Monday, June 27, 2011

June 27 - Our first day of village ministry

We began our day with breakfast/devotions at 8:30am.  Colton brought the devotion and he reminded us of the importance of doing what we do for the Lord, and not for ourselves.  We had oatmeal, toast (toasted in a frying pan - we have no oven) and boiled eggs for breakfast.  No one ever complains about the food, which always amazes me.  Teenagers in the US are so conditioned to eating what they want, when they want, and how they want but when they come to Africa, they just eat whatever is there.  I love that about student teams.  Of course, if your name is Joseph, you bring an extra suitcase with nothing in it but packages of Oreos, crackers, pop tarts, Starburts, candy, etc.  Seriously!  That boy could open a small market inTamale and make good money.  Hmmmm...

Today was also the day we met our Ghanaian team members at Shalom Baptist Church in Tarikpaa.  Since school is still in session, our team is mostly comprised of university students on summer break and adult team members.  We were so happy to see Elisha, Mishael, Eunice, Suyuhini, and others.  While the American team drove by SUV to the remote village of Kushibo, our Ghanaian counterparts rode their bicycle down a dirt path.  They beat us there, of course.

The students did an outstanding job teaching Bible stories, singing songs and playing futbol (soccer) with the kids at the Kushibo school.  While they were doing that, Eunice and I walked through the village and did Bible storytelling with small groups of women.  One woman that I've known for about five years, listened to the story and told me that she knew that Jesus was King and that everything I said was true, but she was a Muslim and could not change that.  I hear that a lot.  There's no easy answer or quick fix to that way of thinking.  It just takes prayer and more prayer and lots of perseverance in continuing to share Christ with them.

This afternoon we went to Anfaani Children's Home.  I love everything about Anfaani, except the fact that the children there are orphans.  It is well-maintained, meaning that the children are well cared for and the place is immaculate.  Tayler had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours playing with Nathan, her sponsored child.  The rest of us played with all nine babies and I had the special privilege of holding and rocking a two weeks old baby girl.  There is just something so right about visiting orphans.

We once again enjoyed a wonderful dinner (spaghetti) prepared by Cynthia.  Tomorrow is another day of village ministry and we are looking forward to it.

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