Home sweet home. After two weeks of blessed, exhausting work in Ghana, Africa, we are back on (sort of) home field. Isaac has more than 2,200 photos to root through, and I have hours of interviews to transcribe. We are so, so blessed to have had the opportunity to go on this trip, and I cannot wait to share more of it with you. But Isaac is stubborn and pictures must be perfect. Whatever.
In the meantime, I thought i would share with you one of the lovely things I found in Ghana. West Africa is full of symbols and metaphors, and this one is my second favorite:
It’s called gye name (“jen-ya may”), and it means “Except God”. That’s not a spelling error. It means that except for God, nothing matters. It was on everything over there (buildings, t-shirts, plastic lawn chairs), but it was my first exposure so I fell in love with it.
If the gye name was my second-favorite symbol, my MOST favorite was this one:
It’s called denkyem, or “the crocodile” (yes, I am aware that it is, in fact, more of a turtle. West Africans are strange). It is the symbol of adaptability, and its story reflects that “the crocodile lives in water, yet breathes the air.” I just find this so powerful, and it’s a fairly good representation of my life, and the life of a follower of Christ, too.
More to come, Promise.