Erik and Bridget Martin

An Invitation To Serve: Life Teen Ghana Mission 2012

“They left everything and followed Him.” Luke 5:11

The first time we went to Ghana, I met a young girl named Rosemary. She was very shy at first and kept her distance. When she would see us come back each day from the village, she would sheepishly wave and then run back to her house. Her little brother Broda on the other hand, was quite the opposite and would throw himself into our arms each time he saw us. Whenever we would try to talk to Rosemary, she would just smile and hide her face in her hands. I didn’t know it at the time, but this young girl was about to have an impact on me that would change my life forever.

It became my mission to get to know this young girl and for her to not be afraid of us. So each day we would try to talk to her and joke around with her, and each day we would get the same response, a beautiful smile, a nervous laugh, and her hiding her face in her hands. We finally asked Rosemary if she would be our tour guide and walk us around the neighborhood so we could see more of where we were staying without getting lost.  Surprisingly she nodded in approval and before we knew it we were following her through her little village. 

During our little tour we peppered Rosemary with questions, 95% of the time all we got was the sheepish smile and nervous chuckle. Over the next few days though, Rosemary began to open up to us more and more. Our favorite thing was her teaching us Twi, (pronounced Chwee) the local dialect of the region where we were in Ghana. Every day on our tour we asked Rosemary to teach us Twi, and everyday she would laugh and tell us, “It’s not Twi, it’s Chwee.”

We learned more about her life . . . like how she wanted to be a Journalist when she grew up, and some of her favorite songs that she wrote in a little song book, and how she never really had a father. Unfortunately, the time came that we all regretted, our mission was coming to a close. As we were getting ready to head out, I wanted to give Rosemary something to remember us by, not knowing if we were ever coming back. We had one more of our mission shirts left, so I decided to give it to her.

As I handed her the shirt, she gave me the biggest hug with tears rolling down her cheeks, begging for us not to go. I never knew she cared that much, or that there was that much emotion hidden behind the walls we saw. I promised Rosemary that I would be back, and praise the Lord I did, because it would be the next year, in that little village, serving the poorest of the poor that I would fall in love with my wife Bridget’s missionary heart and my life would be changed forever. That’s a story for another time though.

I want to invite all college students to prayerfully consider joining us as we go back to Ghana this summer, July 5th through August 2nd.

You will spend a few days of formation prior to departure and a few days upon returning from Ghana processing the mission at Life Teen’s Mission Base and Summer Camp, Covecrest, located in Tiger, Georgia. Each missionary is asked to raise $3500 and an army of prayer warriors to cover the mission in prayer. While we are there we will have the opportunity to help conduct Life Nights at the local parish, minister to those in a children’s hospital, participate in a medical mission, build mud homes for villagers in need, and share the Gospel to all those we encounter. We will be living in community with a local missionary family in their home with their three small children.

A non-refundable deposit of $350 will be required by April 30th to secure a spot. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Erik Martin at [email protected].

Check out our video from our mission trip last year, and continue to follow us here, as we share more stories each week of our time being on mission in Ghana.

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2


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Erik and Bridget Martin

About the Author

Erik and Bridget were married in April of 2011. Bridget was a missionary with Family Missions Company for 10 years and Erik became a missionary with Life Teen in 2007. They currently live and serve at Life Teen Covecrest, located in Tiger, GA focusing on local outreach and leading short term foreign mission trips for college students.