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Share Solomon’s unlikely journey

Posted: Friday, Mar 15th, 2013

Solomon Ayagri, who presented a slide show on Feb. 24, is shown with Jason Cody.

Special to the Courier

ALAMOSA — When Solomon Ayagri and his family showed up in Uganda to preach the Gospel and plant churches, the people there were surprised. Solomon is from Ghana and he introduced himself in Uganda as “a missionary.”

“What?” the people said, “A black missionary?” All the missionaries they had seen before Solomon had been white.

God provided many surprises along the way in Solomon’s life journey. Solomon had dropped out of school as a young boy and had to go to work herding sheep for his older brother, Moses. But as Solomon pastured the sheep he saw children walking to school and speaking English. He wanted to return to school, but it wouldn’t be easy. To go to school meant he still had to do his job before and after school every day. He did return to school and as a young man he was given the opportunity to be trained as an evangelist at a seminary in Nigeria.

After his training, he helped plant churches in Ghana and was married to Georgina in 1993 before they moved to Uganda. They have three sons and a daughter.

The Lord has blessed their family and Solomon’s work. He was successful in planting 15 churches in Uganda from the mid 90’s until 2010. Much of the work of starting the churches was done by Solomon and his family extending personal invitations, asking people to come and hear the Good News of Jesus.

Solomon also coordinated the digging of fresh water wells in the communities in which he served. Clean drinking water helps people avoid many diseases which often afflict those who live in Africa.

Over the years, all the new churches received pastors and Solomon’s work there was finished. He returned to Ghana and was given the opportunity to attend Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, for pastoral training and a master’s degree.

When he arrived in America, there was another surprise. The money that the seminary had been told was set aside for Solomon’s tuition had not been raised. However, a nurse in northern Michigan who was ready to retire decided to keep working to help pay for Solomon’s tuition. Solomon is finishing his third year at the seminary. He is about to return to Ghana and serve as a pastor and church planter in a region in central Ghana, where his family is already living.

The congregation was thankful for Solomon’s slide presentation at Trinity Lutheran Church and School on Feb. 24. Trinity Lutheran is now among his friends, together with Jason Cody, who he met while at the seminary. What a blessing to hear how God is able to accomplish so much by the surprising goodness of His gracious love to us and all people – a love beyond anything deserved. Through His love to us in Christ He is able to do the impossible (Matt. 19:26). His new Trinity family look forward to hearing more about how God’s grace is working in Solomon’s life and pray for the blessings of Christ to be with Solomon and his family in all they do.

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