Published: June 11th 2006June 11th 2006
Hello faithful bloggers,
We are so sorry, we wrote a massive letter about a week ago and it didn't work! We are so sad about that. Tonight is our last night ministering. Pastor Craig is going to be speaking. We've been driving around in this national Georaphic magazine type setting for 10 days. We are so blessed! Last night we saw the most amazing sun set as we were driving north to tarkwa. We have approxamitly 4000 pictures and movies! haha, we like taking pictures. Like who carries stuff on their head at home?? ( They carry all sorts on their heads ) (Bananas, logs...)
Day 1: We settled into a Ghanian three star hotel. Each having our own room bathroom. Pastor Craig, Pastor Scott, and Rick and Jacqueline got king size beds! Massive rooms. Tris and Adele got twin size beds with no blankets.. talk about gyped. haha It's been an on going joke. 'The last SHALL be first.'
Day 2: Food is good we got a phone call in our rooms that morning and they said, are you awake? .. uhhh.. yes.. What kind egg you want? uhm... none please... click. (helarious)
Got downstairs for breakfast... well lets say if i didn't have an egg.. no more than one.. (they don't eat much here) all you got was a slice of bread. Wow Reality check. *So i got the egg.
We traveled west from Accra to Takoradi. Where Pastor Charles lives. He has 4 children who are sooo beautiful. His wife is half white and half black.. such a beautiful story of how her parents fell inlove. anyways.. so the children are 3 1/4s black. They are 10, 7, 6, and 3. Photos to follow.
Day 3: Sunday service! Our first African church service! We always sit infront of the congragation facing them... and always wear skirts.. mom and i laugh at finding different ways to hold our legs together and look propper. Pastor Craig spoke this service and Charles' wife translated. It was great. We had and still have mainly no clue what the worship songs say but we have a hard enough time keeping beat with the different claps they have here. haha.. talk about complicated. We saw Charles' church to be... the walls are built but no roof doors or anything. It is a beautiful vision.. good to see. Banks charge 25% interest so people don't borrow money they just build as they go. * so it usually takes 5 years or more to build a house, or building. Tonight Adele and Tris tag teamed it and preached a message on following your dreams with perserverance, patience, and having love in the center of it all. The place where we spoke was a chapel for a *Nurses School* Christian based and funded by the government. 375 nurses total. Probubly about 20 boys though :S haha.. we joked about that one.
Day 4: Monday, we drove back 3 hours to see Kakum National Jungle!! Wow we got our legs knawed off by those bugs.. They look so inocent, black flies soo small... now we call them pac man bugs because they come at you with mouths open just like the video game and bite you so hard you bleed down your leg.!! O God should i go any further. * We are STILL recovering * haha.. Anyways.. The jungle! So many neet vines and trees that we've never seen. We walked on suspention bridges over 200 feet high over the trees!! Amazing. Pastor Scott and Adele made a helarious video.. Pastor Scott acted as an Austrailian Ranger *can't remember the name* he laid on the accent and man you'll laugh when you see it.
Day 5: Tuesday we drove further west to Esiama. Met Pastor Peace, Charles' 2nd in command over all the Word Alive churches and ministries. He is very nice. We all laugh and get along well. We went to the orphanage today!!! We met 21 children. 8 girls, 13 boys. What a great experience. They are beautiful and well mannered. Anything we did for them was beyond exciting! We played musical chairs, colored on hot pink and lime green paper we brought from Canada and they got a kick out of it. Trist brought his guitar and it's been a great tool this trip. Tuesday night. We went to a church service. Pastor Scott spoke on bringing heaven to earth. They all recieved us well! Wonderful people. Tris spoke to the teachers today on behavior managment.. instead of using the cane on their FINGERS!:S He did well! Tris gave the teachers something to think about.
Day 6: Wednesday, We were going to go to the beach with the children (orphanes) and play with the 5 beach balls we brought from Canada but it poured rain... i mean poured. We were sad at first... but then we went on the porch and got a sudden urge.. we ended up going out in the rain.. the pouring rain and got soaked to the bone in warm wheather it was great! Rick ended up swimming in a puddle about 6 inches deep full of mud. CRAZY we have been making jokes about what diseases he got.. pastor Scott, Adele and Rick shampooed under the gutter downspouts. What a fun time. Then we dried off and played cards... We had a fun time. Pastor Scott spoke again tonight. On standing in the gap. where the enemy has tried to break the walls down. Tris and Adele did 2 songs for worship! They loved it.. wow.. my redeemer lives, taste and see... it was great. The Ghanians are so hospitable and eager to recieve and learn. We love them! During worship they were jumping up and down as if they had done it before. We asked Pastor Charles if they've ever done that before and he said no they did it because you did. The people are so sweet.
Mom and I must go now.. but we will be back to finish off... Love you alll hope you enjoy this.. *send a comment*