Klaas Kouwen Family

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Our area

Wawase, the village we live in, is located in the south of Ghana, about an hour’s drive north of Cape Coast and the Atlantic Ocean. It was established 70-80 years ago. People came from other areas to settle here and to obtain land from the chief. What was tropical rain forest was cleared, and most farms consist of several acres of cocoa and oil-palm trees. People here are able to support themselves with the necessities of life, but only the basic things. Our area does not have severe poverty or hunger problems.

Almost all profess to be a Christian, but often ancestor worship, juju and taboo observances are combined with churchgoing. The introduction of the electricity grid about 10 years ago brought exposure to western and Nigerian media that are increasingly breaking down relationships.

The school

Charity African Mission has been active in this town since 1993. While helping children with Bible Memory, Joy Clark and Rosella Wittmer noticed that many children could not read properly. Eventually their assistance in teaching Phonics resulted in the establishment of a school in 1999 when three classes were populated. Since 2002 the following brothers have had a role as school principal / headmaster: Eric Cherry, Andy Zelinski, Elson Miller and at present Klaas Kouwen. Since 2006 the school is full-fledged with over 300 children in 11 classes at KG, Primary and JHS-level. Beside Klaas there are 14 teachers and a school secretary, all Ghanaians.

Our family

We have lived most of our lives in Holland. During a two-year stay in Ohio in '05-'07, we felt the call to make ourselves available for eventual missionary service, although we didn't think this would ever happen due to our age. To our surprise, the Lord sent us to Wawase in August '07.

Klaas is responsible for administration of the school. He guides the teachers in their roles toward 300 children. Since mid '11 Klaas is also involved in a Bible broadcast ministry via the town loudspeakers. Twice a week an early-morning half hour of New Testament recording is aired in the local Twi language.

Geraldine takes care of household and home school duties. Since '12 she has a thriving weekly children's ministry. She also gives medical assistance to many who knock at our door.
Otto and Bram help with practical issues at school and around the house after their home school hours.

Please pray for us that:

  • Victory Christian School will have a spiritual effect on the community. Its motto “Equipping Youth to Serve God and Man” can only be worked out if all teachers are of one accord and on fire for God! And this is to our joy presently the case! May His Name be glorified in all of us and them.
  • we will acquire true fluency in Twi, the local language. We are all happy to see the progress we have made. Geraldine and the boys are able to communicate quite well already.
  • interaction with the people in town will lead to them realize what it practically means to be a Christian.
  • the staff will see opportunities at school to bring children to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  • God will show us how to effectively apply His Word to the Ghanaian mindset.
  • the daily contact our own children have with many peers will open their hearts.
  • we will be able to cope with the isolation. We are 12 – 15 hours away from the northern stations and 4.5 hours from fellow missionaries in Accra, and our contact is sparse.
  • our relationship with the church the mission originally started in town can be restored. Six years ago, they severed their ties with the mission due to issues in the past.
  • revival will come to the whole area.

Thank the Lord with us for:

  • protection against sickness. We enjoy eating local food and also street-side food without adverse effects.
  • protection against spiritual attacks. Enemies have launched and are launching specific curses that have had no effect on us.
  • good relationships with the students, teachers, parents, village people and officials. Things have improved very much in the past six years.
  • a continuation of His work in this area. These people are not considered ‘unreached’, but they are probably more ‘unreachable’ due to the way Christianity has been mixed with traditional religion.
  • the indigenous, low-budget principles our mission is following. It gives us the opportunity to live simply among the people without need of a guard and compound walls.
  • brothers and sisters in various countries who are willing to intercede for us. Can we also count on your prayers?

Last updated: May 2014