Today marks the end of week two for us here in Ghana. I can hardly believe how fast the time has flown. The people in the village are so welcoming, the kids are so joyful, and the team surrounding me has been such a blessing. While this week had its challenges, God used His people here in Ghana to show me what it means to be passionate.
Our week started off on Sunday at a local Methodist church in Adjen-Kotoku. That morning we walked alongside of the kids down the road, across old train tracks, and through a little town market and ended our walk at an unfinished building. The building only had cinderblock walls—no roof, doors, or windows—and inside the walls were tents set up with lawn chairs underneath. This unfinished building was their church. The kids and the Mama's from the Rafiki Village as well as locals gathered under the tents for four hours while they sang, danced, prayed and heard the word of God.
As I sat in the service, all I could think of was how committed the Ghanaians were to be sitting in ninety degree heat, under a tent in an unfinished building, for four hours while they gave their hearts to Jesus. No matter the circumstances that they are under, they are so passionate and intentional about their love for God and it was so evident during the beautiful church service.
Passion was also evident this week throughout the Rafiki Village as we joined in on Cottage devotionals this week. Each night, we went to cottages individually to read scripture and sing with the kids and their Mamas. Each cottage that I went to, the Mama led the children with Hymns, scripture readings, and her explanation of the Bible passage. Each child shared what they learned from the passage, and they even asked me what I learned from it. The Mama's shared the word of God so passionately with the children, and I am hoping to be just as passionate when I lead devotions with the kids on Tuesday.
God has given each of us such an amazing opportunity to connect with these kids and share God's word through the medium of sports. I am praying this week that God will put the right words on my heart so that I may be just as passionate as the Ghanaians when sharing my devotionals with the kids. I know that God will fulfill this prayer because of the following verse from Exodus 4:12, "Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say". God brought me all the way to Africa for a reason, and He will help me as I share His word.
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