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Sep 5, 2010

The Orphans of Anfaani

Team members Chris, Beverly and Martin with Anfaani triplets

Team Member, Tayler Insuaste, with her sponsored child Nathan

For the past two years, God has given us the incredible opportunity to visit and support the children at Anfaani Orphan Home in Tamale.  This is a private orphan home that houses around 10 orphans, ages 2 and under. 

Currently there are three babies who need sponsorship.  Sponsorship assures that the children received nutritious food and healthcare.

Would you consider helping?  Click here for more information.

Aug 13, 2010

Beach Day in Aflao

After leaving the Northern Region, the team flew back to Accra and then drove directly to Aflao, which is located in the Volta Region, near the border of Togo.  Aflao is a beautiful place full of beautiful people like Pastor Christian and his lovely wife Rejoice.

Pastor Christian is the director of Good Shepherd Children's Home, a place where they take care of 40 orphans, many of whom have been abandoned.  The home is clean and the children are well loved and well cared for.

We were only there for a couple of days, but we had great fun taking the children for a day at the beach!

Here are a few pictures of our time together.

Aug 1, 2010

Update from the Field

It was a very long drive from Kumasi to Tamale

Cheryl with one of the widows and her children
Saleem, Pastor Mohammed's son
Katie and Colton
Katie and Emma
The team spent a restful and relaxing week at Ankaase, which is near Kumasi.  We enjoyed having a house mom who taught us how to cook Ghanaian food and we also enjoyed working with Julie at the Reading Town Library.

On Wednesday, we went on an excursion to Kumasi.  We shopped in the local market and toured the Chief's Palace.

We traveled back to Tamale on Thursday. 

On Friday, we welcomed 5 new team members from Visiting Orphans, then spent the day visiting orphan homes and shopping for food at a local supermarket. 

Saturday was an incredible day for all of us as we loaded into the big yellow van and headed back out into the remote villages to visit the widows who received goats a couple of weeks ago.  On these visits, we took the time to sit down and get to know them and their children.  We also had the opportunity to share the story of Jesus with each of them.  More than once, the widows' response to the message was, "We know for certain that Christianity is the Truth."  Our prayer is that these women and their children will soon come to know the Lord.  The ministers of Shalom Baptist Church will continue to follow up with them to see if they have any needs or questions.  We thank God for Pastor Steven Napari, Pastor Mohammed and Pastor Issah for their dedication to the Lord.

Today is our last Sunday in Tamale and we had the opportunity to go and worship with our good friends at Shalom Baptist Church in Tarikpaa.  It was a great morning as the Visiting Orphans team formally received their Dagomba names.  Also, Cheryl had the honor of praying the dedication prayer over a new baby at a baby dedication ceremony.  The team danced their hearts out and even sang a song for everyone!

We have only 3 more days in the Northern Region and already we are starting to be sad.  This place gets under your skin and in your heart.

Thank you all for your continued prayers.  We will be flying to Accra on Thursday.

Jul 29, 2010

A Few Pictures

Katie and Emma

Back:  Karli, Colton, Caleb, Joseph
Front:  Katie, Paige, Camille

The Girls - on our way to church

Joseph at Ankaase Library - usually he's playing chase with the children

Colton and Friend
Chris, Beverly and Martin with the triplets at Anfaani

Jul 24, 2010

Wed-Fri, July 22-24

When we arrived in Ankaase on Tuesday night, we were introduced to house mom, Maggie.  She is an extraordinary woman who manages the mission house when teams come here to stay.  Also, there were 2 American college interns here named David and Libby, who left on Friday for the US.  The house is surrounded by a concrete wall and there's a security guard at the gate 24 hours a days.  This is a very common thing in Ghana.

On Wednesday morning, Cheryl and Colton went with David and the local Methodist pastor to the nearby large village of Kumasi to do some grocery shopping since the pantry was empty.  This was quite an adventure because we had to go to the local Ghanaian market and try and purchase everything for all of our meals for 1 1/2 weeks.  Shopping in a Ghanaian market is quite different from shopping at Tom Thumb.  First of all, the milk was not kept refrigerated.  It was in a box on the shelf with the juice.  How strange.  Also, one did not go up and down the aisle with a buggy because of congestion.  The buggy was parked at the end of the aisle and if you were lucky, it would still be there when you came back with your items.  Fruits and vegetables had to be purchased from local street vendors.  We were so glad to find fresh pineapple, bananas, plantain, oranges and watermelon!  We had to go inside the local "farmer's market" to get our vegetables so our driver's mother went with us to help get the best price.  I think the local "farmer's market" is a fascinating place, but I could surely do without the hunks of raw meat sitting out.

While Cheryl and Colton were at the market, the rest of the team went to the library and entertained about 300 children with Bible stories and songs.  The library is an amazing place.  The town of Ankaase is so blessed to have it here, but they do not yet understand its value to their community.  That will take some time, but by God's grace, it will happen.

On Thursday and Friday, the team would have breakfast and devotions and then head to the library to process books sent by US donors.  In the afternoons, we would do Bible stories and school lessons with the children.

Being in Ankaase has been very different than anything else this team has done.  Everything here moves at a much slower pace and our evenings are free.  It has been a wonderful and much needed time of rest for all of us.

We will be here until next Thursday and then we go back to Tamale until Aug 5.  A small team from Visiting Orphans will join us on July 30.  We are looking forward to meeting them and showing them around.