Everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to sleep in a little this morning. We, along with the peanut truck full of the Carpenter congregation, traveled up to Tinga to worship in and commission the church we had built in 2012. Tinga has a new chief that David had not yet met, so to respect traditions we went to his home to introduce ourselves, and at the end of the service we awaited permission to leave the village since he had indicated he wanted to see us again before we left. He sent his linguist to offer us gifts of eggs and guinea fowl, which added to the gifts from the church of yams and a very healthy-looking goat.
Jacob preached from 1 Peter 2:4-5, challenging us to trust our God the Creator, the Almighty, our refuge and fortress. He is the Living Stone: above all (money, poverty, presidents,…) and we can trust Him.
The afternoon was spent relaxing. Some napped, some played soccer against the Ghanaian pastors (who let us feel good by keeping the score tied), and some toured the village of Carpenter. Local resident David, who was a volunteer on our last build, recognized Jacqueline and proudly introduced his family to her.
At dinner David Mensah taught us a new song, and created a healthy competition by scoring how well each table could sing it. After dinner, the teachers were busy preparing for Monday’s lessons and really appreciated the willing hands of the building team members who helped staple and cut out shapes for them.
It really is a wonderful blessing to see how our team has enjoyed one another in play and in work. Again, your feedback and encouraging posts posts were well-received by your loved ones! Thank you! We are all well and ready to face the coming six workdays. God truly is our provider — physically, relationally and spiritually.