Over the next couple of weeks, I thought I'd share some photos from our recent trip to Ghana, West Africa.
Ghana is located on the Bay of Guinea.
My husband and I and six others from our church flew into Accra, Ghana's biggest city,
which has almost 2 million people.
These first five photos are taken in the fishing village of Winneba, about 40 miles from Accra.
We stayed there for four days helping a local church.
These photos of the seashore don't reveal the extreme poverty that the people of Winneba
live in just a short distance from all of this beauty.
After our time in Winneba was over we headed inland to Kumasi, the second largest city in Ghana,
with approximately 1 1/2 million people.
Our Ghanaian ministry friends and most of the projects that we do are in Kumasi.
On the way there we stopped at the slave castle in Elmira, one of the many slave castles in Ghana
from which the slaves were shipped to America, the Caribbean and Europe.
It's a very sobering, heartbreaking tour to take but we felt it was important for our team to experience it.
Our tour guide at the castle was quick to point out that slavery is not just a past issue but a current one.
We were told that right outside the castle children are "sold" to work for the fishermen.
Their lives are considered dispensable as many of them drown while diving.
I think it's a fact that wherever you go in this world, you will often find heartache in the midst of beauty
and beauty in the midst of heartache.