Ghana Paradise

Lunch at Coco Beach Hotel
Beth and Nicole present a replica of St. George's Episcopal Church, Manchester, Maryland to the Priest's of St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Abbosey, Okai

Every good mission needs a day to catch their breath before going full force. Today was our day. After a nice relaxing 4 hour church service where the electricity was shut off in the middle of the service, we took a nice drive to the east of Accra toward Tema, the port city.

They have the best pizza at this hotel and a very nice view of the beach with a wonderful breeze.  We even tried seafood pizza with octopus.  Quite interesting–I passed and decided on the pineapple pizza.  Don’t laugh it is good.  On the way to the hotel we could see the coffin shop with it’s Coke Bottle, Crab, Church, Taxi, Fish coffins.  Yes, they do bury people in coffins shapped like a fish.

Mercia’s son, Joshua, came with us today and he is a bundle of energy.  We could barely keep up.  He loves the beach and it is a treat to go there.  We treated him to a horse back ride–a real horse on the beach.  We saw pigs eatting the trash and you have to check out the picture of the hermit crabs in the tidal pool.  It was so clear that you can’t see the water in the photos.

Joshua wearing my head gear
Pigs scavaging the trash on the beach–It is actually better than it was last year
Just how many hermit crabs can you find?

Here is a Praise Report.  In 2007 Cynthia Frock and Cheryl Vecera began teaching crochetting to girls here in Ghana.  Many are still improving their skills.  In 2008, Anita Dudek took crocketting one step further and taught some women how to crochetting using plastic bags as the medium to make toys for children.  It did not have the success that we have hoped for but we did stress recycling and now Ghana has begun a recycling program as well.  The other thing that Anita taught was how to make baby hats for the Safe Mothershood Birthing Kits to women in the Mother’s Union.  The biggest obstacle here is crochet hooks.  They us very small hooks and cotton yard.  We have supplied some wool and G-K crochet hooks.

Mrs. Crofi with baby hats

When I was here in January one woman, Mrs. Crofi asked me to help her with the pattern that we had given out.  After a short lesson she understood perfectly and brought me her work (she ran out of wool or she would have had more)  Bravo Cynthia, Cheryl and Anita for work that is still going on three years later.

Tana gets her photo taken by Joshua

Photographers always get left out of photo, so here is Tana posing for Joshua.

Blessings to all.  We will be going to learn lessons of slavery tomorrow and begin the breast cancer awareness programs on Tuesday.


Another fine photo from Joshua

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