Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Half of the roads here are dirt and half are paved. ALL are filled with pot holes. The drivers are forced to drive all over the roads, often seemingly right into oncoming traffic to avoid them. I haven't been in or seen an accident yet. I think the only traffic law here is that you have to honk at every person, animal, or vehicle you see. Maybe this should be adopted in America? Just kidding, the constant honking is quite unpleasant.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
I was able to get into my classroom and rearrange a little more. I think it looks good so far! Here is a picture of the room - I still need chairs for the kids - but it looks totally awesome!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I am going to attempt to post a video that, I think, captures walking through the market today. There were women all up and down this alley with sewing machine in the tiniest spaces just working, right there in the middle of all of this. I was also very surprised to see people sleeping in the middle of all of this chaos. Supposedly, Ghanaians can sleep anywhere!
After the market, we went to eat at a hotel on the beach – it was so freeing to look out onto the ocean after the market experience! I went down to the beach to take a picture – it was not like Destin – the beach did not (as most of Africa that I have experienced does not) smell particularly delightful.
I came home to the Korrums for peanut soup and a rice bowl tonight, yum. Because it gets dark here so early (around 6:30) we are beginning to be more creative with our evenings. Several of us played Catch – Phrase, it is nice to have bonding time with my new family overseas. Please pray that we don’t get on each others nerves too soon this year!
It was a really cool day here - maybe in the seventies - so we were let out early to enjoy the day! Several of us walked over to visit an orphanage near the school. This totally brought me back to reality. It was the first time our purpose here had really sunk in. There were maybe fourty kids in the orphanage. Many of them had disabilities, one precious little three year old was deaf, some were burned, some were scared to speak to us, while others begged just to be held. A very bright 10 year old, who was blind in one eye welcomed us into their home . He had just been adopted and was excited to be moving to the states soon. Wow. These kids were living in rags and all sharing small living spaces. Please pray for these kids that I saw today and for the time I will be able to spend with them.
It is 9:30 here and the power just went off, so I know that I am not going to be able to post this tonight - Tomorrow we are off to the big market downtown! We hear that it is very dirty and crowded - but I am all into the experience. I promise to have pictures, if the power is on tomorrow!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Over the past few weeks, I have had a new perspective on common conversations with friends. Some worried about jobs or relationships, others searching for answers dealing with things in their past. When listening and attempting to give advice, I try to describe the clarity I have had while considering teaching abroad. I have a hard time describing all that I am going through, and just how I see my life relating to their issue. So I say, “Just pretend you are moving to Africa.”
This time has been blessed with healing and peace in many parts of my life. I believe there are two reasons for this:
1. I have the mindset of leaving. This creates a need for closure and healing in relationships. It’s like moving to a new house; you clean up, reorganize, decide what you want to carry with you to the next place, and purge all that is left. I have reconsidered priorities in my life.
2. In addition to a change in mindset, I am experiencing the blessings that come from obedience.
I have never felt so “blessed” in my life, even though I am leaving all the “comforts” of my life (including most of my favorite high-heeled shoes). This made me wonder what it is that I consider a “blessing” in the first place? While I never really believed that shoes were a blessing, I know that I have been more focused on the details, like shoes, rather than on our Creator and the giver of all true blessings.
God has called us to be obedient, but He has also given us His Son, so that we may receive grace, when we are disobedient. So, I think that a “blessing” is any gift from God. Even difficult circumstances can be “blessings” – it may just take a little more time to see how.
So...whenever life seems difficult, don’t limit yourself to the options right in front of you. “Just pretend you are moving to Africa,” and listen to how God wants you to respond.