Snapshots from Ghana

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”  My comments are in red.

CHAPTER 5D

From the fourth section of her March, 1990, newsletter to supporters. See the first installment of the newsletter here.

Snapshots of my life in Ghana:

  • Saturday night and the power is on! We are thankful. We had a thunderstorm Wednesday night and it must have done extensive damage to power lines.
  • Clinic stories: One of our patients, Ben, has been treated for osteomyelitis (an inflammation of the bones) for two years. This developed after getting a gross staph infection at the hospital. Surgery with bone grafting has been scheduled for weeks; everyday when Ben came to us for dressing his sores, he would give a new date for surgery. Finally, a doctor sent us a note, with the surgery date, the amount of money needed, and a list of medicines Ben would need. This included pre-op medications, antibiotics, IV fluids. Yes, the patients must acquire their own supplies!We dispatched one of our workers to gather the needed items. The day we thought Ben would be admitted he showed up at our door. He had to supply his own bed (a foam mat), sheets, towels, and dressings for post-op! And this is a teaching hospital. We pray Ben’s surgery will be successful.
  • Bomso church meets in a large open-air building next to the clinic and housing compound — a strong and evangelistic body.
    Bomso building in the forefront of this picture

    Bomso building in the forefront of this picture

    They conduct several campaigns a year in far-reaching rural areas. Last week was their 3rd Annual Youth Week with speakers each night on the theme of “Putting on the Whole Armor of Christ”. There were large crowds (200-300) and great singing. At the Sunday night service the young people presented a play portraying the theme. These young people have no inhibitions when performing and truly throw themselves into their role. Each player presented a piece of armor with appropriate scriptural remarks and examples. But the helmet of salvation was the prize! This young guy swaggered out with a motorcycle helmet on! Everyone loved it!

How I wish each of you could spend just one week here! You never be the same!

  • My health has been good except for a bout with malaria; I was on the bed three days and then a week of recovery. Although I had no chills or fever, I felt terrible, so weak. I felt like there was lead in my bones. The weekly dose of medication for malaria only makes it a lighter case; it does not prevent it. Hopefully, I’ll build some immunity.
  • With your generous support I have found opportunities to

assist a widow lady to buy rice to resell

pay funds for young people to go to Bible Camp

$500 to the clinic to buy medicines.

Requests for individual help is either referred to the church Benevolent Committee, or we seek the advice from the two ministers, Gabriel Opong and Samuel Obeng. Samuel is on our medical team and is invaluable as a cultural advisor and language teacher. The team is blessed with a staff of workers who are Christians and have the same goals and attitude as the team: to glorify God and spread the Gospel as we help the sick.

Samuel, his wife Comfort, and Gabriel

Samuel, his wife Comfort, and Gabriel

Continue to pray for me and this work. Letters are very much welcomed! My love and prayers to you all.

Serving in Ghana,

Martin Johnson

I am thankful for those who provided financial support for Mama’s service in Ghana. I know God was glorified.

JoyMartell  

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