On Tuesday, the excavation team moved their equipment to the new dam site in Teselema. Their big machines made big changes to the landscape in the area designated for the fish pond. The teachers took over their classrooms and quickly realized their evening would be a long one requiring many adjustments to their well-laid plans in order to suit the children they were just starting to get to know. The construction team got settled in with all of their tools and equipment as the mason team continued building the walls, and the carpenter team built windows and trusses.
On Wednesday, Joyce was called to do more than engage her 40+ JK/SK students when a group of government representatives walked into her classroom under the mango tree! The group then continued over to the build site to introduce themselves, complimenting the team for the work we were doing to encourage health through hygiene training in the school, education through the many tools we brought to the students and teachers, and development in the community with the church and latrine.
Back in Teselema, Glenn and Phil’s excavation work has been greeted with excitement, and hundreds gathered throughout the day to watch them work. They managed to get the pond about one-third completed by working a long 10-hour day, stopping only for a brief lunch and to receive gifts of yams, a rooster and a guinea fowl from the community.
“By the grace of God,” as David would say, a woman’s life may have been saved today because of the serum that NEA stocked. She lives in a nearby village and was bitten by a snake there but, as of dinner tonight, she was reported to be in stable condition after receiving the serum to contradict the snake venom. After dinner, while Braden led the kids of Carpenter in song with the guitar and others played soccer, a few team members gathered with David and the Ghanaian pastors to pray for the woman and other loved ones who need healing. It was a wonderful way to end the day.
May each one of you experience the same joy and blessing we feel for having supported us and this project in so many ways. Your love, support, and prayers are so valuable to each one of us. Please pray for continued physical, emotional, spiritual and relational health and strength to serve well as a team!