Notes from the Team

Photo by Tana Lopez/Woven Eye

Saturday, July 30, 2011 

In the morning we went to the Children of Mary Preschool for their graduation ceremony. Children of Mary was started by Mercia Laryea, Ghanaian Mothers’ Hope Ghana Executive Director, 6 years ago when she retired from the Ghana School System. Now, Mercia spends most of her time working for GMH helping us set up preschools.

Sue Ulrich writes:

“It was graduation day at a Ghanaian pre-school. What an experience! There were so many beautiful children singing songs, acting out scenes and performing plays for their parents and us.  I felt a strong sense of community among these generous people and admire the support that families offer one another. The children were beaming with pride as they told us about different districts in Ghana and shared what they wish to be when they grow up. I so appreciate the warm welcome given to us by Mercia and her school. Good luck students and God bless you all!”

Photo by Tana Lopez,

Scott and I left early to head to the airport to pick up Anna and Sarah. Children of Mary is about 30 miles from the airport but the traffic was terrible. We allowed 2 hours and needed every minute. Luckily for us, the girls had checked their bags a day early so they were the last ones to get their bags.

As soon as Anna and Sarah got in the van we hurried to the Cultural Market for a little fun shopping. I have been there so many times that the venders know me by name. It is such a rich experience in customs, crafts and perseverance. Families of the missioners should be very proud—they all passed with flying colors—actually they are all a bit more colorful. The van was quite full by the time we all piled in with our purchases.



Here is Jacki Coates take on the day:

“On July 29th the group went to a preschool graduation. There was a lot of dancing, singing, and acting. Then we went to the cultural market and got a lot of great deals. They were selling drums, masks, shirts, dresses, food, bags, and wooden play sets. Then the whole group went out to eat. The day was very nice and it was a perfect day in Ghana.”



Ian at the Market.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

By November Graham:

“Today we got to experience a church in Ghana. . .  It was amazing. It was one of the coolest, most loving, welcoming places’ I have ever been!!!! The women were dancing and singing and just so happy to celebrate their faith. We left that church and went to another church very quickly so we could see father Victor for a late lunch! There I met the cutest little, 2 year old, boy named Nathan who sat on my lap after lunch and just played, which just made my day more phenomenal… if that’s possible!”

Tomorrow is the first day of camp. All of the girls and women are just chomping at the bit to spend time with the children. I know it will be love at first sight for everyone. Keep coming back to see how

5 responses to “Notes from the Team”

  1. Dear Friends,
    I am so very happy and proud of all of you. I had the pleasure of this trip 2 summers ago. I continue to pray for all of you each day. God will bless all of you. Aren’t the church services amazing – the people really know how to communicate with God.
    Enjoy every moment – it will go so fast, but the memories last forever.
    Marge Ripke

  2. Sue – you’re glowing with joy and happiness. I’m so proud of you for making this journey, literally and spiritually. Enjoy and travel safe – and I cannot wait to hear all about your trip when you get back home to Florida!

    Love you, Seestor

  3. Each night I wait for the updates from the team. I am so proud of you November and all of the wonderful things you are doing for others. My prayers are with you and I can’t wait till you come home and I can hear all of your stories.
    Love Mom

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