The commute to Babator was incredibly interesting today. Three abrupt stops on the dirt road had us witness a school boy catching and killing a grasscutter (groundhog, a delicacy for Ghanaians); the toss of a yam into the moving cargo truck resulted in our team administrating some first aid care to a team member and later in the day a moving apology to the group; finally, our Ghanaian pastors and volunteers jumped out of the truck from every direction to chase a monkey into the forest! (No, they didn’t catch it, but the effort was enjoyable to watch.) Let’s just say ‘We aren’t in Ontario anymore!’ and everyone is doing well. Thank you for covering our travels in your prayers.
In Babator, the church continues to progress with the parging complete on the inside and it is ready to paint possibly tomorrow; the latrine foundation walls are going up; and the teachers enjoyed Braden entertaining the children in music and song once again.
In Teselima, the dozer worked for a good part of the day until it was brought back to Carpenter to begin the process of having the new chain installed, and the excavator ended a productive day with a hydraulic line leak. As David shared tonight, the blessing of all of these challenges are that they create ‘the best school’ for increasing the knowledge and confidence of the Ghanaian operators and mechanics as they work through these challenges as a team with Phil and Glenn.
Did they hit water today as we prayed? They certainly didn’t hit a gusher, but apparently there were some signs that there may be some water there. They will see tomorrow what has come of the work in that area. They will be finished the pond tomorrow and moving back to the Carpenter area to finish up the repairs and getting to some other projects David has in mind.
All is well, especially with our Ghanaian friends as Ghana won the soccer game tonight against Nigeria and they are headed into the finals on Friday against Libya. Go Ghana!
Thank you for your continued words of encouragement and prayers. With the hot weather, hard work and team dynamics, we know we need them each and every day! Thank you for standing with us in this work.