We came here to learn about things we need to do to accomplish our task – to build an Information Technology Center in Abesewa, Ghana. After today, I think we will have knowledge to make good, informed decisions, check.
I came away with much more. New friends:
- Charlie and Mary Kay Jackson – who have been the most gracious hosts in the midst of Dumsor (Ghana for off-on), a time when electric power is turned off and on – many times without notice. Charlie was without power for the two days we were traveling.
- Bishop Kofi Asare Bediako – a wonderful leader and servant – very gracious and has not let his status go to his head.
- The many people with whom we met – they gave us counsel and have helped in so many ways to advance our project. From the teachers and technicians to the staff, administrators and vendors.
- The people of Abesewa – the children of the schools are especially impressive. The adults are gracious and Godly. They all are the reason for the project.
I am impressed with the people of Ghana. They are determined to survive. They will do what they must to survive. They will do what they must do to live. They are strong.
Today, I saw hope. I had a chance to see beautiful young people who have hope because of what we are doing. You can see despair in the eyes of the street vendors – no joy, no hope. But, in the eyes of the young students at Abesewa Junior High, you can see hope.
We are offering hope!
I find it hard to accept appreciation when I feel so blessed.
Thanks be to God!
(Kwaku means Wednesday – the day on which I was born. In Ghanan, your full name often includes the day of the week on which you were born)
We are still in an area where Internet speed is slow (we are trying to fix that), so, I’ll be brief. We had a simply awesome day. We visited the village of Abesewa, where the technology center is being built. We met with the Methodist Bishop, the Chief, the Elders and several of the school staff. After being welcomed into the village, we visited the Technology Center, which is making terrific progress. We also met the school children and had a very productive meeting with the Headmaster and two technology teachers. Later, we met with the Bishop and the project managers.
We had an amazing day and Jim and I will give more details when the Internet service is better. )kyinaa. (tomorrow)
Today, I saw people who lived day-to-day, street vendors who peddled their wares from the top of their heads. Day after day they walk back and forth along the road selling anything from water, different kinds of produce and other items you would not expect to see in remote Ghana. Day by day, minute by minute, is how they survive. No plans for a future. No hope.
Together in Christ,
I will be brief, until I can get a solid wifi connection. After a wonderful breakfast, Jim and I attended church with Mary Kay and Charlie – what an awesome and moving service. After lunch, Jim, Mary Kay and I were driven to Kumasi and are staying at the Freeman Methodist Center before heading to Abesewa tomorrow. I will upload photos and give more details as soon as I can.
After 22 hours of travel, Jim and I made it to Ghana! We were greeted by Mary Kay and Charlie Jackson, our host family, at the airport. We are looking forward to seeing Ghana in the daylight!
Jim and I are at the Columbia, SC airport waiting to board the plane to Ghana. We depart at 7:45 PM from Columbia, then fly to Atlanta, then to Amsterdam and finally arrive in Accra, Ghana at 8:00 PM Saturday night. Lots of time in the air, but it’s for a great cause.
Jim Arant and I are preparing for our scout trip to Ghana. We’ve had all of our vaccinations (now I know how a pin cushion feels) and are filling our bags with travel items. We leave for Ghana on Friday, December 4th. Our mission is to visit the village of Abesewa, where the technology center is being built, and determine the needs of the community. We will also visit other rural technology centers and meet with potential computer vendors.
Jim and I are very excited to represent the Orangeburg district of the United Methodist Church of South Carolina. The opportunity of spreading God’s love to those less fortunate is an amazing mission that we are honored to undertake. Keep us in your prayers as we prepare for this awesome journey.
In September of 2014, the United Methodist Conference, Orangeburg District, convened its first meeting of the committee that would plan, fund and build a technology center in the village of Abesewa in Ghana. The committee is made up of pastors, parishioners and conference staff who have interests and talents in spreading God’s love through technology and education to this tiny village in Ghana. It’s a huge undertaking that involves many people, on both sides of the Atlantic.
We’ve developed this web site share the news of this mission and to keep all who are interested updated on our progress. We hope you will find this site useful and informative. We also hope you will be moved to help us in our mission through your time, talents, gifts or service. To contact us, just click here and complete the form. You can donate to the project, by clicking here.
Please keep us in your prayers as we share God’s love with our brothers in Christ in Ghana.