Thanks for visiting our site. We will do our best to keep this updated as we prepare for our travel to Ghana as well as through the month of February while we are there. In the meantime there are helpful links on the side of this page that will direct you to the hospital's website as well as World Medical Missions' support page. We appreciate your interest in our trip!
-Ben & Jen
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
We have made it back to Iowa City. Its windy and about 70 degrees colder then when we left Ghana. Home Sweet Home :). We are still adjusting to the time difference, but we are healthy and glad to be home. Thank you all for your prayers along the way. More updates to come soon.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I had the opportunity to go to Gambaga, a village near Nalerigu where women declared as 'witches' were outcast. Unfortunately, these women had been accused of being 'witches' for things such as wife to wife jealousy, a husband's disapproval of one of his wives, and commonly when peforming a tradition ritual of killing a chicken in front of the women, with the head landing a particular direction indicating she practices witchcraft. These women had been separated from their families and children and lived together in this village, Gambaga. Our medical team had an opportunity to come to their village and worship with them. We were also able to provide them with reading glasses donated from the United States. The little girl pictured is one of the children living in this village.
Somehow, there is a way to go shopping in the middle of the bush in rural Ghana. And I found out how. I'm sure that's not too hard for some of you to believe.
At the local markets, many of the women sold colorful fabric. One of the missionaries introduced me to a local tailor, Joyce, who had a shop right outside the hospital. Joyce made beautiful African dresses. She is a stunning African woman who finds a way to manage a tailor shop and care for her several young children.
Here is one of the dresses Joyce made for me. Kat and Beth (also pictured) were fourth year medical students from Tennessee who were on our medical team. They had skirts made for their match day :)
Ben had the opportunity to meet with several chiefs at the local villages. Typically, the volunteer team would bring him gifts (flashlights and fans). The chief also gave gifts in return, and granted the volunteer team permission to provide dental care and share the gospel story.
On one occassion, the chief gave Ben and the team a live dove in a cage. Somewhat unlike the gifts we give to each other in the US :)
They also gave soccer balls and school supplies to the school head master (like a principal). This was a gift of appreciation for allowing the volunteer team to share the gospel story with the children in school.