This was it…our final day. The excavation team worked a full day and they left the pond in Teselima with the project complete and the machines in wonderful working order. The build/teach team spent half of the day in Babator and were able to paint most of the exterior of the church, finish up renovations at the school, and sort out all the teaching materials left.
A few of us stayed in Carpenter to finish organizing the materials left here in storage. In the afternoon, many of us headed back to Teselima to see the work the excavation team had done since our last visit there. It was great to see both machines working beautifully together.
Tonight in our closing ceremonies, after our fabulous dinner eaten outside, and after watching the soccer match on a borrowed TV, some team members spoke on behalf of all of us. Phil praised the Ghanaians for their part on the team, noting that they rose earlier than the rest of us to fuel up and prepare the machines, and admiring how well and how quickly they were able to replace the bulldozer chain considering they did it all ‘by hand,’ with no fuel pumps to fill the tanks and no air compressors for powered wrenches.
Joyce encouraged and blessed the teaching team for all of their efforts and true investment of themselves to the challenging task at hand, and Pat thanked Abraham and his hospitality team for the amazing job they did feeding us three hot meals every day, cleaning up our living quarters each morning, and working so hard to get our very dirty clothes ‘whiter than white,’ scrubbing it all by hand and hanging it out in the sun all day. Joe praised the build team for their hard work that effectively touched the village in three areas: the church, the latrine and the school. Gifts were exchanged and it was such a joy to see each Canadian team member in awe of the beauty and forethought that was put into each gift. We missed Brenda’s presence these two weeks, but David and the NEA team did a wonderful job in her place!
Luggage is packed, weighed and sitting in the gazebo for its early morning pick up. We board the bus with ‘breakfast to go’ and start our way back to Accra. Please pray for continued health safety on the roads. Pray that as we watch the landscape pass by through the windows of our bus, God will remind us of the lessons learned. We are all aware that we are soon returning to life and business as usual three weeks away, but we rejoice in knowing that back here in Ghana, there are wonderful pastors and friends lifting us up in prayer as we do what God has called us to do.
May you too be encouraged and blessed for holding down the fort while we were away, and holding us up in prayer. Thank you all!