Making a Move

We have been praying for the school as we minister there daily, especially in regards to expansion and space to resolve over-crowding, as well as my wife's health issues (fibromyalgia and IBS primarily) and for God to keep making a way for her to stay involved in the school ministry. God being so good, the building right next to the school has become vacant and available to us. We are really hoping to use the additional space for overflow for the school and to be our family’s home.
     It is a three bedroom duplex house with a guest quarters separate from the main house containing three rooms as well. It has its own compound (walled yard) and seems perfect for our purposes.
How would it help the ministry?
It would provide us with 3 rooms (the guest quarters at the back) we could use for special school activities/volunteers/guests Landlord has even agreed to let us make a small gate joining to the school property It would be convenient for youth meetings/ Sunday school as it's…

Ladies Retreat 2019

We praise God for the ongoing daily, steady work of training young minds and hearts in the Christian school, creating a safe haven for children with special needs to be nurtured and included, and also seeking to be a community of full-time and volunteer staff who challenge each other!  Some of our staff members are currently in a special weekends-only program to explore new methods and alternate ways of making the learning experience relevant to all students.  They are learning how to benefit our students but it has also revealed the benefit that the school's wholistic approach has had on the staff!  One of our teachers is a single mom from Muslim background who started working as our janitor a few years ago but showed a keen mind and interest in learning.  We worked with her schedule to provide English tutoring and over the years she has learned to read and write and continues her education on a flexible schedule while working as a teacher's assistant now.  She wasn't su…

Spring Showers

On May 7th we began our third (and final) term for this academic year.  The rainy season has also begun in earnest and we are thankful that we were given a very timely gift from generous brethren to make some of the classrooms more water-proof to keep the students and classroom materials dry during the heavy tropical rainstorms.

  We were glad to see all the students back in class and to also welcome a few more short-term volunteers to our team.  They contribute to our students' learning experience with their help of French tutoring, sports (PE), and teaching assistance.  We also hope that their time with us gives them the unique opportunity of experiencing a truly Christian and caring environment in an African country.

On a personal level, we have had another spin on the emotional carrousel with Matthew's mom bringing him to live with us after he was hospitalized again and then taking him away again after two happy weeks with us.   We keep praying and hoping that his ext…

Family Camp 2019

This year's Annual Ghana Family Camp was a blessed time of Friends, Family, and Fellowship!  We are so thankful that the camp weekend fell right in the middle of our school break so we had extra time available to host family and friends both before and after the camp dates.  Our children are so blessed to have cousins and close friends in Godly families with whom they get to build lasting friendships.  We are spurred-on and motivated to more love and good deeds by our Godly friends and this preaching camp was a great time to be reminded of our common goal - to work together in unity to accomplish God's purpose on this earth, saving souls!
Building friendships in Christ, young and old! 
                      Pre-teens Zion, Zoe, Wendy, and Scott did the children's Bible class for camp!

                                Hiking and admiring some of God's jungle creation here....

                                                  Making holiday memories with friends....


Special Days

When there is a long break between updates, it is because things have been especially eventful!  Lots to be thankful for and to be praising God for. We'll update in two posts. We are so thankful our little Cyrene Rose turned 1 on April 3rd!!! “Rose” is an appropriate name for her as she is truly pretty, sweet, and soft but also has her prickly parts. She’s as precious as could be and loves to cuddle; but boy, does she keep us on our toes! Just the day before her birthday she had her first ER visit after she knocked herself almost unconscious.  She was fine after just a few minutes but it scared us!  After two ER visits in this city in the past few months, let's just say that we are thankful we could get help but we also are very thankful that we have never had a SERIOUS life or death emergency in our family. 😬 
She’s strong willed, loves attention, and always makes sure she lets you know her wants or needs in case you forgot. She is perfect! Just who we needed and can’t  imagi…

Babies and Birthdays

And sometimes life goes too fast to keep up....! So many birthdays in the last few weeks!  We celebrated the life of this wonderful, amazing, hard-working man on his birthday in March (this is Jessica typing right now, btw 😁).  He is such a great leader as he leads by his example of working hard at anything that needs to be done.  He sees the need and gets it done with diligence and humility.

 Such a great Dad to our six kids.                                      

Then it was a special day that is now birthday to FOUR gals in the congregation here.  March 23rd was little Cassey's first birthday, the birthday of one of our teachers (Mrs. Abanga), another of the ladies (Dinah), and joining the crew is baby Jael also born on the same day.  Momma (who is another of our teachers) and Daddy welcome their beautiful fourth born, Baby Jael 

 I soon got to hold another newborn, though!  Another of our teachers, Mrs. Akakpo, had a very special "April Fool's" trick played on …