July 15, 2013
Forgive me if I begin to ramble a bit in this post.
Since returning home from Ghana, I have starting writing this post a dozen times,
but always end up deleting it.
Just can’t seem to do justice to what we experienced in the small village of Kasei .
May be it’s the jet lag or maybe I just plain don’t have my thoughts processed and organized yet.
One truth for me is that the culture shock reentering the U.S. is much more difficult
than it is entering the culture of Ghana.
I am not naive enough to think that just because one lives in poverty, one is more saintly.
The truth is that for most of these Ghanaians, life is very hard
with little prospect of improving anytime soon.
But in my three visits to Ghana, I have experienced great generosity, genuine friendship,
and a faith community that is bold in their witness about their dependence on a living God.
They evidence a profound joy that we see in their worship services that is above their circumstances.
I must admit by stark contrast, my Scotch Presbyterian worship style seems so formal and dull.
As for the ten youth who were part of the team…I have nothing but admiration for the way they boldly,
openly entered into all the experiences and activities available to them…
some planned, many impromptu.
Working in the schools demonstrating the uses of math manipulatives,
lap tops, and big books we brought.
Spending a day in the various hospital departments, leading after school games and activities,
joining in a local youth gathering, leading worship songs in so many churches,
shadowing a high school student through their day, painting a pre-school classroom,
learning traditional games and dances,
and just hanging out with the many children who wanted to tell their stories to them.
My prayer for them is that God has not only focused their idea of missions,
but enlarged their idea of His kingdom.
I do know that seeds have been planted and the fruits that come from this are in His time.
Finally, to those of you who expressed wishes and prayers for safe travel and good health
…a heartfelt thank you !