Showing posts from 2015

Adorable Dora

Dora is the baby sister of three siblings in our Christian school. She has spent 5 months of her 6 months of life in the hospital after being born with a hole in her heart.   Two weeks ago, the team of American doctors came and assessed Dora but unfortunately, she had not recovered enough for them to attempt the surgery. Exactly a week later, I saw Dora. She looked so pathetic. She was nothing but skin and bones, weak as could be. Severely malnourished and anaemic and gasping for air. She was very irritated by the oxygen tubes going into her nose and struggled to no avail, without even a voice to cry. It was so bad I couldn't bring myself to take a picture as usual. I thought for sure she would die that day or the next. That day as I spent time visiting with the mother she began to open up and talk to me, asking WHY? Why her? Why was her son, Stephen, born with cerebral palsy and handicapped and now her daughter Dora has a hole in her heart? Her heart was hurting and heavy. She r…

Start of School

Upon arriving, we had two weeks to get ready for school. We were pleased to come and find the school doing well after we had been away for 5 months. We really appreciated our team working hard together! This year school started up on the 8th of September. There was a lot of prep work that needed to be done- shelves/offices needed to be made and painted, a lot of cleaning and disinfecting, porches needed to be enclosed, etc. God being so good we were able to get all things painted and all the furniture we need at the moment made.
Painting offices with Jeffrey, a young man in the Christian school Freshly painted closet in a classroom Our first day of school We really appreciate all who have helped out so we could begin to enclose our porches. The contract was given to these people in the picture because they seemed most knowledgeable and professional and promised completion within a week. It has now been a month! Quite frustrating but in all things though, we give thanks! God is teach…

A Visit with Matthew

On Monday our family was able to make a visit to little Matthew and his mother.  We drove to Agogo  to meet them in front of a hospital where she now sells watermelon everyday.
We picked them up and drove further to the area of town where they are now living.  Though it is far away, we are thankful that their new room is comfortable.
Matthew enjoyed playing with the kids and has a wonderful smile and laugh!
We gave him some clothing and coloring books from a sister in Christ and tried to take pictures but he kept laughing and reaching for the camera to see himself after each picture we tried to take! We were excited to hear that he had just had X-rays taken and some preliminary lab work so that he can hopefully get his surgery for his right hand on Thursday.  Please keep this sweet little guy in your prayers!

Upon our Return

As we sat down to type this blog post, it was so good for us to list all of the many ways God has blessed our return to Ghana.  Of late, there have also been many little challenges to face, but listing all of the "thankfuls" first helps us keep the right perspective!
      We had a really smooth trip!  From North Carolina to New York to Dubai to Accra to Kumasi - four days of travels - many things could have gone wrong, but God watched over us and we made all connections on time, were blessed with extra seats to spread out a bit on the planes, kids had great attitudes and were well behaved, our bodies stayed healthy and strong, and none of our luggage got lost.
It was wonderful to be met in Accra by family and the blessing of nice weather!                                      We have loved getting to see family and friends again.

The weather has been exceptionally cool and cloudy - no difficulty weaning ourselves off of air-conditioning :) If you want to come visit us, this…

Count down to Take Off!!!

We have 10 Days left !!! Thats right! Our 4 month time in the States has been really great! We've been able to meet a lot of people, develop and strengthen bonds, serve others, and have some R & R times. Now we are rejuvenated and preparing to head back to Ghana in just 10 days!!!  Our whole summer has been full of packing and going. Now we are going to pack up and go for the last time this summer! This is what our days look like now. Packing, ordering last minute stuff, packing some more, weighing stuff, repacking, and then packing some more, and on and on and on it goes :)
Trying to gather all we need before we leave
Our "high tech" but very efficient and handsome weighing system (Attah on bathroom scales with the luggage on his head!)
Some of the 13 suitcases we will be taking back not including carry-ons and personal items

Sounds like a lot of suitcase space but there is always more than will fit!  So we have to prioritize and take the most needed stuff to Ghana…

Travels...and a New Home

If you have been able to follow us on Facebook then you can see that we've have a very busy but very blessed spring/summer of travels.  We couldn't even keep up with posting pictures of everyone and everywhere we have visited, it has been so busy! We are very thankful for the wonderful, genuine hospitality and generosity shown to us and we are refreshed, motivated, and encouraged to return to Ghana (although a bit tired out physically from the toll on our bodies of traveling).

 We are also excited to return and move into a NEW HOME!  Looking on an online site for rentals in Kumasi recently we found a four bedroom apartment for rent. It was right in the neighborhood we needed to be in and it was an incredible, almost unbelievably good price (even cheaper than our two bedroom used to be!).  So our dear parents in Ghana checked it out for us, sent us pictures, and a few weeks later we are now the new renters of this new home for our growing family to move into upon our return.  …

Our Daycare for the Kingdom!

God has been so good over the past three years that we have have been able to serve through the daycare ministry. We have begun another academic year successfully praise God!!! We are grateful for our great team of staff members who are helping up not only to teach academics to these kids but teach them valuable character traits and stories about Jesus and the Bible. We are overwhelmed with the many open doors the Lord is opening for us. There is so much going on that we wish to share with you all in person but for now, here is a little glimpse. Ms. Esther handling the Nursery I classroom with her two assistants Mrs. Sherrie teaching some Nursery II kids Ms. Joana doing story time with the Nursery II kids Ms. Christiana handling her Kindergarten I Class Boys' story time in Kindergarten II Girls story time in Kindergarten II Mrs. Jessica teaching the Learning To Read Program Mrs. Jessica teaching Adult ladies class RANDOM PIC throughout this year A parent of one of the kids who is…