February 2007: Who are the Least of These? Some of them are pictured here on these pages. They are the ones who have no one. They are the poorest of the poor. Children who would have no chance, but we seek to offer them hope of a bright future! They are the ones Jesus was speaking of when He said, "Truly, I say to you, as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me." Matthew 25:40.
It's an amazing privilege to be able to reach beyond one's neighborhood (and one's comfort zone) and travel to a far distant land where the way of life is in such sharp contrast with the norms of middle America. Ghana, in West Africa, is just 4 degrees above the equator. The temperatures are often above 120F degrees. This is a place of extreme poverty where the average worker makes less in one year than many of us make in a day—just $350 anually. The small mud huts with thatched roofs offer little real shelter from the torrential rains or torrid heat. Bare feet trod the dusty paths that lead from village to village. It is an immediate shock to the Westerner's senses upon arriving to a place with such impoverished conditions.
This land, where the average span of life is just 46 years, is blessed with a rich, lush backdrop of forests, fields, an ocean, lakes and streams. But, there are dark secrets hidden in in this country of amazing natural resources. Atrocities that would shame most sensitive hearts. It involves the thousands of tender children who are abused, abandoned, forgotten, and left to fend for themselves in an unforgiving land. Too many die before the age of ten. These children, the poorest of the world's poor, need and deserve a helping hand. They deserve an opportunity to learn of One who loves them tenderly and who bids the little ones to "come unto me".
Two-hours northwest of Accra, the capital city of Ghana, is a small village named Awutu Anomawobi. The friendly people of this village live in tiny, one-room, mud huts. They have no running water, toilets or kitchens. All cooking is done outdoors over an open fire while chickens scratch looking for scraps. The people of this village, like most Ghanaian villages, are extremely poor. Chief Nai Tetteh Brang, the head man of the village sold 15 acres of land to a small mission organization, Trip With a Mission, where they have built the first Least of These Children's Home in Ghana, and as funds are generated, will build a primary school. In Ghana, 49.9% of adults over 15 years old are totally illiterate. The school will educate the abandoned children who live in the Home as well as the nearby community! A medical outpost is also desparately needed.
On these pages I hope to be able to share with you the rewards and challenges of working with these dear ones as we establish the school, interact with the local folk, and teach the principles of health. Of course, the frequency of the updates depends upon getting to the internet cafe´ in the town of Kasoa—about 20 minutes away via "tro-tro". Please pray for us. The local crops here are fertilized with raw sewage, so good food is scarce. The work days are from sun-up 'til long into the night. And the hands to share the work are few. [PAGE 1] [PAGE 2] [PAGE 3]
From far away Africa,
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- For more information about Trips With a Mission and the Least of These Children's Homes, go to: TripsWithAMission.org
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