HEART POWER Bootcamp A Success

The HEART POWER Bootcamp, sponsored by KBNF, was a joy to share.  Many thanks to those who joined us for the Saturday morning presentation.  It is my sincere hope that the 4 Heart Power Concepts leads all to ‘Extreme Living and Achieving.’  If you are interested in UNCOMMON LIVING, join us for one of the next bootcamps, Dreamswork or Heart Power.

Heart Power participants’ responses:

“You organized such a wonderful seminar, and thank you so much for having me. Once the next one is around I will most definitely have to bring more students, for hearing this information can enrich their lives and futures.” Ash Shamsian, President of KBNC UBC.

“I would like to thank you for enlightening us with your caring ways, looking forwarded to learning and experiencing more.  Hope to see you soon.”

“Let me add my sincere gratitude. I really, really enjoyed the seminar. It crystallized many things in my head and put thoughts into words. Can’t wait for the next one… I’d like to bring some friends along next time.”

“Thanks for the presentation yesterday. Danny, you are always inspiring and I think if we had the time there is so much more you could have shared.”

Seth’s Health Update – January 21, 2011

Dear friends,

Three and half months have passed by since I was shot in the thigh by armed robbers. I am ever so thankful to the Lord for being with me through the attack, for His peace that passes all understanding, for protecting Cecilia and Naakai from being brutalized, for healing and for grace for us to forgive those who invaded our privacy and tried to kill me after robbing us. We are thankful also to all of you for supporting us in prayer and with your encouraging visits, messages and gifts. I have received tender loving care from the doctors and other health-care staff. They have done a great job in their effort to restore the right limb that I thought I was going to lose on account of the extent of injury. The lead surgeon Dr. Abednego Addo encouraged me much when he said “my goal is to get you back walking normally”.

Each day indeed has brought positive changes in my health. The wounds have healed. I am flexing the knee now at 70 degrees active and almost 90 degrees passive. Pain associated with full extension has been dealt with. This means I am now able to put more weight on the limb, especially as I now have more power in the thigh muscles that suffered a degree of atrophy. Occasionally a few moments of depression but the Lord has kept my spirit and morale high through His Word and through the prayers and encouragement of many of you. The visit of Jim Thomas in December to celebrate Christmas with us was uplifting. So also was the visit of President John Evans Atta Mills and that of his wife and of so many from all walks of society. The President of World Vision International (WVI) Mr. Kevin Jenkins and his wife Helen, the Board Chair of WVI Roberto Oliviera and several other international friends called to encourage and support me. It is refreshing and healing to have so many friends around the world praying for me and helping in many ways.

Cecilia has almost recovered from the shock while busy combining chores in the home and care of me. She has done a great job looking after me and driving me daily to the hospital for physical therapy. I am deeply grateful to her. Naa Kai is also getting over the shock of seeing armed robbers in the house and witnessing the shooting of her Dad. She is so happy to see me back on my feet with the Zimmer frame.

For the first time since the event, I was able to worship at Faith Presbyterian. The members were elated to see me and joined to give thanks to the Lord for answer to their prayers.  Also, I have been back at my office to do light work to get me back to normal life. More and more, I am able to do things for myself, a good sign of healing and of the state of my health. With the computer and broadband facilities at home (thanks to an anonymous friend at World Vision), I am almost doing full time business via the Internet including e-mails and writing and editing of reports. I must be careful not to sit for too long to precipitate deep vein thrombosis. I am also watching my diet so I do not put on weight. I am taking natural cocoa drinks regularly. Aside from significantly reducing my cholesterol level and bringing it to normal levels, I am convinced that it contributed to the rapid healing of my wounds. So I encourage you to drink cocoa regularly — and without sugar or milk to have full benefit of its antioxidant properties.

Join Cecilia and I and the girls to praise to the Lord and give thanks to Him for what He has allowed and for the significant blessings already flowing from this incident. All who have been to visit us have left with a blessing of renewed faith in the Lord and have been challenged to follow Him. I have been asked by many who have heard the full story to document it. I am convinced already that the Lord would have us do this and so will get to do it trusting it will be an instrument of God’s blessing in the lives of many.

Let me once again thank all of you for expressing concern and for your acts of love in our lives. I am grateful to Marjorie Ratel of Vancouver Canada and Jim Thomas of Slidell USA who have been in touch regularly with us and have updated you all on developments here since October 06 2010.

We praise the Lord who allowed us to go through such tribulation to glorify His Holy Name.

We wish you all happy and blessed New Year

Seth Ayettey

An Update On Seth Ayettey

Dear friends and family,

Jim has kept me updated on your responses to the trauma we faced on October 6th from the attack of armed robbers. Cecilia and the girls are so thankful first to the Lord and then to all of you His lovely instruments that have also been channels of His amazing love to us. We have been used to ministering to others and their needs. We never expected that October 6th will change our life and place us in a position to be refreshed by so many saints. What happened to us has already been used by the Lord to let us know how deeply and sweetly we are loved by so many around the globe. Some of you we have never even met. You just spontaneously responded to our needs as for brothers and sisters in Christ. We thank you all very much. Broken doors have been replaced, security has been strengthened on the recommendations of the Ghana Police, we have installed a battery invertor to ensure continuous supply of electrical power when the main power is interrupted; we also have an air-conditioner in the area I sleep for comfort. I also have a brand new computer with modern features to enable fast communication and with full internet service for a year as a gift from anonymous friends at World Vision. Many of you have also responded to our special request for funds to build the school for the children at Shiashie so they develop their God-given talents. Our personal needs have been met abundantly — including those for my medical care. Friends in Ghana including the President and his wife and members of Faith Presbyterian Church (where I minister) have shown much love. My professional colleagues have looked after me like a ‘king’ and given me their best. They kept me at the ward reserved for the President of the country. Prayers continue to be offered world-wide and letters and well wishes cards continue to come our way. All these have been God’s blessing in the healing process for which Cecilia and I are deeply grateful.

We are close to 3 months since the attack and injury. The Lord has been good to me. I have made significant progress. All wounds have healed and the plaster cast is off. The limb is free for me to continue flexion exercises. I am at 70 degrees and working towards 90. Weight bearing will begin in a week. Pray that this will be successful so I can get back to walking soon.The knee had been quite swollen but this is getting better. I look forward to the day that I shall return to ministry at the Church and also to return to teaching at the Medical School. I miss the students.

May the Lord use what He has allowed in my life to bless many beyond what we can expect.

We thank you all again so much. We love you all deeply and are praying for you for a joyful celebration of Christmas and the peace of the Lord through 2011. Jim Thomas is here visiting and to keep me company. He will join the Prison Ministry team this Saturday to celebrate Christmas with inmates and officers. This will be the first time I shall miss Christmas celebrations in the prisons since this begun in 1995.

Seth and Cecilia

Finance Project Update

Here is some good news for our donors, members and volunteers. Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation, with the support of your generous donations, is committed to implementing an online fundraising tool that will help to reduce volunteer administrative workload and free up more time to focus on the much needed effort to raise funds.  We have been working on this project for months and now it will soon be a reality!

We are so excited about the new online fundraising software tool called DonorPerfect, which offers so many opportunities for the project, some of which are as follows:

  • Manage constituent contacts and donor development, send personalized communications, successfully handle special events and easily run all types of fundraising.
  • Enter, recognize and manage gifts and pledges quickly and accurately.
  • Manage our campaigns and analyze the results.
  • Manage all our fundraising information in one complete source and integrate it with our accounting software.
  • Enjoy the ability to run different types of reports to assist with assessing the impact of each fundraising activity.
  • Quickly generate reports on donations, memberships, grants, campaigns and events.
  • Harness the Internet and web-based technologies in order to serve our mission and improve fundraising results.

I am also delighted to point out that we have added an IT project coordinator volunteer to the Finance team with more than 30 years of experience in IT that will assist with the implementation of the online fundraising software in 2011.

We hope that you will continue to support Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation with donations through the various fundraising efforts to help bring this project to fruition.

Education and Training Update

Dr. Wayne Moore, Dr. Katerina Dorovini-Zis and Professor Richard Gyasi

The KBNF Education Committee is very pleased to have hosted Professor Richard Gyasi, Head of the Pathology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for 6.5 weeks in October and November. He enhanced his knowledge of brain pathology and the techniques required to study it at the Vancouver General Hospital, under the direction of neuropathologists Dr. Katerina Dorovini-Zis and Dr. Wayne Moore.

Because of already available equipment at KBTH, Professor Gyasi will be able to institute new procedures in studying the brains of Ghanaian individuals suspected of having died of neurological disorders, as well as bringing greater knowledge to the interpretation of microscopic slides of brain tumours. He now has a friendly “Vancouver connection” that he will be able to consult for his more difficult cases, via the Internet.

Professor Gyasi’s visit to Vancouver was made possible by Dr. Felix Durity, who worked through a lot of institutional red tape, by the support of his colleagues at KBTH and the University of Ghana. It is the expectation of the KBNF Education Committee that this type of educational experience can be replicated every year, helping to enhance Ghanaian and West African expertise in many neuroscience related disciplines.