Ten Americans and twenty-one Canadians from the ages of sixteen to eighty-three have traveled thousands of miles over forty-eight hours safely with the support of many on both sides of the ocean.
These thirty-one have chosen to be the ones who represent the love, prayers and generosity of hundreds, united by the love and grace of their Heavenly Father.
Along the way, Craig approached some men at our bus lunch stop and asked them to show him how to dance. They laughed.
He asked them what they liked to eat.
“Snake”, one said.
They asked Craig where we were all headed.
“North”, he said.
One of the men spoke up. “There is a man up there. He has done a lot of good things for all the people.”
Craig asked, “Dr. David Mensah?”
“That’s him”, he replied.
Continuing north, the bus slowed as we looked to the right to see the church built in Subinso back in 2011. The bus slowed again as we looked to the left to see the new hospital being built for completion in 2021. And looking to the right once again, we saw all the preparation that had been done for the building of this team’s project…a new dormitory to house one hundred guests. Just a small few of those ‘good things’.
In forty-eight hours, new relationships have been born and old ones renewed. Things were lost, and found! Equipment and resources were unpacked and sorted. Laughter was shared, and knowing that if we hear “what sounds like a lion” is really only an ostrich, rest will be found.
Tomorrow we will share our first full day in Carpenter. Morning devotions with NEA, touring the hospital site and the schools where we will teach and offer our condolences to a family who is grieving the loss of a wonderful man named Noah. One of NEA’s first staff members known by many of us who have been here before. A man who is now with our Heavenly Father. United.