Sunday morning we were treated to a scrambled ostrich egg breakfast — only four eggs were required to feed all sixty-one of us.
After breakfast we attended an outdoor church service on the grounds of the compound. The worship band was amazing and the service began with a beautiful time of dancing and singing praises to God for who he is and all he has done. Despite the scorching sun, our team enthusiastically joined dance lines. We thought we did pretty well; that is, until Pastor Charles told us later that we dance out of tune. He said the band made an attempt to change the beat of the drum to help us out but it was to no avail!
My brother-in-law Bryan, who is part of our logistics team, was invited to preach the sermon. He did an amazing job speaking from Mark Ch. 5 while Pastor Ranse translated. Many of the NEA staff told me he touched their hearts and they want to recruit him off the medical team to join the pastoral training team in the future!
Sunday afternoon a local artisan named Peter arrived and a great deal of shopping took place. Peter explained to me that the income he earned from today is the equivalent of at least one year’s income for him and for the other artisans whose crafts he brought. “Now we can feed our families,” he told me with a big hug.
For dinner we were treated to a roast turkey and gravy dinner. We’ve been getting to know the turkeys roaming around the compound this week and didn’t know that two of them would be “taking one for the team.” They were delicious, as was the crème caramel Patience made us for dessert.
Later in the evening we were treated to an incredible presentation by the Leyaata Ane Project staff. Leyaata (which translates “rescue us”) is NEA’s year-round newborn and maternal mortality reduction program that receives funding support from the Government of Canada. Our team was impressed beyond belief with the incredible work that Mumuni, Rachel, Linda, Patrick and Prosper are doing to save the lives of countless women and children through this program that is working in 160 villages. Despite many challenges, the newborn death rates have dropped from 30/1000 to 5/1000 due to this program. We all expressed how proud we are of this team and how we want to do more to support them.
Ernestina, our Ghanaian medical assistant, informed us at dinner that we should expect extremely large crowds over the next two days. She suggested we go to bed early, “buck up,” and apply “more grease to our elbows” in anticipation of two very busy days in the village and on the compound.
We appreciate your prayers over these busy days!