First Newsletter from Ghana, Chapter 3D

A Journey HomeA Journey Home is the story of my mother’s experiences working as a nurse in a health clinic for the under-served in Ghana, West Africa. Click here to begin with the first entry of “The Journey Home”   

In addition to Mama’s letters to me and her journal notes, she regularly sent a newsletter to all the churches and individuals who supported her with funds and prayers. The newsletters provide an overall picture of her life in Ghana. The newsletter from October, 1989 was her first and is quite long.  

Oct. 27, 1989    Part 2

I enjoy the worship services and am impressed with their devotion, ever optimistic outlook, and trust in God to provide what is needed. Our day at the clinic begins with the two evangelists, Francis and Jesse, conducting a devotion for the staff and patients.  Two or three songs, a Bible reading, and two prayers make up this devotion period. God is entreated to heal the sick so they may leave our clinic with joy, that the staff will be able to help, then all of us are committed to His care. And so the day begins with my reason for being in Ghana.

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Francis, evangelist for the clinic

Prayer Meeting on Wednesday night remains true to its title. The first prayer meeting: Dr. Kingsley Adu’s wife interpreted for Beth and me. Gabriel Opong, a preacher, led the services and the songs. Some of the songs are familiar, some not. One of my favorites was the last – “Sun of My Soul”. Prayers were mostly silent, each one for special things:

  1. personal problems, also back sliders
  2. the church in Bomso, the churches Bomso has planted, the church in Kumasi
  3. the sick in the church, at our clinic and in hospitals
  4. chiefs, kings, rulers of all nations
  5. those in prison

An all night vigil was announced for Friday night beginning at 10 P.M. with singing until midnight. Then two brothers will present lessons on fassting and prayer with a question and answer period following. More singing and more lessons until sunrise. One brother stood and said people seem to get sleepy between 3 and 4 A.M. and if any can bring coffee, sugar, milk, and mugs, he would furnish the water! Everyone laughed!

Gabriel and his wife, Afi, dressed in traditional clothes.

Gabriel and his wife, Afi, dressed in traditional clothes.

Next week, “A Shopping Trip”, Part 3 of Mama’s newsletter

I am thankful again for the experience Mama had serving sick people in Ghana. She loved and respected the Christians she met there.

I am thankful for the hearts of Francis and Gabriel. They served the Lord with courage, love, and honor.

JoyMartell

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