Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Goodbye Ghana

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ

Romans 1:16

Ghanaians live this scripture and it’s inspiring. And joyful.

We felt like these people truly knew God.

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We took some missionaries out to dinner.

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This is the Portuguese Church inside the slave castle. Isn’t it sickening to know that all around them was human suffering embodied waiting to be sold into slavery while the pious white people went to church?
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Kakum National Forest

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Nearly every single white LDS person we’ve met invited us to dinner. We were grateful to get fed American-style meals and see what it’s like to be a senior missionary in the church. Of the four different couples, they had 6, 8, 8, and 9 kids respectively. Wow!

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As our time comes to a close in West Africa, I think Jacob summed it up just about right:

“The draw of Africa, for me, isn’t to see any particular sight. It’s to see people living simple lives of faith.”

I couldn’t pity anyone in Ghana. People lived with too much joy. In some ways Ghana has got it together more than any developed country.

It’s not an easy country to visit, but it’s bittersweet to leave.

3 comments:

The Francis Family said...

You look fantastic Kallie! I love your yellow dress in the temple picture! Also, I think you do help people traveling. I'm glad you've been able to make that dream a reality.

Sally Lou said...

Hey I started reading Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery the other day. I've only made it through the introduction and part of the first chapter, but I think you'd really like it.
I also really like your yellow dress at the temple :)

Astyn said...

I love all of the signs. My neighbor is from Uganda and has a similar cultural tradition of talking very openly about religion and beliefs. It makes for some wonderful conversations.

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