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Ghana, land of gorgeous people and non-restrained crocodiles

18 Jul


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.

Kakum at 200 feet

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.

Photo credit Sarah!

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 women's slave dungeon, Elimina Castle

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.

Elimina Castle Education Center

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.

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in General, Ghana, JESUS Film

 

5 responses to “Ghana, land of gorgeous people and non-restrained crocodiles

  1. Joann Davison

    July 19, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Wow !!!
    You guys really had an exciting trip. Your photos are wonderful and I am so thrilled to receive them. I still can’t believe you 2 are having all these amazing things happening in your life!!
    You will never be the same again. Keep on sending me pictures .
    Love, Grandma Joann

     
  2. SarahMarieDee

    July 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks, Grandma. We’ll be home in September, and I hope we can show you some more pictures then! Love you and miss you.

     
  3. Amy Davison

    July 20, 2011 at 2:39 am

    Hey guys! I am really enjoying your blog! It is very inspiring to read about what you are doing and where you are travelling to. You are both so blessed to have this opportunity…you are in my prayers always. Safe travels 🙂

     
    • SarahMarieDee

      July 20, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      Amy, Thanks so much! It’s always good to know SOMEONE is checking in on us 😉 We miss you guys.

       
  4. John Cunningham

    December 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Hey, Sarah and Isaac,
    Thanks for the photos and comments. I am looking forward to being there in Ghana in one month. I’m so glad you both were able to travel there and to minister in the name of Jesus! It’s great to be colleagues with you both at JFHP! Blessings.

     

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