Ghana Travels

Trip Start Apr 03, 2017
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Trip End Apr 23, 2017


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

On Sunday I said goodbye to my good Lagos friends, the Akinbo family, and boarded a plane for Ghana. The flight was incredibly quick.  I departed Nigeria at 12:05 PM and arrived in Accra, Ghana at 11:55 AM.  Amazing!  Actually, there is a one-hour time zone difference between the two countries.  That explains my back to the future experience.

After a good night's rest at the St Martin’s Hotel, I hit the ground running early Monday morning.  Wanting to beat the morning traffic rush of Ghana’s capitol city, Henry Aikins and I were on the road by 6:30 AM, traveling two hours outside of Accra to the village congregation of Kwanyako.  In all of my trips to Ghana, this is the first time I have been able to visit this congregation of forty-five members directly.  I have met a number of the brethren from Kwanyako before at the Feast of Tabernacles, but I had not been able to make the trip to that specific location where they meet

Henry and I arrived one hour before the Last Day of Unleavened Bread service was to start.  It was nice to just stand in the shade of the plantain trees and cocoanut palms as we greeted the arriving brethren, many of whom walked to services from the surrounding village.

As you can see from the attached picture, the meeting place is an open air pole building.  The light breeze that was blowing through, in addition to the shade, helped keep the temperatures in a tolerable range and according to my liking.

As I took my seat for the start of the service, I was amused by a two-year old boy and his fascination with me.  I doubt he remembers ever seeing a white man before.  He kept coming up and rubbing the hair on my arms.  Then, he was trying to lift up the bottom of my shirt to see if I was white under there too.  Pretty soon he was laying on the floor, lifting up my pant leg, to see if I was indeed white all over.  Eventually, his mother came along and rescued me just in time for the service to start.

Following the service and fellowship, a number of the ladies accompanied Henry and I out to the car and loaded up the trunk with produce to be shared in Accra.  Their hospitality and delight at being visited was remarkable.

On the way back into Accra, we ran into the traffic snarl we had worked to avoid in the morning.  We eventually made it back to the hotel, but only after spending two and a half hours creeping through a one-mile stretch of road.  At least there was time to watch the street vendors make some money!  They’re probably the only people who truly appreciate it when the traffic slows way down.

Today (Tuesday), Henry and I set out for the community of Winneba, which sits one hour outside of Accra.  There is another UCG congregation in that region as well.  The purpose of today’s trip was to conduct a leadership workshop for a number of the men who serve in the three congregations that Benjamin Agyapong pastors.  Winneba is a central location for such a meeting.

Once again, Henry and I arrived one hour early.  We used the time well as we looked over a couple of local facilities that are being considered as possible Feast of Tabernacles sites.

By 10:00 AM we were back to the meeting location for the workshop.  There were 20 men in all who participated.  The main topic of the day focused on developing Christ like servant leadership.  I also took an hour to answer a number of biblical questions that the men posed on a variety of topics.  The meetings lasted for six hours, including a break for lunch, before we said our farewells and departed. 

All in all, the last two days have been productive.

Thanks for following along.

Paul Moody  
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Walt and Arleen on

Your African adventure is so enjoyable to read, along with the inspiring experiences of all and seeing our brethren in photos. We laughed at the sweet 2-year old's curosity! God be with you on your trip home.

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