As I sat on a hot, black, old, cracked leather seat of a rickety VW van, my hot sweaty skin stuck to the Ghanaian squished in next to me, I looked out the window and couldn't stop the huge grin that came across my face. Sometimes I take it for granted where I am and I forget to appreciate the beauty of the West African countryside. I remember seeing pictures and movie clips from West Africa with the tropical green trees, red sandy roads, beautifully crafted mud-brick houses with thatched roofs, and people walking about in brightly colored African fabrics that just add to the beauty of the countryside. A few years ago, I never would have dreamt I would be here enjoying this myself! And here I was, traveling solo on a mixture of motorcycle-taxis and VW vans from Togo to Ghana-- being the creepy "yovo" in the back of the van looking out the window with an all-too-giddy smile! God is good!
With a 4 hour journey, I had plenty of time to enjoy the countryside and remember how amazing it is that I am doing what I'm doing right now! Along the way, I had time to think about the patients we were seeing in the hospital, and especially the new plastic patients (burn contractures, deformed extremities, etc) that would be coming in the next week for surgery. As I was thinking, I felt the Lord prompting me to pray for the people I would be seeing in Ghana and especially for people with deformities that would be good candidates for surgery that I may come across. I prayed and napped as I traveled to Accra and waited very IMpatiently for the adventure that lay ahead!
|Tim and I at the Accra airport- together at last!! and in Ghana of all places!!|
|Our amazing group!|
|The group taking a walking tour of the woman's school|
|Sewing class- with manual sewing machines!|
|Fabric dying-- I had some dresses made by the women-- the fabric-dying and sewing is all hand done by the ladies!|
|setting up the pharmacy for the medical clinic|
|Working in the pharmacy! I'm practically a pharmacist now|
|Screening the patients|
I don't know if we will be able to help him; if his complication is something we can operate on, or if there is room in the surgery schedule, but I know that there was a reason that Susan and I were brought together to pray for this boy. Now this boys family and the surrounding villages know about Mercy Ships, so I pray and trust that he will get the help he needs someday!
After screening day, it was such a sweet, humbling experience to meet this family. Yes, we do have to say no to a lot of desperate people, but here was an example of complete, genuine, mercy that we can provide. God clearly placed this girl in my path and provided me with the means to help her and change her life forever. If Enyonam is the only reason that I am even in West Africa, then Praise God! I would do it all over if just for the sake of Enyonam. Enyonam's surgery is Marcy 29th, so pray for her and watch for updates and photos!
I returned from Ghana with a renewed heart and attitude and ready to finish out my next 3 months!
Dance Party! Why can't white people move like black people?!
|And guess who we got to see?! Gifty and Comfort! I met these ladies at my small group at Westbrook church over a year ago!|
|Tim met the children that we sponsor together! Unfortunately I had to return to the ship before I could meet them.|
- For Enyonam and her mother to travel safely, and for a pain-free uncomplicated surgery!
- For a young lady who has been in the hospital since the first week we opened in February. She has a terrible wound, infection, and poor immune system, and has endured many surgeries over the past month. Pray for her miraculous healing and for any emotional or spiritual burdens to be removed from her heart.
- For this coming June-- What in the world is Danielle going to do next?! I need direction :)