Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We're back not one full day yet and have unpacked and are doing laundry, paying bills, processing many thoughts and images.
A pastor friend of ours stopped by and listened to our stories. It's important to have this. He & his wife are coming over for lunch tomorrow. It'll be nice.
I had to take a nap afterward though. I laid there feeling like i have this better than gold gift and when I share it with others, if they don't seem as excited about it as I do, then somehow it is devalued.
So I almost feel like just closing the doors, taking the phone off the hook and being alone with my thoughts for a few days, maybe a week at least. Let them process themselves out of our frontal lobes.
Fan into flame the ones that we don't want to let die away. And gradually move back into the "swing of things" here.
The enemy was busy before we left and is at it again on our return. We'll not even entertain it's futile efforts to steal our joy!
We're listening to some Ghanaian music and feeling home sick for Ghana.
So many things, like breakfast this morning. We had no milk, so we figured we'd go get some good old southern grits and eggs. One place don't open for breakfast any more and the other is shut down.
So we went to the store and got some milk for cereal with blueberries and banana.
It's just not the same. We had "Rice Watah" in Ghana nearly every morning with sweet bread and strawberry jam and of course fresh pineapple.
We're not greeted by the pitter-patter of tiny feet on the tile, entering our bedroom to play and get a toffee before having to get dressed, eat and go to school.
Our place is in great shape, Frances took great care of the house, plants and our fur babies while we were gone.
Anita and I were just talking about Sunday service in Ghana. Rev James would allow us to speak and burning the time he would normally use for a sermon, and not feeling very well due to some lingering effects of malaria, he would lead worship and the celebration of Christ in our lives was ON!
He's not a great singer, but has passion like I do. And every body and voice rises to join with him as he praises his King.
He took the time, after a long day of travel to Norway, to call and speak to each of us before we left.
We love him more than we can express. He's never asked us for a single thing.
I've some things to process, there are many needs there and we'll set up programs for them so you can seek GOD to find your involvement in them and assist us through pray & sharing these causes far and wide.
We may be back in the USA but our hearts are lingering in Ghana.
Tears already stinging our eyes. We've hung a few gifts on the wall and placed a few on shelves.
Reminders of our role in the Kingdom. Hope that we will once again, be in Ghana, serving side by side with our brothers and sisters there.
It's a place where there is no division because of any thing. It's a place we long for and hope for and pray for.
I can't fully articulate all that it is.
Once that African Rhythm is in you, you just can't shake it off!
It is simply wonderful!
And it is wonderful that GOD brought Anita and I together and that we share the same passion to serve the least of these.
Wonderful is HIS name!
David Lee Waters Sr.,
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Photos & Videos from Jerusalem Gates Academy http://picasaweb.google.com/weministry/Day14 as well as some from the Feast!
Glad to be headed home to our other freinds and family. Ready to love on our fur babies.
Give thanks to all our contributors, we come bearing gifts!!
And to praise and worship the almighty GOD with the familiar faces of home!
It's hard to transition from this....
to .. water stuff and cut the grass etc.
Please pray for our RE-ENTRY and help us to transition by asking us about the trip, and listening to us share. we really can't contain it and your allowing us to process it all, will HELP more than you know!
David Lee Waters Sr.,
Monday, July 20, 2009
Fufu & Goat soup today! All who have been involved in this mission trip will come and share the bounty. We will talk about what we did and what needs to be done.
We have specific burdens from GOD in our hearts, to bring clean and living water to those in need and sponsor children at the school we've adopted, Jerusalem Gates Academy.
There are many many more needs here. We have elected to contribute towards a church that has the hardest working person for the kingdom we've ever met; Pastor John Johnson. The church in Kepeve needs some chiken wire installed around the openings above the walls to keep the bats out.
His tireless efforts and never complain stance, along with his life circumstance of having no bath room facilities in his home, where he lives with a wife and two children; have led us to elect to sponsor his family. We are gifting him with two years paid rent.
Here in Ghana, you have to pay two year's rent in advance. They simply don't extend credit here. If you go to a bank, it's not likely you will qualify, and if you do you will pay 25% interest.
Pastor Johnson travels around on a 125cc motorcycle that Christ Harvests provided for him. He is constantly on the road, planting new churches, encouraging others and he will be following up on our water purification systems. He's bright, to say he's articulate is an understatement as he speaks five languages fluently and he is dedicated to service for the kingdom.
His rent is a mere 25 Ghanian Cedis (gcd) per month and in three months his lease expires. We'd like to see him move to a place with bathroom and kitchen facilities in the house and are told it will cost about 35 gcd.
At the current exchange rate this is: 35 Ghanaian New Cedi = 23.60829 US Dollar.
So we're asking if GOD places a burden in your heart for this man of GOD, please contribute and we will ensure he is moved and as he deserves, more comfortable in his living conditions.
http://weministry.com/ has paypal buttons, please indicate Pastor Johnson in the notes.
We spend the day to day wrapping things up. We'll see a presentation byu the kids at Jerusalem gates Academy and we will do some final shopping and then feast on Fufu & Goat soup.
I'm told that the next purification is already planned in both of the villages, Adigbo Tornu and Potwabin, with Pastor Johnson supervising. This is GREAT news and puts our hearts and minds at ease.
I can tell you I feel I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I am doing what I was created to do. I've never been happier, never more fulfilled and blessed, pressed down, shaken, stirred and over flowing.
It's been an honor to serve with my team mates, Becky, Davi, and my wife Anita. I've made them laugh and cry and been the source of much entertainment while hoping I wasn't pushing too hard.
Job well done, good and faithful servants.
we could not accomplish any of this mission with out all of you who contributed through prayer, contribution, encouragement, emails and sharing our plight with others.
As I was told last year, "don't be sad it's over, rejoice that it happened!"
We'll be back, bigger and better than ever!
David Lee Waters Sr.,
Sunday, July 19, 2009
bring water for the thirsty; you who live in Tema, bring food for the fugitives.
The next notable was that this year, we were surprised and presented with wood carved statues that represent things about us and our mission. It was touching and we were honored by the gesture.
Then it was our turn and we took all the folks here who contributed to our mission, to lunch at a local Chinese restaurant. Another good time had by all. They're our family in Ghana and we so very much appreciate them.
Last year Rev James preached that you could not seek GOD and not find GOD. And I came back to the USA with the knowledge that you could not go to Ghana and not be changed forever!
Evidence of some transformations -
And they embraced like the sisters they are.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Every day here seems like atleast two. Because we usually do something in the morning and then something in the evening and sometimes, like this week, we then continue on down the road to the thrid place and get good a wore out before we call it a day.
Hey, when it's for the kingdom, anything less than total exhaustion is nearly inexcusable. Travelling 6000 miles to get here and lazing around don't cut it. We're burdened and burn out is not in our vocabulary. We can adjust when we get back.
I'll only blog about a few places we went, and blog some more tomorrow, which by the way we get to visit Grace again tomorrow!
So we set out on the journey to the Volta region, over the Akosambo bridge to the city of Ho, and met a Reverend "ThyWill" there. He had a very nice home and a huge church right next door. We then went to LaboLabo and met the teachers and children and preacher there. We danced with praised the Lord and danced with the ladies and the kids. It was an informal meet & greet but we broke the ice and Rev James is planting seeds for the kingdom here.
We went back to Ho and got a hotel room. A rare find unless you're in a big city in this country. It was nice with A/C, hot shower and comfy bed. Included breakfast too!
We headed out then that evening to Kpeve, Pastor Johnson's church, and I was asked to go to a local radio station for a 1/2 hour program. When I sat down in the studio, the DJ began asking me about the "Program" tomorrow, which I took to mean our water purification installation in Adigbo Tornu.
I soon figured out that the "Program" was a planned revival, in which Anita and I were two of the Featured speakers.
I'm told this is not uncommon in Ghana to be the featured guest without knowing it.
Poor folks, started at 9am and went at it until 3pm, then waited until 4:30pm for me to show up, which I never did. Why? Because we did not have phone reception and no one with me knew we were the featured speakers. Simply amazing. It was fun being on the radio, but missing the 6 newspapers that were there to interview us the next day, that stings a little bit.