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We are on our way!!!!

All photos by Debi Frock

Well, the day has arrived and we are sitting at the airport waiting for our flight.  So far United has assured us that we will get to Dulles–from there, who knows  Plenty of prayers are with us.

I thought you might enjoy a look at us today in our Ghana wear.  Unfortunately for Zach, Bruce, Ian and Scott all their shirt were too small.  I think the tailor was without his glasses when he read the measurements. We will get a new tailor next year.  See many of you tomorrow morning, somewhere.

 

 

 

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Notes from the guys

For Ian Mueller this is his second trip with Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope to Ghana.  I asked him what has been your favorite part of the trip this year:

“So far my favorite part of this trip has been seeing the same children who attended camp last year. It has been so fun playing soccer (football) with all of them. It has been a very fun experience because they have improved majorly from last year. I’m looking forward to the monkey reservation and hopefully the cultural market once more. At the cultural market earlier this week, Sara and I ran into David, our drum-making friend. It was really cool that he remembered us from last year.

Mabel also remembered me from last year when she told me that she was thankful for me. If anyone read the blog last year and remembers the incident with Moses and the burulei ulcer, then you will be happy to hear that he has recovered. On the first day he was proudly showing off his scar and he acts just like normal Moses.”

Ian is not the only male on the team. Zach is teaching and will write tomorrow but Bruce Neumann and Scott Lyons also traveled with us.  Their mission was to repair the playground, made by PlayMart, USA. The high impact plastic has split in two. They have admitted to faulty manufacturing and sent replacement posts to us in Maryland. We had to ship it to Ghana and bare the cost of the shipment as well as send two people to do the repairs.

Bruce Neumann:

“This is my sixth trip to Ghana. I’ve come as a Cursillo team member, to paint and help with construction, to assist with a reading camp, and this time to repair the playground at St. Paul’s preschool in Akramaman.

We had sent repair parts ahead in a container. The container, even now, sits at the port, so I was concerned that we would not be able to do the job we had come to do. I needn’t have worried. When we arrived at the school on Monday we saw how badly the plastic supports had failed. It was far worse than I had imagined.

Since our tools were also in the container still sitting in the port, Scott and I went scavengering for tools. We visited local hardware “stores” (think garden shed sized buildings), and found a pickaxe, a shovel, and a sledgehammer. We examined the footers at each leg, and found 18 inches of concrete buried under 5 – 6 inches of soil.  The soil was nearly as hard the concrete, requiring the pickaxe to break it up.

We were able to remove the climbing deck and make repairs so the slide can be used. Our other successful repair was to the climbing wall, which we removed so we could repair the supports. That also required a trip to a local lumber seller to get 4x4s.  Two 4×4’s each 8 feet long (and specially shaped for us) cost 10 Ghana cedi’s (roughly $6.70 U.S.) We also bought concrete from the concrete seller.

Scott and I were able to concrete the new support in place, and leave a lasting impression in Ghana (our handprints in the concrete around the new support). We hope to find screws tomorrow so we can complete the repair to the climbing wall.

All along the way I can see God’s hand at work, providing what I needed to get here, and the materials to do the work he had for me here. I thank God I can be Christ’s hands in action to those who have so little materially. ”

From Scott Lyons:

” This is Scott coming to you from Ghana, West Africa to tell you a little bit of my experiences working on the two member construction team of Bruce Neumann and myself.  Our original goal was to take down old swing set and rebuild it with new   materials we had sent over in a container months ago.  Red tape and new governmental regulations has tied up the container for another month at the port of Tema.

After several hours of digging , swinging sledge and pick ax. We were at a point of freeing old main support.   The problem was we had many children dying to play on the jungle gym and wanting to watch two old white guys swing a pick ax and wondering who was going to collapse first; the jungle gym or the old white guys. To their disappointment, we had to leave for the night and told them no one is allowed on the gym.

    After two days, we completed our task and the kids rejoiced.  So now on to the next problem. Two broken toilets.  Doesn’t that sound like fun.  Tomorrow we tackle the problem of buying toilet flush valves and no Home Depot.  Gods just loves giving me these challenges but with your prayers, we will overcome.

“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African proverb

 

All Photos by Tana Lopez and woveneye.com

Today is so exciting. The team leaves the US and will arrive tomorrow, Friday.  Since this will be posted very late tonight, many of you will be reading this as the team arrives in Ghana, 9am US time. 16 people, 5 different states, many meeting for the first time.

We are very excited here. Many preparations have been made. It is a lot to prepare for 18 people, including Tana, the photographer, and myself. Plus, often we will have Mercia, Sophia, Vivian, Marian or other Ghanaians participating. We have made countless trips to many markets, walking for hours to find the best price on the items that we will need.  In food alone, we have bought:

1 case sardines

1 case mackerel

20 cases of water                                 

200 pounds of rice

10 boxes of spaghetti

1 case of corned beef (it is the meat for the spaghetti)

50 pounds of onions

100 pounds of tomatoes

3 pounds of garlic

20 pounds of beans

20 gallons of oil

And that is just he beginning. There are bowl, bottles, soap, shirts and much more for the programs. But to see the faces of the children makes it seem like so little.

As I met with Archbishop Justice O. Akrofi on Tuesday, he told me several stories of how he has watched the lives of children be changed because someone took the time to be with them and let them know they are loved.  He is excited that this team has chosen to come and be with people and not just send money.

I would like to share what Marjie wrote to the teams traveling tonight:

Tomorrow is the day to begin our journey in so many ways:

Some of us will meet each other for the first time;

Some of us will travel outside the country for the first time;

Some of us will travel on a plane for the first time;

Some of us will be away without our families for the first time;

Some of us will work with children for the first time;

Most of us will grow spiritually and emotionally.

All of us will be supported by each other and our Ghanaian partners;

All of us will be changed by this experience in some way;

All of us will change others because of this experience.

So, welcome the new experiences and grow from them.

We will be serving God and his people. What better way could we spend 12 days out of our lives!

Anna, Becki+, Bruce, Jackie, Ian, Marjie, Meaghan, Michelle, November, Paige, Sarah H., Sarah R., Scott, Stephanie, Sue and Zach, Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope Team Summer 2011, Akwaaba, we welcome you. Keep scrolling to see the team. – Their picture will be posted by 11 pm. Thursday. (it is 8 pm her and only 4 pm US)

Here are a few things they will see.

Our hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloth.  Yes, Obama cloth comes in many colors.

 

 

 

We met these Chiefs from the Volta region having dinner at Chicken Republic-KFC with rice or fries.

 

 

Joshua, Godwin and Comfort.  Joshua  is Mercia and Victor’s son and Comfort now lives with them (see post from last Friday).

 

 

 

 

Will your picture be here next year?

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