On November 12, 2003 we boarded the airplane that brought us to Ghana. We have been serving God in Ghana for the past 6 years. We first took a trip to Ghana in 1999. The Lord has been good to us and blesses us as we continue to serve Him. Our first Thanksgiving we had in Ghana we were all alone, we prayed for our meal and cried. We were so thankful but we missed our family and knew everyone was all together on this special day. On Christmas we had a water fight it was fun, but in Ghana you don't waste water.
As I think about the past 6 years there has been some interesting events:
The time I was making breakfast and the watermelon was making a hissing noise. I thought I will take care of that watermelon just as soon as I get the kids fed. Well that thought no longer left my mind when all of the sudden the watermelon exploded!!! Matthew and I was standing there covered in watermelon and we were so surprised we just looked at each other and started laughing. Then the same week. I was making meatloaf. I set the cooked meatloaf on top of the oven. I turned to go to the sink and the glass baking dish EXPLODED into a billion tiny pieces. One landed on my toe and burnt it. I had never seen anything like that. Needless to say dinner was ruined. We had chicken and potatoes for the first 6 months we lived here. Matthew is not fond of chicken to this day. The kids would take their baths in big plastic tubs. If it was raining the kids would all run outside and grab the soap and take a shower in their bathing suits. We lived out of our suitcases for the first 9 months in Ghana. Not FUN! We only had what we brought in our suitcase. Once we moved to Takoradi we were able to dig a well and now we have free water! AMEN! The time Macks car rolled down into the garbage dump. DOWN in the garbage dump. They had to get a big truck with a crane to pull it back up the mountain of trash. The time our dog got electrocuted, she was frying, she is still alive today. Ghana's bumpy roads they will literally shake your car apart. This summer we took a trip up North to the game reserve. No bathrooms, no fast food, bumpy roads, getting lost, taxi breaking down in the middle of no where. It was not a fun trip. Traveling around Ghana is not something we look forward to.
As I look back over the years. I see God's hand in everything. Somethings I am not sure why they happened but I can still see God, maybe to make us laugh, maybe to be thankful for the little things. As we have been in Ghana we have had poisonous snakes and scorpions in our yard, we are around disease and sickness, poor hygiene and raw sewage. God has kept our family safe and healthy and that is worth more than all the money in the world. You can't buy good health. Only by God's grace. We miss our family. We have family member we haven't met. (newborns) Sometimes it doesn't seem worth the sacrifice and you want to quit. Then I get the focus off of me and back were is should be on God and I see it is worth it all. In Eternity if they have Christ as their Saviour we will have all Eternity to be together. I praise God that I have something to look forward to, Heaven, and I will be bringing some Ghanaians along with me.