Posts in Ghana 2017
When "I" Gives Way to "We"

by Ty Hardin

Day Five
Welcome to Bolgatanga! After breakfast we were off to meet with Rev. Professor Emmanuel Martey and the rest of the officers and clergy at the Upper Presbytery. We toured and then we talked. I enjoyed his poster/slogan that said, “When “I” gives way to “We” even the word Illness becomes Wellness. Let us work together.” 

The next stop was the water production facility. Most folks have heard of water projects that put water systems in place to help a school or village. Here they package water in plastic bags for retail consumption to help sustain the presbytery. Our final stop here was back in the office complex for a moment that touched my heart and will be long remembered. I guess it’s because I sing in a choir. Our number was 13 strong as Dr. E handed out new hymnals that they had recently received and we all sang a hymn together. 

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Exhilarated Spirits and Significant Skills Training

by Beth Brock

We arrived in Tamale on Saturday, July 22nd. At the airport, we were greeted by Rev. Dr. Solomon Sumani Sule-Saa, who serves as Presbytery Chairperson for the Northern Presbytery of Ghana. Solomon was a most gracious host over the two days we were in Tamale. He had a packed agenda ready for us from morning until late evenings.

Upon arrival, Juan was invited to spend nights with Solomon, and the rest of us spent our nights at the quaint A-WAN guesthouse, which had just enough rooms for the rest of our group. It was the perfect size and accommodation for out team. The staff was very supportive and kind.

Saturday evening, we were treated to an informative and lovely dinner with various leaders of the Northern Presbytery. We gathered to meet one another, then they presented and educated us on various statistics of their presbytery. They also shared various programs they lead, and hurdles they face. It was an informative time.

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A Global Denomination

by Ty Hardin

There is a tradition here in Ghana that when an elderly person that has lived a full life passes away, they have a procession to honor and celebrate the life of that individual. They march around and shoot off a cannon. A very loud cannon. A shake the windows and walls cannon. No live rounds, mind you, just the powder. But the thunderous noise alone (at 6:35 a.m.) is almost enough to cause the need for a second procession. 

Lance and I were having coffee at just after 6:00 a.m. He and Juan and Amy were going with Dr. Solomon (Sumani Sule-Saa) to the rural Yendi district area and were scheduled to depart at 7:00. Just before the aforementioned time, we heard drums and chants. Then there was a loud BANG. We both jumped up to see what was the matter. We walked out  just in time to hear another big BOOM and the drums and chants were much closer this time. I decided this was best investigated from inside. Dr. A promptly appeared and explained to us the tradition of celebrating a well-lived life. What an awesome and informative start to the day.

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Witnessing With Joy in Ghana

by Beth Brock

Our group of six from Germantown Presbyterian Church, located just outside Memphis, TN, arrived in Ghana on Friday morning. We were tired but very excited. We met up with our two friends from Columbia Seminary, and then we were all greeted by the dynamic and gracious Dr. John Azumah. We were overwhelmed by his warm welcome. He felt like family immediately. He is an amazing host. 

We settled in for the day/night at the lovely Hephzibah Christian Conference Center. Our meals there have all been open air, beginning with lunch on our first day –which was wonderful. The staff of the center is accommodating and sincere. After lunch, we toured where the first Presbyterian missionaries set up camp in Ghana. We also visited the Akrofi-Christaller Institute for Theology, Mission and Culture, a premier mission institution and Outreach partner established by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. We were mesmerized by the wonderful theological college where people all over the world come to study. The staff of the Presbyterian College of Education is very proud of their accomplished school, as they should be. You can feel the Holy Spirit within its walls. 

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