If you’re curious what we actually DID in Ghana, let me tell you…
three things we did that have absolutely nothing to do with ministry and/or the JESUS Film.
One: we climbed to the tippy-top of Kakum National Forest and walked among the highest leaves.
The best part was walking directly in front of one of our team members, who kept muttering, “This is fun, This is fun, this is-auughhh!” every time someone shook the ropes.
Two: We went hand-to-tail with several unleashed, un-fenced, un-muzzled 6-foot crocodiles at a hotel resort. At. A. Hotel.
That’s right, folks. At this resort, you can sip your mojito, sun in the pool, and pet 2,600 lbs. and 68 teeth from your lounge chair. I don’t know whether to be more terrified for America’s over-the-top safety regulations or that fact that Ghana DOESN’T HAVE ANY.
Three: We had the heartbreaking opportunity to visit Elimina Slave Castle along Ghana’s Gold Coast. Elimina Castle is the oldest building south of the Sahara, so it was a bittersweet chance to experience a little piece of our planet’s past.
The tour was both empowering and painful. Empowering, because it stressed education, not blame, at every opportunity. Painful, as we stood in the women’s dungeon housed just under the feet of the castle’s church, while we thought of men singing Amazing Grace above the din of wailing and tears.
The entire trip was terribly powerful, and it caused us to pause and temporarily step back from our situation. Here we were, doing what we consider God’s work, just as these men had done three centuries before. Were we, too, anywhere in our lives encouraging behavior that Christ would find reprehensible? The castle tour was a challenge to always, always examine our actions, motives, and intentions — especially when trying to follow the feet of Christ.