Ghana in June, Day Four and Five: Every Hour

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Stitching the new batch of Ankaase bags!
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Shannon and Sandra
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Melissa and SDA students
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Colin and his video camera
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SDA School morning assembly
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Sponsored student Adu pounding Fufu
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Francisca, Ebenezer, Richard, Pascal (Akwasi), Sarah, and Comfort

Well, last night my modem minutes were eaten by YouTube. Why didn’t I clue in that perhaps watching videos might use data? This important lesson was learned too late. I wasn’t able to blog, which caused me to go to bed with a knot in my stomach. Writing is a release, as well as therapy. So Isaac did that thing they do with a SIM card and bundling and whatever else goes on so that I can connect to the world. And here I am.

Here is a wrap-up of the past two days, and I’ll try my best to keep it within a reasonable word count:

Update on Kadri: After a CT scan this morning, the doctors discovered that his brain is hemorrhaging. This would explain the seizures, the unresponsiveness, and the inability to swallow or speak. His father reports that he was able to get him to speak a little bit today. If the family can gather the funds, a doctor will attempt to drain the blood from his brain tomorrow. Kadri is a hemophiliac, so this could cause some scary complications. Please continue to pray. He is on our mind each day, and his gifts of books and a t-shirt still sits in my suitcase.

Yesterday, Shannon and Melissa observed classes at the SDA school to prepare for teaching classes today. The observing and teaching both went great, and we feel as though we have been able to connect with small groups of students. There was lots of smiles and laughter today as both teachers used some fun, creative methods of teaching. We spent our afternoons both days delivering gifts and backpacks to our sponsored students and apprentices. If you sponsor, please know that these gifts were received with so much joy. We gave the apprentices small silver heart necklaces to remind them that they are loved by us, and by God. The students were given books and backpacks, provided by sponsors and ACEF. Again, lots of smiles, hugs, and thank-yous were sent your way.

We are concerned for one family of seven who are living in two small rooms, with only one mattress on the floor and one mosquito net. The youngest child has already had malaria this year, so we are making it a priority to get mosquito nets before we leave and arrange for a mattress to be purchased so that no one has to sleep on the floor.

It seems that everywhere we turn there are needs. We have to choose. We cannot meet them all. Shannon, Melissa and I came back to the Misson House and had a good cry. We needed some time to release all of the emotions from today.

And finally, a snapshot moment that, unfortunately, I did not video because we were riding in cab over a very bumpy road. We were on our way to visit the family of seven. The oldest of the siblings, Francisca, who is one of our seamstress apprentices, was in the cab with us, showing the way to where she lives. She sings in church, and so we asked her to sing her favorite song. In a beautiful voice, she began to sing, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Shannon joined in with her, and together they sang as we traveled over the eroded, cratered roads of Ankaase. I think we all needed that moment. It’s been a physically and emotionally exhausting two days. We need Him. Every hour.

Tomorrow is the celebration to present the generator and housing, desktop computers, scanners, and printers for the computer lab. It will be a party. It’s a good time for some celebrating, even though our hearts are heavy for Kadri and for our families in such great need. We cry, and then we smile.

I think I have this Internet thing under control now, so I’m signing off with fingers crossed that I’ll be back tomorrow night.

For now, goodnight from a very hot and sticky Mission House in Ankaase, Ghana.

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