First Baptist Church Midland hosts missionary on her way to serve in Ghana, West Africa
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH (FBC) MIDLAND will host Rovaughna E. Richardson of Charlotte, North Carolina during the weekend of May 13- 15, 2016. Rovaughna is a missionary endorsed by American Baptist International Ministries as a global worker to serve in Ghana, West Africa, at the Baptist Vocational Training Center (BVTC) in partnership with the Ghana Baptist Convention.
Richardson will speak at 11 am – 12 noon on Sunday, May 15 following the morning worship service that begins at 9:30 am. Her topic is “Missions: Answering God’s Call”; and there will be time for Q&A.
First Baptist Church Midland hosts missionary on her way to serve in Ghana, West AfricaRichardson was educated at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. She holds a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling as well as a Master of Arts with a specialty in Human Development and Family Studies. Her undergraduate degree in Social Work was from the same institution. She has experience in the field of behavioral health with emphasis in working with young adults and families struggling with mental health issues and familial dysfunction. Richardson is very well prepared to serve the needs of the students of BVTC given her education and previous work experiences serving a challenged population of young adults battling substance and physical abuse, human trafficking, gang violence, issues of grief, depression and poor self-image in the Republic of South Africa.
At the BVTC Richardson will be working with girls and young women who have escaped or have been rescued from the "trokosi" practice of ritual slavery where they are subjected to forced labor, sexual and physical abuse and social isolation. It is her desire and expectation to offer aftercare and rehabilitation programs to these former trokosi slaves. Her aspirations encompass "globally promoting the importance of mental health in creating empowered and self-sustaining individuals and families." She believes that “physical treatments and interventions are more enduring if individuals are emotionally healthy and mentally supported"; and as the Reverend Grace Akunor, principal of BVTC, adds, they realize they are “special and beloved children of the Most High, their Creator”.
Since 2010 FBC Midland has developed a very strong bond of ministry with the BVTC. In 2010 a team of twelve members went on a mission trip to Ghana and spent two very memorable weeks with the students and staff of the BVTC. The following year Rev. David Brown, then Associate Pastor, and his wife Susan, went and spent two months with them. In 2012, Susan and Bobbie Baker, an FBC member and retired nurse, went and spent a month. Rev. Grace Akunor, the manager of the BVTC came to the US in 2014 and spent a month on a thank you tour of a number of congregations and organizations that have supported the ministry and work at the BVTC. She spent a week with FBC. So there is a great deal of anticipation and excitement for Richardson’s visit.
During her visit, Richardson will also meet and share with several Midland members of the “Human Trafficking Task Force” at 4 pm on Friday, May 13. Rev. Lara Heise, FBC’s Lead Pastor and Kim Bruce, FBC congregant and the Director of Client and Community Advocacy at Shelterhouse are members of the task force. She will also visit with and speak to the Plymouth Elementary School’s Team of “Girls On The Run” and their parents at 11- 11:30 am on Saturday, May 14.
All who are interested in hearing Richardson are most welcome. For additional information please contact the FBC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-835-6731.