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August 6, 2011

Home again?

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We made it home Wednesday PM. We were both emotionally and physically exhausted. We slept like babies. The next morning we finished unpacking and did our laundry and caught up around the house. A salesman stopped by and tried selling me magazine subscriptions. I thought yeah right, $25 for a year subscription to magazine I will probably not read, full of advertisements that will try to sell me more stuff that I don’t need. I kindly explained to him that I just got back from Africa and I needed to adjust my spending habits. He looked at our clothesline full of African dress and said he believed me and went on his way. Our daughter Lana left her dog Wade with us overnight and it came time to feed him. We didn’t have any dog food and he is on a gluten-free diet, so I cooked him a couple of eggs. What am I doing?  He’s a dog! Animals in Africa are mostly free-range and forage for their food. Not Wade, I just cooked him a meal as though he were human. After 5 weeks of drinking bottled water, I drank from our tap at home. It tastes like chlorine! I never noticed that before. Why is everything different now? We walked to the Thursday night car cruise @ the beach; that should have taken my mind off things and cleared my head. As I walked by the chrome, flamed, two toned, polished street rods, all I could think about were the cars and trucks in Krachi running on 3 cylinders with CV joints clicking, broken windshields with graphics that say things like “Jesus is Lord.”

Why is everything different now? Why does everything somehow remind me of Ghana?

During the last 5 weeks, I met some of the most beautiful, caring, loving people in the world and I miss them greatly. It’s time to sign off now because I’m starting to get sappy, and Joe doesn’t do sappy.

–        Joe <><

August 4, 2011

Church with Pastor Samuel

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Financial Training

Samuel invited us to his church. We asked if we could assist him in any way. He asked me to teach Sunday school from the pulpit and Theresa to teach the women of the church finances. We were honored to participate. I decided to teach about the Sermon on the Mount and cover the beatitudes. This seemed appropriate as we climbed the mountain with Samuel the day before. As I taught, I paused after every sentence, so the interpreter could repeat my words in the local tongue. This takes a little getting used to. They seemed to really enjoy the lesson and Samuel probed the congregation with additional questions after I was done. Actually, all I had to do was mention Ken Kaiser and everyone would be happy ever after! Then the dancing began. Wow, these people can worship and they sure have some  great dance moves. Samuel then performed a passionate sermon and after church, Theresa did the financial freedom thing with the women of the church. Finally we packed up and went back to the hotel.  It was a great day.

I(Theresa) have to add that this was the greatest part of being in Ho was getting to know the women. I shared with them for about an hour about making a plan for their money. They had many questions. At the end I gave each woman a gift and taught them the concept of paying forward, giving something to someone just to do it and not expect anything in return. So each one of them was to give the gift I gave to them to someone else. The person that received the candy immediately opened it and shared with everyone there. I think they liked it. May God Bless the women giving the gifts and the ones that will receive them.

 

– Theresa

 

Felicia’s Village

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While in Ho, Felicia and Samuel took us on a journey to Felicia’s home town Amedzofe. This is a settlement perched on the high peaks of the Akuapem-Togo range of the Volta region, 36 km North-West of Ho, the capital of the Volta Region. Amedzofe is the highest point of human habitation in Ghana at a height of 677m above sea level. We then climbed  Mountain Gemi the second highest mountain in Ghana over 840m.
     It is believed that one cannot walk a distance of 20meters in any direction without descending or climbing a slope.  This was a very special morning, as Theresa and I love hiking.
     In Ewe oral history, Amedzofe  literally means ‘origin/home of humanity’. Walking around one can see evidence of Colonial German presence.

These include:

  • The Amedzofe Training School, built in 1880 by German Missionaries,
  • The Magnificent E.P Church building and
  • The German Missionary cemetery which have all been preserved till date.

We then ate lunch with Felecia’s family and ended the day with a thrill-seeking taxi ride down the mountain. You could live 5 lifetimes and never experience half of what we have done in the last month!

 – Joe <><

Arriving in Ho.

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We are here!! Exhausted and spent from emotions and the bumpy travel, we finally find our hotel. Our taxi driver isn’t from here and the name of the hotel has changed so we drove up and down the street passing our hotel and not knowing that is where we were staying. Finally we pulled in here to ask directions and they informed us that the Freedom Hotel is now the Bob Coffei Hotel. We are excited to find out that we have hot water, a toilet that flushes properly and we each have 2 pillows with blankets, are we at the Taj Mahal?? We are looking forward to meeting everyone that we have heard so much about. Pastor Samuel will be meeting us in the morning and then we will find out what we will do during our stay here in Ho.

 

– Theresa

 

This is what it’s all about……

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Tofic

 

The final day we were in Krachi was filled with travel preparations and goodbyes. After our final farewell ceremony with the linguistic team, we walked back to our guesthouse later in the evening.  My friend Tofic had been waiting for a couple of hours for my arrival.  He recently lost his job as a taxi driver, because he does not have a driver’s license. Go figure!  We talked about many things including his Muslim faith. To make a long story short, Tofic prayed the sinner’s prayer with me and accepted Christ as his personal savior! I had been witnessing to his brother for a few days and he was also thinking of turning to Christianity.  This was a great way to say farewell to Krachi!

 

–        Joe <><

 

Saying Goodbye!

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Until we meet again

Today has been a very emotional and stress filled day for me. I have lived in Krachi for a month and have met some wonderful people and now I have to say goodbye. I don’t know if I will be back so with that knowledge comes sadness, but I also know that someday when Christ comes again, we will meet again.

The laughs we shared, the misunderstandings between culture and our faith bring us together, bonded like no other. I will miss James saying Mum, Oksana’s wisdom, Vincent’s bible study, Mark’s laugh, Dorkas and David’s adoration, Matthew’s hat, the tunetune neighbors, Latisha’s friendship, Isaac & Peter’s card games and all of the people who crossed our path greeting us albrony, albrony.

In the evening we had a ceremony at the GILLBT guesthouse. It was suppose to start around 4:30 or 5:00, but as those that have traveled understand African time, we began around 7:00. They had sparkling grape juice, cookies and candy bars. All of these things are precious, everything was so delicious, I almost forgot what chocolate tasted like. It was quite an honor. Everyone sat around talking about the project and praying for its success. Ceremonies are important here and they really cherish everything we do and this is a way that they can show their appreciation.

David and Dorkas walked us home and we spent some special time with them, showing them our pictures from home and reminiscing about our journey. Latisha stopped over to spend a few precious minutes with us, even though she has contracted malaria and is feeling very sick. In the meanwhile Tofic drops by and he and Joe have a discussion outside. So we are up very late and still need to pack. We are leaving very early in the morning.  Whenever you travel from Krachi you have to take the ferry and it only travels twice a day so we must make the 8:30 ferry and it takes about an hour and a half to get there. That is if nothing happens to your vehicle.

 – Theresa

The Boats are Launched!

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Cruising LakeVolta

The Pontoon in action

Boat Launches

Hallelujah the day has come to launch the boats and train the linguists. The weather has been very cooperative, no rain, even though it is the rainy season.  God is good. We started with the 3 porta-boats. We had some resistance from the military that was guarding the waterways, they weren’t going to allow us to launch the boats, but we persevered and then they wouldn’t allow us to photograph anything, but we managed to get a few photos. We had some trouble getting the motors running, but Joe figured out what happened and fixed them. It was very exciting seeing the first boat launched, seeing the fruits of our labor. Next the Pro Skiff was prepared and launched, Pete did the training as to how to maneuver the boat and be safe. Last, but not least we launched the pontoon boat. This was a bit more difficult as Mark’s truck was too small to tow the boat to the water, so we had to get a tractor to help. Our prayer request is that they will continue to be able to use the pontoon boat. This hinges on the ability to get it to the water. We pray that the guy that owns the tractor will continue to help and that Mark will be able to get a vehicle that can tow the boat.

 I decided I wanted to get out on the lake. As the time came, I wasn’t so sure, because I didn’t want to get in the water and get guinea worms. So as I hesitated, one of the Ghanaian guys with his actions said he would give me a piggy back ride. Well I didn’t know how that would go as I was twice his size, but I jumped on and he carried me to the boat. I am so glad I did. I even drove the boat around the lake, which isn’t easy as the fishermen have their nets set up and you have to be careful to drive between them and not get caught in them. Getting the boats on the lake made us feel like our mission was accomplished. Now the word of God will be furthered by aiding the linguists in 5 different language projects to have transportation to hard to reach islands. May God continue to bless this work that so many people are diligently doing.  Amen!!

-Theresa

We have a good internet connection now!

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This is the link to the sermon I did in Ghana.

 

 

July 25, 2011

MaGyver in Action!

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Joe is very busy now working on the boats and his various skills are coming in handy. With power absent half the time and the need for power tools, Joe has come up with various ways to operate them. For example he uses the battery power from solar panels he hooked up or using the battery power from Mark’s vehicle. He is in much demand running from boat to boat. He has to hook hitches up to motorbikes that barely have a place to connect it that can carry the load of a boat.  He has to get all the motors for the boats operating, taking out spark plugs without tools, figure out how to keep all his helpers busy at the same time. We always have many spectators and people that want to work. Knowing that these boats are for the Krachi community it is important to teach them how to do things because we won’t be here while the boats are being used. We want them to take ownership and understand how to care for them. So it is a lot of juggling between trying to accomplish a task here without proper tools and get people trained to care for the boats. I am very proud of my husband and his God given talents. I am proud that he has found where God is working and joined in to support His work

Cooking in Ghana, Africa

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This is an experience everyone can relate to, cooking. I chose to cook the afternoon meal to learn their ways and show them an American recipe. I tried to come up with items that they had ingredients accessible to them in their kitchen or could go to town to get. Substitution is necessary as they are limited with what is available. I made my oatmeal chicken in an oven operated by fire and I cut yams into French fries and cooked them in oil on a propane stove. Then for dessert I baked in the oven banana boats with marshmallow and chocolate that I had brought from home. I have to say they were mighty tasty and enjoyed by all. I did all this with no power and it was actually no inconvenience as cooking is done outside. I have to say I was exhausted when I got done and I had only prepared one meal. It puts it into perspective how much work they do just to eat.

 

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