Welcome to Africa!

Disclaimer: The following post is not about the happy-go-lucky missionary life. Some things are hard. If you are troubled by this, please pray for us!

Last week was a whirlwind, in more ways than one! We conducted interviews with several candidates for housekeeper and for Twi language consultant/teacher. After a lot of work with the interviews and writing contracts, we have engaged a housegirl and also a Twi teacher.

But the major drama of last week was electrical in nature. Wednesday morning, the power went off. This is no major catastrophe here; it happens, and you manage.

However, the issue came that the voltage monitor on the house (which prevents excess voltage from coming and damaging our things) burned up and malfunctioned. Several visits from the electrician did not solve the problem, and we lived by running our generator twice a day from Wednesday morning til Friday night. Continue reading

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The First Month

Akwaaba! Welcome to a peek into our first month of life in Ghana. So much has happened, that it is challenging to reduce it all into words, let alone digest it into a blog post that isn’t ten pages long. But here we are, and thanks for being on this journey with us.

We have discovered that many, many foods taste different here, and often better than in the USA. Fruits and veggies here have much more flavor. Here are some photos of foods we have experienced so far:

The plant life here is rich and varied, and there is always something new to see. Here are some of the beautiful and interesting plants we have seen around town:

Just as rich and varied as the plant life is the animal life. We have not ventured much out of the city, so we have not yet seen any large creatures, but here are some lizards and creepy-crawlies that we have seen here and there:

Personal updates:

  • We are bit by bit finding our routines with school and home life. Rhys and Eva are working hard to get in the rhythm of things, but are doing well so far. Joshua is doing amazingly well at beginning to potty train!
  • We have made several excursions out and about in our area to find out what food is available within walking distance. So far, we have found produce, wonderful bakery-fresh bread, and eggs.
  • Probably sometime next week we will begin the process of finding a vehicle for our family. The prospect of driving here, and of driving a manual transmission vehicle, is intimidating, but the prospect of either being isolated here or having to pay for taxis to get everywhere is less desirable.
  • Please pray that we will soon be able to engage a language helper to help us learn Twi, and also possibly a part-time housekeeper. With these helpers, we can start to work on developing the skills we will need to live and work in the local culture and community.