Saturday, April 21, 2012

Children…

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I took this photo of my son-in-law and grandson standing by the sea in Accra, Ghana.

I find it ironic that our last couple of days in Ghana were spent by the sea,

since, (if you’ve been a follower/reader here for any length of time), you know how much I love the sea!

Some of you asked how our goodbyes to our children went.

(For those who don’t know, my daughter, son-in-law and grandbabies are currently missionaries in Ghana.)

Of course we cried, but I tried to be somewhat brave, as the grandkids and my daughter were crying.

Then my husband and I both cried some more once we were on the plane.

I can picture their life there now.

The Ghanaians love them, and I totally understand why they love the Ghanaian people.

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I also know that their everyday life there is hard.

I saw firsthand the challenges of living there…running water, electricity, nothing can be taken for granted.

Nothing is convenient, easy, or done quickly.

Yet, simple things now give my grandchildren pleasure.

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Like dancing and playing in a Ghanaian down pour, a welcome respite from the heat.

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They are also learning to lead.

Their white skin makes them instant celebrities, so at church they draw crowds of children.

They have been helping to teach the children songs and simple Bible stories,

(and my grandson decided to try to teach them a few of his dance moves too!)

I am so grateful that we live in the age we do, where a flight to Africa is possible.

(Even if it is a gruelingly long flight.)

Imagine the time when missionaries went by ship to the land of their calling,

and quite possibly never saw their families again.

I keep on going by trusting God with my kids and grandkids,

by looking forward with hope that maybe they can come home for Christmas,

and by knowing that at home a little blonde, blue eyed three year old granddaughter

and a dark haired, chubby four month old granddaughter have missed their Papa and Nana.

I want to thank all of you who prayed over our trip.

God’s grace and care were undeniably evident.

Please keep my daughter and her family in your prayers.

I will be sharing more about our time in Ghana in the coming week.

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Still following,

Elizabeth

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33 comments:

  1. Tears fill my eyes as I read of your precious children and grandkids and the work they are doing in the place where God has called them. They are on my prayer list. Is there a way to get a newsletter or prayer requests from them?
    Your mother heart touched mine today, dear friend.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Hi my friend! I'm so glad to be home. I'll email you about a day to get together.

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  2. What a splendid opportunity you had. It is so helpful to visualize what their days are like after having experienced them yourself.

    I'm wondering if your children have access to computer (and thus Skype)? This is such a great development for many missionary families...though I know not available to all.

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    1. Hi Rebecca! They can Skype at times or Facetime on the ipad...all depends on the unreliable internet over there.

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  3. I am so glad you were able to visit your daughter and husband and your grandchildren in Ghana. I know your life will never be the same after all that you saw, heard, felt and experienced among the people in that country. My parents were missionaries in Haiti, by far the poorest country in the western hemisphere, and they were the best years of our life and the most life changing years for our whole family. I was probably the age of your grandchildren when we lived in Haiti. Anyway, this isn't about me. It's wonderful to see your daughter and family wanting to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to a people such as this in Ghana.
    Mary Alice

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    1. So great to learn more about you and your history! I love knowing about your time in Haiti. I'd love to hear more about it!

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  4. The picture of them dancing in the rain took my breath away. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks! That photo was hard to get in focus, but at least it got the idea of their joy across!

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  5. I am new here and am moved by your post. The photos are fantastic, but so is your perspective that at least they are a (grueling and long) flight away. That is so true. We have family in Africa right now (Senegal) so I can identify. Beautiful post.

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    1. Hi Courtney! So nice to "meet" you here! I'm clicking over to your place now.

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  6. I am visiting your blog for the first time. What a moving and beautiful post. The pictures you took are gorgeous.
    May God comfort you and give you peace. May He bless your children and grandchildren as they minister for him in another land. May He bless them with the fruit of their labors. He is worthy to be praised.

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  7. I was so excited when I saw you in my comments because it meant you were back from your trip. And your words make my heart smile. He didn't say this life would be comfortable did he? But when I think about what those kids are learning about life, that is priceless. Can't wait to hear more.

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  8. What a beautiful picture and thoughts. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. How wonderful for all of your family to be able to experience such a blessed time and build such a wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

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  10. Thanks Maryvel! It was a life changing experience!

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  11. I'm so glad you were able to visit them and made it home safely! What a wonderful experience.

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  12. What a poignant picture! I am thankful that you were able to spend time with them. My grandparents (and great-grandparents) were missionaries in Brasil in the boat travel days, when they went years without returning to the States. May God bless their ministry in Ghana!

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  13. Following you over here from Barbie's. I am so glad I did. What a beautiful post and thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures.Blessings!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I just clicked over to your great post!

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  14. Welcome home Elizabeth! I can imagine how hard it was to leave your family, but knowing they are doing the will of the Lord, with Joy, trusting Him makes it so much easier. Love the picture of them dancing in the rain. Pure joy overflowing!

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    1. Hi Barbie! Thanks so much for hosting this linky!

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  15. I admire you courage and faith in God! This post strikes very deeply to me. Last year at the age of 18, my daughter dedicated her life to God in over seas missions. When I saw her do this I bawled like a baby. I am very happy for her calling but inside I can't see myself parting from her. She hasn't acted on this promise as she is getting a further education here at home, but I know God and He will call her and I know she will obey Him.

    Bless your heart, I am aching for you and rejoicing at the same time.

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    1. Sometimes I think us mamas face the biggest challenge when our children answer God's call. The letting go is hard, the trusting Him with them.

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    2. God bless you as you trust Him with your daughter and His direction for her life. The letting go is hard, I know.

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  16. What a blessing to read your thoughts today. God bless!

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  17. My picture this week is my husband and my son so it was good to see your son-in-law and your grandson. Our minds were thinking the same thing as we watched the men in our families.

    God bless you!

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    1. I'm clicking over to check out your photo!

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  18. Blessed broken and given away, that's what I'm thinking right now! What big hearts they have that they are able to be Jesus to the people of Ghana! And the little ones, how full their lives must be! Blessings! Patsy from
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