How do I express to you in one short blog post the sights, sounds, smells, experiences, and emotions we’ve had here in Ghana?
In four more days we fly home to a world and a lifestyle that seems so far removed
from life here that it’s hard to believe it’s real.
In that other world, that other life, I’ll be able to fill my tub with hot, bubbly water and wash off the last remains of red Ghanaian dust..
Ghanaian roosters won’t wake me with the sun,
and when I walk down the street black Ghanaian faces won’t smile at me and say,
“Obruni,(white person), how are you?” and want to touch my hand.
I’ll go home to that other life, while part of my heart stays here with my daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren and the Ghanaian people who have been so kind to us.
Today, we went with a small team into some villages with candy, toys, school supplies, and gospel tracts.
We taught the children songs and Bible stories.
We prayed with dozens of children to receive Christ, while the Bishop,
(the head of New Testament Assemblies in Ghana
who organized the conference we spoke at over Easter weekend),
talked to and prayed with the older youth and adults.
My grandson gave away a bag of his Hot Wheel cars to the children.
He remembered when and where he had received each one and who had given it to him,
but he was happy to share them with the children who have no toys of their own.
My granddaughter gave away little paper dolls and hair clips to the girls.
While we did what we could, it seemed so insignificant compared to the need.
We are planning for ways to make a bigger difference, both in spiritual and practical ways.
An engineer from our church is here with us planning out how to help one village by digging
a deep water well to provide water for drip irrigation for crops.
In another village there is a need for a school and an orphanage.
We are also hoping to raise more funds for the Canaan Life Project,
which is a program that teaches Ghanaians vocational skills for financial independence.
The need is great, but we serve a great God who is able,
through His people, to make a difference.