Anchor Church showers Ghana with love from Milford

MILFORD — Anchor Church has a mission this summer.

“Imagine not being able to just turn on the faucet for a glass of water or being able to pick up a case of bottled water at the grocery store whenever you want. That’s the reality the people of Banda Bofie face,” Pastor Paul Bowman said.

Banda Bofie is a village in the Banda district of the Brong Ahafo Region in south Ghana, Africa with a population of more than 850 people, according to Ghana Statistical Service’s 2010 Population and Housing Census. As one of the top 10 largest communities within the Banda district, it has since grown to 1,200 people, according to missionaries.

Clean water, although just one problem for the growing community, was a top need for the village chief.

“Villagers in Banda Bofie must travel over one-mile on foot several times per day to the nearest source of clean water to supply the needs of the village of 1,200 people,” Pastor Bowman said.

Anchor Church in Milford are selling shirts and water bottles to raise money in hopes of providing water to a village in Ghana, Africa.

“We are doing this in partnership with Zera Missions International (based out of Salisbury). In August, we are going to Ghana on a mission trip to several villages. On a previous recent visit, Zera Director Lee Oxford asked the village chief what the number one need was. His answer without hesitation was, ‘Water.’ Lee then committed to raise the funds in time for the trip in August.”

The commitment, Pastor Bowman explained, was met with excitement.

He said, “When the commitment was made, smiles and applause immediately broke out – especially from the women who are the primary ones who make the daily trek.”

To help provide clean water to the area, Anchor Church hopes to raise $3,500 by July 15.

“This will cover the digging of a new fresh water well equipped with a hand pump capable of servicing the entire village of Banda Bofie in Ghana, Africa,” Pastor Bowman said. “The funds will be wired to the team on the ground in Ghana working with the professional well driller, who will then drill and setup the well during our trip in early August.”

Although donations are also requested, Anchor Church has been selling t-shirts and water bottles to benefit the project. Tax deductible donations can be made online at water.anchormilford.com or by texting “$X Africa” to 84321.

“Having a source of clean, fresh water available right in their own village, as opposed to a 2km trek several times per day, will make an immense difference in the daily lives of the village. Water is needed for virtually everything and not having a clean source is literally life threatening. Having a reliable source available right in the village will make an immediate and tangible impact on everyone’s lives,” Pastor Bowman said passionately.

“We are hoping that this can be a project that is not only for our church, but that the entire community can get behind and help make a difference in. We are blessed with plenty of access to water whenever we want it and it’s easy to forget that it’s not the case around the world. This is one way we can all make a tangible difference in the lives of fellow human beings.”

Anchor Church meets at the Boys & Girls Club in Milford every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. They have been in operation since April 2017.

“We’ve had a great year and absolutely love being in this community. We have several community fun events planned throughout the summer including our outdoor movie nights on the third Friday of each month – at Abbott’s Mill in July and downtown at Memorial Park in August and September,” Pastor Bowman said. “We are also in the planning stages of an outreach in August where we are looking to provide uniforms for under resourced students in the Milford School District.”

To learn more about the church and what they have going on, visit AnchorMilford.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/anchormilford.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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