Five Things We Had to Come to Ghana to Get

Tonight will mark two weeks of us having arrived in Ghana. These past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, introductions, shopping, unpacking, and trying to get settled. We’re still not there yet, but we’re making progress.

A lot of things could be said about these past weeks, but for now I am writing about some things that have struck us as amusing. Hopefully this doesn’t sound too trivial, but it is fun for us to reflect like this.

Five things we had to come to ghana to get
  1. Stainless steel appliances. In our house in Iowa, we had white appliances, and we used to look at stainless steel in stores, and think about designing a kitchen, but it was just a pie-in-the-sky idea. Here, we have a stainless fridge and stove.
  2. A five-burner stove, with sealed burners. Not only is our stove (called a cooker here) nice and pretty stainless steel, it has five burners. And, even better, it has sealed burners! No more crud falling down into the nether regions under the surface!
  3. Matching furniture. Until we accepted this position, the furniture we have had was a hodge-podge of college acquisitions, rummage-sale specials, and hand-me-downs. In the downsizing process we divested most of those things. But now, our house here in Ghana is furnished with matching furniture – a living room, a dining room, and bedroom sets!
  4. Nice mobile phones. In the US, we have had mid-to-low-market cell phones. Well, here nobody has fixed-line telephone service, and many people use their mobiles as their primary internet device. As part of our compensation package, the LCMS provides us with an allowance for phones. So, following the advice of others who have been here and done their homework, we have much nicer phones than we could have rightly afforded in the US, and for cheaper.
  5. A wicker laundry hamper! This may sound silly to anyone else, but it’s a big deal to us! Since before we got married, Emily has been wanting a wicker laundry hamper, and for whatever reason, we have never had one. Well, on our first shopping trip in Accra, we stumbled upon a nice-looking set for a good price. So now, after long wait and 6,000mi/9,600km move, she finally has her hamper!

Of course, there are plenty of things we don’t have here that we did have in the US, but that is another post for another day. We are still working on getting the house set up and in photo-worthy order, so keep watching for pictures of our new house. Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement to get us to this point!