Last Monday I returned from my 10 day trip to Ghana and unfortunately had almost no internet access in the towns and villages I was visiting. An irony of our work in Ghana is that many of the exciting things we want to report are happening in places where updating a website isn’t easy or possible.
Over the next few days though I will be post a few highlights from my journal along with some pictures of my time in Kpenchela, Kumasi and Kintampo, Ghana.
August 7, 2010
Day 2 – Ghanaian YLI Coaches Adam, Vincent, and Churcher, and I drove out to a “hinterland” village called Kpenchela where for three years Adam has been living out what we teach. He has deeply loved this village and has been discipling a few young leaders there; but a persistent source of suffering has been a lack of clean drinking water, and limited education opportunities for the children.
In September 2009, during my first visit to Kpenchela, I became sick to my stomach as I imagined my two kids having to live in the conditions we saw in the village. Vincent, himself having grown up in a village in Ghana, was so upset by what he saw that he emotionally retreated to the car for most of our visit.
In March of 2010, on a return trip, the chief of Kpenchela communicated to our team through a translator that the lack of clean water and education in the village was like a sore on his leg. Adam shared with me his passion to help with the need and willingness to give of his own meager resources.
This time we went to Kpenchela to celebrate.
Through a partnership of YLI donors, and an investment of his own money, Adam has successfully led a project to construct a system that captures rainwater in two 30,000 liter tanks which is then purified for drinking. The water is collected from the roof of a new open air pavilion that will be used as a school, and as the first meeting place for the Christians in the village to worship.
Adam, the leaders he is discipling, and I talked together about his vision for the young leaders in Kpenchela now to reach out to eight similar and unreached surrounding villages with what they have received.
It was a fun party.
The chiefs and elders from Kpenchela and the eight surrounding villages, along with a couple hundred people came together for a dedication of the project, a time of prayer; and of course a traditional dance.
Kpenchela dancers performed their traditional dance. Then Jonah did his traditional dance. Then I did my dance (which could not be called traditional in any way).
To show their gratitude the chief made the first ever (live)stock donation to YLI. I left with a sheep, a chicken and a guinea fowl (which to the disappointment of my children stayed in Ghana).
Adam, and his small team of disciples have been serving and loving the village of Kpenchela for three years, and because of their investment, Kpenchela is now becoming a beacon to the surrounding area. It is a great living example of 2 Timothy 2:2, the reason for which YLI exists.