spoiled in love

11 Jul

So I finally got back to Washington last night. Five countries, 3 continents later. Some of our team took advantage of a 3 day layover in Europe to explore London and Paris.

I realized a lot about myself in Ghana. I realized that this past year due to circumstances with family and friends, Cambodia experiences and my education as a social worker that I had become hopeless, cynical, negative, always assuming the worst about people. Now don’t get me wrong I love my education and going to Cambodia, but the combination of events this past year changed something inside of me. I especially realized that my attitude towards others needed to change. Ghana filled me back up with hope, joy and love, which I will be forever grateful for. My goal is to be full of thankfulness, love and joy for little moments each day. Tore and I are reading Colossians which has been a wonderful source of encouragement. Colossians // Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way

In Ghana we were absolutely spoiled. Spoiled in the prayers of our church, family, friends, Sylvia and the church in Tema. Spoiled in comfort- free upgrades to first class seating, nice hotel, good food. Spoiled in gifts- the ladies of Antioch and Raymond’s family gave us beautiful gifts of clothes, purses, notes, and drawings. Spoiled in love from the children we played with, conversations with new friends and being welcomed into their church family. Ghana blessed me in many unexpected ways.

On our last day in Ghana we completed some home visits to our deaf friends. We had a birthday party for Charity. Chatted with Agnes, her sisters and mother. We were encouraged by Sarah and Christina’s motivated and loving parents. Our hearts broke for Efua. We saw Sylvia, her sisters and mother one last time. Then in the evening we headed over to Raymond and Ruby’s for dinner. The ladies had created a yummy feast for us! It was a great time of fellowship, laughter and goodbyes. I was not ready to leave at all, 10 days wasn’t enough time! All of my conversations seemed to end with “next time I see you…” I miss everyone back in Ghana already and I’ve only been home a day! Ghana definitely stole a part of my heart. I left great friends and family there, whom I will be loving and praying for. I can’t wait to see them all again!


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