Daryl here.....Everything is going well for the most part. Really enjoyed getting two of the girls into the city yesterday - what an eye opener for both.
I would love to be sending pictures - and may try from my Blackberry (that's how you are getting these so far) but if that does not work smoothly then we will have to wait until I can get to an internet cafe again. What I will probably do is get a bunch set up and then simply send them so that Jason can build a gallery for you. It's a little frustrating - but then again, this is Africa and to paraphrase one of my best friends here, "Nothing in Africa is really in-convenient, because nothing in Africa is convenient!"
Tonight we head out to church - that too will be an eye-opener.
We have had more rain here since we arrived than in my previous 4 missions combined. That is a challenge and the kids are beginning to see how difficult it is to live in some places in the world. It is never good to live in poverty - it is quite a different challenge to live in poverty in flooding rain. As we drove into the city today the team got their first real look at the countryside outside of where we live. Some were quite startled - the questions were endless and within each was a note of concern for the people of this country. I watched with admiration as a women swept the board the ran from the ditch at the side of the road to her small shop (sitting on blocks and surrounded by muddy water, flooding from the rains). As she swept - it looked like she was singing. How many of us would have that kind of happy sound leaving our lips in similar circumstances....
Gotta get this out.
Will write again soon - but probably not before Friday.
Hi Everybody, it is Kim again, hoping to give you a little longer update than my last pathetic attempt at blogging. In my defense I was using Daryl’s tiny laptop and so typing with two fingers… Jason will be happy to know I am typing on my very own beautifully set-up new laptop. However I am typing in the dark because I let my roommate go to bed and I am on the top bunk happily typing to you… but having only limited battery and no way to plug myself in 6 feet up. So as I said before the second time around is so much easier, not at all overwhelming and I am so much more able to appreciate the beauty of everything and everyone around me. Perhaps this is because food is so far staying where it is supposed to and I have a little more time to breath. I am really enjoying getting to know my new sister Darcie, we are sharing a lot including her cold. She has lost her voice and mine is going so we are now referred to as squeak and squawk. Hope says we are highly entertaining.
The thing I like most about coming back is seeing what has changed and what has stayed the same. The people are still the amazingly joyful, peaceful spirited, incredibly hardworking people I remember. But the landscape of the village especially around the compound has changed a great deal and of course Samuel and Comfort’s family has increase in size. I am very Bless to be here, I know that my family and friends are pulling my weight at home and I really appreciate the opportunity to come back to Ghana to work and play hard on your behalf.
To Everyone who commented on our blog so far... thank you it means so much to get news from home. Jen thank you for taking care of everybody, I am so lucky to have you as a freind/mom.
To Jaymie and Matt, I miss you so much… thank you for being such fantastic people, you make me proud to be your mom! Please continue/ start to get along (just kidding, sorta)… I will be home before you know it with thousands of new pictures to share.
Jas, well there is a lot to say but I am not sure I want to share that with everybody … but for sure we should have recorded you breathing/snoring … I wish you were here, All my Love k
Hey folks, Hope here……twice in three days! We moved 312 blocks, 160 headpans of sand and 40 gallons of water up to the second floor yesterday. ODK and Atta started laying blocks and the carpenter is making forms for the concrete beams we will pour tomorrow. No major injuries, sunburns or other stuff to worry about yet. Today we went to the cultural market for the first time. It was raining (again!) so we were about the only people there. I think it was actually a good experience for everyone, not so overwhelming as usual. The prices/bargaining was good. (We were everybodies first customer….Tania and I apparently were several people’s good luck because we were their first sale. Still getting lots of offers for the girls (even Kim). Haven’t sold any yet…..Nadia glad to hear you got home okay. Let me know if you get a sooner appointment, so we can pray. Mikaela is okay. She doesn’t want to blog. Today she is having a little harder time. Many people are starting to “run”. Hug Nathan and Sarah and Viktoria and Sunshine and Kola and Bosley and even Zack for me :) Love, Mom Hope
July 8 Blog Post – Ghana 2009
Hey everybody! It’s Jennine, once again I am the last person to write a blog entry, and It’s a day late…oops:P . So the team’s been here for two days now and already I’ve fallen in love with this country. (Don’t worry mom I’ll still come home at the end of the month. I don’t think Daryl or Hope will let me stay;)) Ghana is everything I thought it would be and so much more. PS. IMPORTANT note: The food is AMAZING! So much better than western food. We still haven’t tried the local’s famous ‘fufu’ yet but that’s to come. We’ve taken a few walks down to the village market and there are some pretty cool little shops and stands. We converted our US money to ‘Cedis’ so the shopping and bargaining will begin soon. Hopefully there’ll be lots of pictures for all of you to see up on the blog soon, but there’s a limited number of pictures that have been taken of the community so far because we have to ask special permission to take pictures of the Ghanaian people. On the other hand this is proving to be quite an easy task since everyone is so cheery, and quick to befriend you. I’ll hurry this message up a bit though so you can get on with your day back home. To my friends who might be reading this: mark Ghana, West Africa on your map and make it your next vacation location! The beaches are BEAUTIFUL ! To my masha (mom): I love you! I’m safe, healthy and never been happier, so don’t worry about me! I’m in no danger here. We’ve got lots of friends to protect us. I’ll be home soon enough, so get crackin’ on some cool belly-dancing outfits I wanna see a new collection when I get back! To Alexand: Miss you babe. I wish you could be here. This place is so unbelievably amazing, you would love it so much. But you can bet I’ll be coming back here again one day, so you’ll get your chance to be blown away by it like I’ve been. You just might change your mind about that Caribbean dream of yours ;) We still got lots of exploring to do before making any decisions though:P I’m wrapping this up now cause the team’s playing guitar up on the hill without me and I’m anxious to go join them. On another note; I better get a reply on this thing from you! I guess we will be able to communication over the next five weeks after all :P TTUL. <3