a personal evangelism workshop.

These relationships you have helped us form are rooted in Jesus Christ and are making lasting impacts on people for today, for tomorrow, and for eternity.  All we do is sometimes difficult to measure, but the 2 1/2 weeks I just spent in Ghana was immensely fulfilling.  Most of all, I believe we have built a foundation that will continue to grow and evolve to make even greater lasting impacts.

Blessings and thanks,

David A. Ketchum

President                   

February 2019

Your support of Mission Resource has taken us through many highs and a few lows.  This month’s receipt/update is both.  It is with much delight that we want you to be aware that on Christmas Eve, Abby, Patrick, and Anderson Glasser got the news that their three-year wait to adopt a small Haitian child was going forward.  They learned that their 2 ½ year old adopted son would be available to meet at the end of January, and they immediately made plans to spend 2 weeks with him.  Over the last week or so, we have received photos of them enjoying their time together.  That is the highlight.


Along with this good news, we have to share that our dynamo Abby Glasser is leaving Mission Resource to work with Haitian Christian Outreach.  Haiti is the reason for Abby’s passion for missions.  She went as a high school student and then again was there as an intern for a summer during college.  So, it is with regret that we announce Abby will be exiting her post with us on March first.  Even though it will hurt in that we will not have her with us, we are truly excited for her to be working to improve the lives of Haitian people, whom she truly loves, and who are at the center of her passion.  


Abby has been so much more than an employee.  She embraces the Mission Resource vision of empowering, equipping, and encouraging people in developing countries to help themselves and their congregation through enterprise.


Abby, you will be greatly missed!!!!!!!!!!  Thanks for all you have done!!!!!!!!!!


Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum
President                           

 

January 2019

Because you have allowed me to invest in the dream of Mission Resource, we invested in lots of people’s dreams.  In fact, we desperately want to invest in more dreams—God given and God honoring dreams.  From my perspective, people who live in western cultures have more dreams and desires.  Many of our dreams and desires come from our materialistic culture.  Constantly we find ourselves bombarded by advertisers selling us the latest and greatest thing that “you” just have to have in order to give you happiness, success, or fulfillment.  Thus, we are often dreaming.

Often I find our African brothers and sisters in Christ are more content.  That does not mean they do not dream, but it is different.  For one thing, they do not watch television as often as we do.  But, all parents dream about a better education for their children, and Christ-followers dream about ways they can help their congregations move God’s truth and love forward. 

This year, the theme of our banquet is INVESTING in DREAMS.  So, not only am I thanking you for helping make 2018 the best year yet for Mission Resource as you helped us invest in more dreams than ever, I am asking you to begin praying and thinking about INVESTING in DREAMS period.  We can give people things that do not last, but if we strategically invest in them, that investment will not only make their lives better here on earth, but their souls will be in eternity forever with our Lord.

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

December 2018

Your prayers and financial support help to continue the ministry of Mission Resource International.  It is difficult to believe, but we have been on this journey for over 15 years.  

Many people are calling Africa the next great area of opportunity for economic growth.   However, many things we take for granted here in the United States simply do not exist for small businesses there.  For example, insurance is not something most people or businesses can afford. Emmanuel shared about three people in his November report whose circumstances might be different if they had insurance.

Firstly, Precious Adzowu began the year losing her place of business due to the expansion of a roadway.  There is no insurance to cover relocation costs.  Secondly, Francisca, a loyal client who sells fruit has a wound on her leg that will not heal.  She has no alternative but to close her shop, probably use some of her shops inventory money to pay to get her wound healed.  Thirdly, Daniel Ayawli, one of most successful clients, experienced a robbery in late summer.  He had the expense of making his buildings more secure in addition to the expense of losing the funds stolen. 

That said, not one of us has insurance against the ultimate thief, the devil, who is constantly deceiving us.  Each of us has to have our faith in Jesus Christ and get up and do the best we can each day to live for Him and share Him with others.  God’s grace is sufficient.  Life is difficult no matter where one lives.  In addition to being grateful to you, our American donors, we must thank our African clients who continue to pray for us, who express their gratitude and faith, and who live each day with more uncertainty than we do.

Blessings,

David A. Ketchum

President

November 2018

What a beautiful autumn we have had this year.  I simply love the gorgeous colors and variety God has created for us Midwesterners to enjoy.  So many of God’s children do not get to see anything that compares.   I guess they might have amazing fruit to eat, the ocean to view, mountains to see, but not nearly the colors of fall.  Perhaps he lets us enjoy them as a trade-off for the cold and snow.  

Thanking about His economy of abundance, I think it is prudent to share again with you that Mission Resource has the ability to receive donations of appreciated stock.  The market until just recently has been going up.  So, if it makes sense for you to donate appreciated stock, please let us know.  We have an account with Fidelity that is strictly for that purpose.


We wanted to let everyone know we are participating in #GivingTuesday again this year.  With your partnership and generous donors' matching gift we hope to raise $20,000 to fund more businesses in Ghana, Kenya and Liberia.  Visit our website www.missionresource.org on Tuesday, November 27th to give a gift that will be doubled! 


We also want to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!  We are truly thankful for you and your partnership that has impact the lives of hundreds of families in Africa.  We could not do this without you.   


Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum
President                           

October 2018

Your support enables Mission Resource to continue to change lives.  We are so thankful and humbled, because without you, it would only be an idea.  Sometimes I simply love how Emmanuel writes.  The following is his introduction to the Mission Resource Ghana September board report.  It reads as follows. 

Our warmest greetings to you all from your Ghanaian partners.  Irrespective of whatever challenges we have in our lives, we still have reasons to praise God for his gracious blessings.  The third quarter of the year has come to an end, and we still have breath in us that we have not worked for.  It comes from him freely to us.

We keep on doing what we can to help people with the end result of them knowing and serving Christ.  Our clients appreciate and support us through paying their loans and we continue to help more people.  We cannot measure the satisfaction of our clients completely with numbers but God can see from on high and give his blessings to all those involved in making impacts in the Kingdom.

 

Speaking of numbers, in Ghana alone a total of $104,774 has been given as loans to business men and women so far in 2018.  A total of 75 clients have received a loan this year with 48 being new clients.  The work of overcoming poverty and growing the Kingdom through business is taking place every day!  We are blessed by your partnership to be a part of it all. 

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

September 2018

Your continued support allows us to receive reports like the one below.  Years ago, FAME helped start a medical clinic in Tutukpene.  Most everyone laughed about the name and just said it often.  Today we are delighted to have Stephen, who is from Tutukpene, as a client.  I can now say I have been there and have seen the fruits of his labor combined with Mission Resource funds. 

Stephen is the church leader at Tutukpene in the northern Volta region of Ghana. He has been trading in several different kinds of goods, mostly, household goods. He added the mobile money business to it after receiving the Mission Resource funding. Stephen sold in smaller quantity as a teenager to take care of himself in Junior High School. He decided to continue this after completing school. He has been doing this business for years to take care of his family of five children and his wife at a smaller level. He was able to grow his business and create efficiencies after receiving funding from Mission Resource.

Stephen has been a key donor to his local church. For his love for the gospel of Jesus to spread, he opened a local radio station that he uses to preach the gospel to the people in that community.  From the business and his practical demonstration of his Christian faith, Stephen has respect from most people in his community and several people have come to Christ through him.

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

August 2018

A few months ago I was speaking with Ernest, a friend as well as a Mission Resource loan recipient. His congregation had recently built a new "chapel" or what we would call a church building.  He is the pastor and has been ever since I have known him.  Mission Resource helped him with a loan to start a chair and canopy rental business around 8 years ago.  He has always paid his loans off and has expanded his business substantially from its humble beginnings.  

Ernest mentioned one of the most important things he ever learned from Americans is that Americans plan.  He said he began to share the vision of building the new chapel with his congregation nearly a year before they asked for the funds.  He was able to share with them its cost, how if everyone planned ahead, they could put back money.  So, when the time came for them to give, they were ready.  What he shared with me was profound.  Sometimes such simple things as talking about planning ahead allowed this pastor/business owner to inspire his congregation to come up with the funds to build this new, much larger church building that they desperately wanted.

I am confident the planning idea was casually mentioned in a conversation, but he grasped the concept and put it to good use.  Praise the Lord for this new chapel, which I am confident was paid for primarily by Ernest, but he was so proud that he was able to transfer what he had learned to his congregation, and that in turn, they could see the benefit of planning ahead.

Blessings, 
David A. Ketchum
President
                          

July 2018

It is really hard to believe 2018 is more than half over.  The days are long, hot and humid.  Speaking of long days, I will have an exceptionally long one on July 12th when I make my first trip to the Philippines.  It will be the first time I will cross the international dateline, where you actually gain or lose an entire day.  I will be going as the guest of Rick Wolford, who I met when he was the Executive Director of FAME.   He and others have been working in the Philippines for many years, primarily planting churches.  They are exploring the possibility of starting businesses that can help create income for evangelists and sustainability for the churches. 

 

Needless to say, I am excited to see others begin to grasp the Mission Resource vision and see how business and entrepreneurship can fit into what they are already doing.  I still contend that Christ-centered businesses are the solution to enhancing lives and creating real hope throughout the developing world.   

 

Blessings,

David A. Ketchum

President                       

June 2018

A part of this journey of faith we call Mission Resource is developing deep relationships with our business partners and associates.   Building these deep relationships has enormous benefits way beyond what we witness in watching their lives improve by having extra income.  Many relationships we have are now in their second decade or longer.  We have attended many weddings and ceremonies of child naming.  On the other hand, we are beginning to experience the flipside of these friendships.  Over the last few weeks there have been a significant number of deaths occur within the “family.”  

Two of our business loan clients, Elizabeth Kporvuvu, who cooked Ghanaian food and sold it from her small kiosk, and Stephen Dugba who owned a small pharmacy or “chemical” shop died in the last few months. The young lady who calls us Mommy Sue and Daddy Dave, Ernestina Adjimah, who Mission Resource helped start Edinam Design, recently lost her father.   Then on Memorial Day, I learned that our Mission Resource facilitator in Kenya, Peter Mulwale’s mother, Agnetta Amati Mulwale passed away.  I had the fortune of meeting her when I visited in June of 2015.  She was a strong believer and instrumental in starting the church and putting up the building there in Yala.  What a privilege I have had in getting to know and worship with these wonderful friends and associates.  A celebration of life for Mama Mulwale was held Sunday June 2nd hosted by the Kenyan Anglican congregation in Indianapolis that I was able to attend.  Please pray for these families as they grieve. 

 

Blessings,

David A. Ketchum

President                          

May 2018

I cannot help it.  I have to share with you the excitement I have in my heart from the 2018 Engage Banquet.   The Commons in Columbus was an exceptionally nice venue.  The theme and the logo, including the colors used, was perfect.  I hope we can come up to that standard again next year.  The buffet style dining allowed those who were present to mingle more which, in my opinion, created a festive atmosphere.  Richard Clark challenged us with a message that resonated.  In fact, he shared how his grandmother started a business that helped build a church building in Virginia that supported the congregation: exactly the Mission Resource vision for Africa.  Patrick Mulwale, the brother of our Kenyan partner, gave the benediction and shared with us about his family and how his grandparents attended a Christian school started by missionaries which began the Christ-centered foundation for their family.   The generous attendees helped us set a record for funds raised.  All I can say is praise His mighty name.

The other thing I am so excited about is the new promo video we showed the night of the banquet.  Morgan Murdock went with me to Ghana this winter.  He was able to truly capture the vision with great story telling and phenomenal videography.  His drone shots, especially the one with the round huts below, are stunning.  Please take a couple minutes and share it with your church, small group, family and friends.  Perhaps they will, too, get excited and join us.  I am convinced this whole idea, if grasped by so many, could become a movement, a new paradigm in missions.

Please pray about how you can further Engage and launch Mission Resource to the next level!!!

In Christ,

David A. Ketchum

President

April 2018

Back home again in Indiana and now getting ready for our banquet on April 26th.  We are certainly praying that most of our local donor base will not only attend but will bring people who they think would benefit from hearing about the work of Mission Resource.  The past few weeks in Ghana were simply terrific.  As I went around and visited so many of our business partners, I was truly encouraged.  It confirmed the path we began nearly 15 years ago of empowering, equipping and encouraging Ghanaians to do business for the purpose of advancing God’s Kingdom.

Many of you will remember our talking about Jones and Adelaide Abby who own the Just By Grace business.  Adelaide had been selling household items for several years in the market at Nsawam. He contacted us and asked if we would consider helping them become wholesalers for Nestle Foods.  We were able to find the capital and help them with a loan of $36,700.  The loan allowed them to purchase required inventory for Nestle and to purchase a van for them to deliver their Nestle products.  Not only did Just By Grace pay off their loan, but they have truly flourished.

Let’s fast forward to my visit with them a couple weeks ago.  There is a brand new chapel at the Akramang Christian Church.  The old church building is now a Christian school that was started a couple years ago.  Their plan is to continue growing the school each year to allow the students go at least through junior high school.  The van that was originally purchased to transport Nestle products is now the church/school van that transports students.  Many, many people have had their needs met that they could not meet themselves; hospital bills paid and school feels paid.  Abigail Jones, their daughter has completed college and is planning to join her parents in the running of Just By Grace.  Getting to tell this story is only possible because of your belief and support.

 

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum
President 
                        

March 2018

As I sit here in Ghana writing this update, once again I am grateful to you our donors for believing in us and having the faith to believe.  Mission Resource is truly making a difference in many lives.  As I have travelled through southern Ghana meeting with many clients and hearing their expression of thanks, it is truly inspiring.  Morgan Murdock, who has been with us for over a week has been able to capture their lives in video.  We cannot wait to unveil it at the Engaged Banquet on April 26th.

 

We, too, just spent 4 days with the Odle family, getting video of the women making shea butter in TY village.  We spent Monday in Janga, a much larger town about 2 hours north of Tamale, the northern region capital, where we had an audience with the paramount chief and many of his sub-chiefs.  They expressed interest in being business partners with Jared's shea trading business.  Much is to still be explored, but it appears God is opening doors for us to work with Muslim leaders as they are seeing Jared's team want to do business ethically and compassionately.  We will have to be patient to see if it comes to fruition, but how exciting!

 

Thanks so much for your support and willingness to undergird us with prayer and financial support that appears to be on the cusp of literally transforming the lives of hundreds if not thousands of lives in the Muslim north in Ghana.

 

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

February 2018

Your donations help sustain us and allow us to continue this great journey of faith.  Many of you received our ENGAGE BANQUET mailing. Richard Clark, the VP for External Relations/Chief Advancement Officer at Johnson University, a man writing his dissertation on Business and Missions will be our keynote speaker. Please do not just consider coming, but think about those you know who might have an interest in the work of Mission Resource.  There are so many opportunities that we could be involved in overseas. The Mission Resource model is truly empowering and giving hope. 

 

Later in February I will be taking Morgan Murdock with me to Ghana with the purpose of shooting more video footage of our work there.  I could not be more excited about seeing what God does with him to promote Mission Resource.  He is extremely creative and hopefully his young eyes and perspective will help us gain new believers; others who will join us and be ENGAGED.

 

Last month we replaced Emmanuel's 1993 Mitsubishi with a 2010 Toyota pickup.  The new vehicle will help so much.  Emmanuel has babied his old vehicle for years and has kept it on the road.  We pray the Toyota will serve him/us for many years to come.  He had driven the Mitsubishi since 2007 without complaining or whining.  It was certainly time.

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

January 2018

Thanks to you, our donors, Mission Resource ended 2017 with many reasons for praise.  It was our best year of giving ever.  Brother Peter Mulwale in Kenya just informed us that in faith they constructed the church office structure that will double as the home of the Christian Radio Station, Samaritan FM.  Brother Sei Buor announced they have empowered several women in business in Ganta, Liberia.  The Odle Family have had some struggles with health issues this year, but their shea business in northern Ghana has helped improve the lives of hundreds of women and opened the door to share Christ with them.  We could not be more thankful for their commitment and resolve.  And, last but not least, Emmanuel, our long-time, loyal director in Ghana has continued to build the fund and continues to have phenomenal repayment rates.

 

The last couple months brought some amazing benefits to me and to Mission Resource.  Sue and I were able to spend Thanksgiving in Bolivia visiting Andrew and his wife Sarah.  It was amazing to see their life there, meet their friends and Sarah's co-teachers.  Having Andrew tell us they lived at the bottom of the "bowl" called the city of La Paz, even with pictures did not begin to allow us to understand what they were saying.  Literally, La Paz is a city constructed in a geographic bowl.

 

While Sue and I were with Andrew and Sarah, it became more evident to me that Abby Glasser is so much more than an employee of Mission Resource.  She went well beyond her normal roles.  She was willing to write the updates and receipts and did so much to promote our vision.  Being grateful does not come close to explaining how we feel.

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

December 2017

It’s hard not to think about gifts this time of year.  Mission Resource recently campaigned to raise $6,000 for #Giving Tuesday and because of the generosity of our donors, advocates and friends we exceeded that goal raising $6,725!  What a gift!  What a blessing!  Through the gifts given we were able to fully fund Winfred Nyador, a young farmer needing to expand his 5 acre watermelon and green pepper farm in Ghana, West Africa.  But $6,000 of that gift was also matched by a generous donor which means a total of $12,725 was raised to fund more men and women in Ghana, Kenya and Liberia!  What a gift!  What a blessing! 

We simply cannot do what we do without the gifts of those who are passionate about the work being done to overcome poverty through business!  Poverty burdens, buries and sometimes breaks but your gifts empower, encourage and equip.  What a gift!  What a blessing!  

As we celebrate Jesus, the greatest gift ever given, we say thank you and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!  

Blessings, 
Abby Glasser
Communications Coordinator

November 2017

November is a great time to think about what it is we are truly thankful for…life, health, the people around us, a good night’s rest!  We have so much to be thankful for. We are blessed and many of those blessings simply come because we live in America.  We have resources, opportunities and wealth like no other country in the world.  It’s amazing how quickly we can forget and take for granted how much we have and have access to.

 

Mission Resource works in three African countries all of which struggle with poverty, economic stability and even certain infrastructures, much different than what we see in the United States.  We come alongside our clients in Ghana, Liberia and Kenya with resources that empower, equip and encourage them to start businesses because we believe small investments make huge impacts. But we don’t just believe this; we see it in the men and women who continue to change their life through business!  Stella was able to build a house for her family through her business.  Prosper and Akos continue to faithfully support their local church through their business.  Stephen is able to send all four of his children to school through his business.  Margaret was able to take care of her family while they were temporarily down to only one income through her business.

 

At Mission Resource we are so thankful for you because you make it possible for us to continue to provide resources that truly do make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters like Stella, Prosper, Akos, Stephen and Margaret.  Thank you for investing in the work of Mission Resource!

Blessings, 

Abby Glasser

Communications Coordinator

October 2017

On September 28th, we had our 9th annual Mission Resource Golf Classic.  We had more players than ever, more sponsors than ever, and a beautiful day for fun, fellowship, and fundraising.  Jared and Anna Odle are doing quite well with more opportunities for ministry on all levels.  Their dream of doing business is beginning in earnest with their trading in shea nuts, with the intent of processing shea butter in the future. 

 

Sei and Yah Buor are back in Indiana from Ganta, Liberia for a few months and were able to share at the Golf Classic how they have helped 27 single, vulnerable, women from the funds Mission Resource granted them.  Their repayment rate is 100%!  They would like to see 25 more women given small business loans by the end of the year. 

 

Mission Resource Ghana continues to thrive through the hard work of Emmanuel and the board there.  We continue to pray we are able to raise the funds necessary to help Brother Peter Mulwale start the Samaritan FM Christian radio station in Yala, Kenya.  So much can be done as we work directly with our partners where the funds go right to the people without lots of overhead and bureaucracy.

 

Sue and I will be visiting Andrew and his wife Sarah in La Paz Bolivia in November and be there for Thanksgiving.  Sarah is a missionary in her own right as she is a social studies teacher at Highlands International Christian School.  They are on a two year contract that will conclude in the summer of 2018. 

 

We are excited to see where they live and be able to physically visualize their life there.  We would covet your prayers as we are concerned about the altitude which is approximately 11,000 feet above sea level.  That is over twice the altitude of Denver.  Instead of the Rockies, we will be in the Andes.  Sue was a Spanish major in college, so with her knowledge of the language, we hope to be able to navigate excursions while Andrew, who continues to work for Cummins, and Sarah are working.  This is another gift God is giving to us.

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

September 2017

As many of you know, I feel tremendously blessed on many levels.  One of the gifts I have been given, which believe me, I do not take for granted, is the fact that God allowed me to meet Enoch Nyador in 1987.  Dr. Bob Reeves, the executive director of FAME, Fellowship of Medical Evangelism, took me to Ghana where Enoch and I met.  At that time, Enoch was a professor at Ghana Christian College.  He had recently graduated from Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, Tennessee with a Master’s Degree and was back in Ghana.  Dr. Reeves not only introduced me to Enoch, but he planted in both of our young lives the desire to reach the unreached people groups in Ghana and throughout the world. 

Enoch has been faithful to expand that vision where medical clinics are hubs for not only treating people medically, but a means for introducing the Truth.  Since that initial meeting, Enoch and I have not only been friends, brothers in Christ, but share the goal of taking the gospel.  Since my experience was/is in business, I wanted to use that to come alongside Enoch to move things forward.  God has honored that dream as we have seen how much people desire to learn to do business to not only improve their lives, but to expand the Kingdom of God.  Enoch was willing to take the risk.  We now have seen “small investments make huge impacts” hundreds of times.


This coming November, Enoch Nyador is the president of the International Conference on Missions. This man of integrity, my friend, is recognized by thousands of Christian leaders as a man of God, worthy of this great honor.  The conference this year is in Peoria, www.theicom.org.  Literally thousands of people will convene to proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and to discuss best practices for reaching the unreached.  And to think that my friend, Enoch Nyador, the man who was willing to allow me to utilize his network in Ghana to use business as a vehicle to share Christ is the president. Please pray for this amazing gathering of mission leaders and pray for my close friend and brother Enoch.  So, let’s celebrate Enoch and thank God for his faithful work to proclaim Christ.

 

Blessings,

 

David A. Ketchum

President

August 2017

I blinked--Hilltop Camp is over.  The children are back in school.  Emmanuel has been reunited with his family back in Ghana.  Your support has sustained us through another summer!  We are greatly encouraged on many fronts.  The training center property in Ghana has now been walled.  A gate has been installed.  The land is secure.  We are hoping to raise the necessary capital to begin building.

Secondly, Emmanuel reported Mission Resource Ghana has now exceeded $500,000 in loans made.  Praise the Lord!  The revolving loan fund has had tremendous repayment rates the last two years.  In 2015 it was over 95%.  In 2016 it was at 99%.  2017 looks to be more of the same. Because of your belief, lives are being changed, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is being shared. Emmanuel is the key to this success, and we need to recognize him for his commitment, integrity, and loyalty.
 
Many other things are moving forward that will require greater capital and commitment.  Please pray for us to not get ahead or behind God in these endeavors.  We never want to take you for granted. In fact, please consider sharing about us with your friends, small group, and your church.  

Blessings, 


David A. Ketchum

President

July 2017

Nearly each month since we have been in full time ministry, I have thanked you for allowing us to continue this vision of empowering the less fortunate to hold up their head and faithfully serve their Lord through enterprise development.  God is so gracious to us.  He has allowed us to have impeccable partners in Ghana, Kenya, and now in Liberia. 

 

God has allowed us to bring Emmanuel here to minister to the campers, faculty, and all associated with Hilltop Christian Camp.  The summer camping schedule is half over.  What a pleasure it has been for me to watch him interact and immerse himself into the camp experience, all the while making an eternal impact on those whom he has interacted.  If you are so inclined, please do consider having him come to your church or small group.  There are still a few dates open.

 

Yesterday I chose to take advantage of proximity and a Saturday with nothing specific on our schedule to go to the Ark Encounter.  Yes, my faith and understanding has greatly increased.  Seeing the size, and learning the specifics of how God prepared Noah and his family to engineer such a marvelous vehicle that allowed the all the "kinds" of animals necessary to be there, and to preserve His seed for the Savior of mankind Jesus in such a way is beyond imagination, but it is true and real in my opinion;  certainly not a fairy tale.

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

June 2017

It is hard for me to believe we are nearly half way through 2017, less than a month away is the longest day of the year, and then we start back the other way.  One of the strange things for me to get used to is the fact that the days are hot in Ghana, but it gets dark so early.  Since it is on the equator, the days are basically 12 hours of daylight and an equal amount of darkness.   I guess I am ruminating about this since Mission Resource is the mission of the summer at Hilltop Christian Camp.  Emmanuel Akorli, our field director and board member from Ghana arrives on June 2nd and will be here until August 1st at the conclusion of camp.  He is making a big sacrifice to be here, leaving his family for 2 months.  Please pray for Vivian, Ellis and Belicia during his time of absence.

 

A few weeks ago, Emmanuel sent a report stating that Mission Resource has granted over $485,000 in loans through our revolving fund in Ghana.  Funds are granted from here to Mission Resource Ghana.  Mission Resource Ghana loans the funds out and as the funds are repaid, they go back out again and again to these businesses.  The fund is now several generations deep.   This does not include funds we have used for overhead, the training center property, or expenses for travel.   So, once again, let me thank you for your support in helping so many people receive funding to start and grow businesses in Ghana.   Now we have the privilege of supporting our partners in Liberia as well as in Kenya.   Our partners are worthy and capable of handling more funds.  Obviously, they have identified worthy recipients.  Pray for God to trust us with greater resources to empower, equip and encourage our African brothers and sisters in Christ.

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum

President

May 2017

Each month I write a note about what is currently happening in the ministry and thanking you for allowing us to continue.  The first part of May I received this email from our Liberian partners Dr. Sei and Yah Buor.  To me this says it all!  This incorporates the spirit of Mission Resource and the entire reason for our being.  Please read it and praise God!  


Dear Dave,
Tomorrow, Yah and her mircofinance team will be hosting a "Proverbs 31 Women​ No Default Loan Celebration." Since November, there are 18 loans or clients. The loan ranges from $250- $1,500. We are anticipating about 15 or more women and their spouses for food fellowship, prayers and time of celebration.  One of our goals is to take the next step:  for each one to open a bank account and regularly save on a monthly basis or weekly.
Thanks for your prayer, Sei and Yah

 

Blessings, 

David A. Ketchum
President
 

April 2017

Your contribution to Mission Resource is the way in which we continue to walk in faith.  You have helped us move the vision down the proverbial road.  One such dream was the purchase of land in Ghana to build a training center.  Our vision has always been to link resources here in the U.S. to opportunities and needs in Africa and the developing world.  The resources we have been able to use mostly up to this point have been your prayers and your finances.  But, now we have taken a step further down the road to develop the human resource piece of the puzzle.

In 2010 we began the process of purchasing the land.  We got the full title and deed to the land in November of 2015.  We got the four individuals to agree to the easement from the road to the entrance of the land just a few weeks ago.  Today, I am delighted to report we just completed the building of a wall around the property.  So, Mission Resource Ghana now has 12 acres of land directly on the gulf of Guinea about 1 hour and 20 minutes from the international airport in Accra.   The land is now ready to get its first building erected.

We know the training center will allow more people to visit Ghana and see, first hand, and catch the vision.  We pray people from the U.S. and people from Ghana will stay at the center, do training there, and enjoy the surroundings.   We pray that it will be a catalyst to more businesses started and Ghanaians empowered, equipped, and encouraged.

Blessings,


David A. Ketchum
President

 

 

March 2017

Your support allows us to share in the life of our loan clients.  In the last couple days Emmanuel Akorli, our field representative sent his detailed report for January and February.  He acknowledged our peaceful election cycles in Ghana and The United States.  He shared that nearly $15,000 came into the revolving fund from loan repayments.  He shared that 11 loans will be given out, 3 to existing clients and 8 to new clients.  It is such a joy to be working with people who acknowledge God’s sovereignty in their work and lives.

 

He shared three specific stories of loan clients.  First he shared about Ernest Nyador who began his chair and canopy rental business in 2009.  He has now grown the business to 500 chairs and 16 canopies.  His business has allowed him to pay for the education of 2 of his children to nursing school, a third child is being trained as a teacher, and the last child is still in primary school  The oldest son has graduated from nursing school and has found employment.  Ernest was involved in a terrible van accident in the beginning of 2016.  Everyone in the van but him was killed.  He was unable to stand for several weeks and had multiple fractures.  Today, he is mostly mended and has begun riding his motorcycle again.  Ernest took a total of 5 loans with an amount of $6,290.  The value of his canopies and chairs today is over $13,000.  Praise the Lord for Ernest, his business and for those he has shepherded by being the pastor of the Akplale Christian Church.

 

Also, shared in this report was information about Michael Gyan-Asumani, an owner of a furniture making business.  I was fortunate to meet Michael on my last two trips.  He will be one of the people profiled at the upcoming banquet on April 27th.  Please attend if at all possible to learn more about our work of helping people through business loans and mentorship.  We pray that many more people will be able to receive loans and be great examples of Christ-followers in their family and communities.

 

Blessings,

 

David A. Ketchum

President

February 2017

In the Mission Resource office, we intentionally have little reminders of why it is we do what we do.  I have a wooden piece of art in the shape of Africa hanging on the wall with huts, palm trees and mountains in the background and a woman carrying quite a large load on her head.  I have a globe that I received as a graduation gift from my parents which is a great reminder that the world is so much bigger than my little bubble.  I also have a small green statue, made of stone I purchased on my very first trip to Haiti many years ago.  These are not just objects to me but memories that tell a story.  They are more than artwork and decorations to fill an otherwise boring desk.  They are reminders of the wonder of God’s creation and my part in being faithful to His call.  They are reminders of what work lies ahead and that I must press on. 

Mission Resource is more than just an office or a reminder; it is a work that is pressing on in Ghana, Liberia, Kenya and beyond.  At the end of 2016, David traveled to Ghana greeting and meeting with many families that have received a business loan through Mission Resource.  Each family was extremely grateful sharing how through these resources they have been able to improve their lives and grow the Kingdom of God.  To date, more than 100 businesses have been started through loans given by Mission Resource (96 in Ghana alone) and 1,618 people have made a decision for Christ through the evangelistic efforts of these loan recipients.  And through these businesses 323 people have been employed.  The work continues and we couldn’t do any of it without you!  Your partnership and prayers are invaluable to the work taking place in Africa. 

So what little reminders do you have?  What sits on your desk, your kitchen island, your coffee table that makes you smile and remember and press on? 

Blessings, 

Abby Glasser

Director of Communications

January 2017

Your prayers and financial support made 2016 one of our best years ever.  We feel the foundations that have been laid will allow 2017 to be an even better year.  The seeds that have been sown are bearing fruit, and many of the businesses that we helped start years ago are flourishing.

People who flourish is what we as Christians are called to be.  Mission Resource wants to be the catalyst to allow more and more people to flourish in Christ as we help them with business loans and strategies. When one is flourishing, he is healthy in all areas of life.  He is in balance with his church, his family, his community and his business.  Often we are out of balance in areas of our lives.  So, we want to be promoting balance in all areas and do what we can to influence each person we are working with, be it here, Ghana, Liberia, or Kenya, to flourish in Christ.  That is why our banquet theme this year is Flourish.  Please save the date for our 2017 Banquet on Thursday, April 27th with guest speakers David Empson and Enoch Nyador.     

After my return at the end of November, I had the opportunity to spend time with a family who had recently returned to the U.S. after living and working in Ghana for the last 6 or 7 years.  I learned that they would be going back to Ghana in January.  They are trying to determine their next moves and asked me to spend some time with them there.  So, I will be there with them to be an extra set of eyes and ears and see if Mission Resource should get involved with what they have been doing. There are multiple levels and areas of training and business development that are currently going on.  Please pray for discernment. 

By his grace, 

David A. Ketchum
President

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