Ghana Education Trip 2015 – Paul’s Story

paul1The team was in a Church service the day after we arrived in Navrongo northern Ghana, when God stepped in to emphasize a message.  Opening my Bible to the passage that Rev. La Misi was about to read at offering time, a bright spot of light came through a small hole in the roof which illuminated Malachi 3:9-10 (NASB): “You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.”

As our journey unfolded, we witnessed that the Lord was indeed overflowing His blessings to the people that we were serving as well as to us!  For as materially poor that the majority world is, these people are rich in joy that can only come from God.  Their delight in the Lord was evident by their many worship songs and dances.

Our new Ghanaian friends eagerly received the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) lessons.  They learned from God’s Word that they can be making a difference.  Ghana is not going to develop because outside people pour money into the country, but because their own people will bring changes in lives and communities using their skills and resources.

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We met with the Chef of Navrongo who was quick to thank us and our coworkers in the USA that were covering for our work while we came to Ghana to teach his people.  Pastor Clement in addition to attending to the spiritual needs of his Church, is also a master basket weaver that teaches this trade to others.  It takes four days for an artist to transform a pile of dry straw into a beautifully crafted basket which is sold to provide income.

 

paul3During the second week of the trip, I stayed with Dayo Obaweya in his home in Aveyime southern Ghana while the rest of the HBA team was at the City Of Refuge Ministries campus.  I was honored to teach Children’s CHE alongside Mandy McKinley, a Registered Nurse from Alaska that is serving long term in Aveyime.  The greatest joy was seeing teens and adults coming up with original training songs and dramas that were then shared with children in the communities.  There is nothing like a song with oil-jug and water bottle percussion instruments to teach about preventing malaria, and to learn Scripture that cleanses our souls!  The CHE methodology moves the knowledge from the head, to the heart and hands where it can transform neighborhoods.  These people can be the Change Agents that God will use to bring lasting differences throughout Ghana.

Many times I was overwhelmed by smiles, laughter, songs, games, and hugs from new friends that are Brothers and Sisters through Jesus.  I am eager to return to Ghana to see them again, the changes that have been made, and to have the opportunity to learn and share more with them.

Blessed to be a blessing,

Paul