Friday, October 13, 2006

Noah's Ark

There are so many things to learn in the world! And we are learning them all the time. This weekend we paid $40 to learn a lesson about communications and the ideas that we all have in our heads and how different they can be. One of the missionaries here has a beautiful wooden Noah's Ark, about a foot square with little carved animals marching into the ark. So, we commissioned a Ghanaian woodcarver to make us one like the one in Barbra's house. We described it in great detail, showing with our hands and writing down the measurements as well as with the specific animals that we wanted. John and I were going to get one, and another girl on our team were going to get one. A Ghanaian Rafiki helper named Pascal was going to pick them up for us Thursday.
I saw Pascal, and I was so excited to see our Noah's Ark. The bags looked much bigger than we thought they should, and when Pascal uncovered them, we were shocked. It was a big block of wood, weighing at least 30 lbs. There was a sort of boxy ark on the top, with the animals and Noah and his wife looking to be walking around the bottom of it. Noah is about the same height as the giraffe. What a perfect example of the need of communication. I will post pictures of what we wanted and what we got later on. We have all gotten a big laugh out of it.

In other cultural stories, I should mention that a Ghanaian church service is really something special. We went to church in a village called N'Swam that is known for its marvelous bread. The church was said to be in English, though it was largely in Twi, which we cannot decipher. However, we did understand the offering time. Offering time is a big deal, and everyone dances down the aisles to get the the large bucket in the front. Picture a giant Congo line going through every row of the church. When it came time for our row to go, we were ushered into the aisle and began dancing our way to the front. At this point, the already roused congregation became rather uproarious and stood and cheered and waved their hankies in the air at the "Obrunis" (foreigners) that were joining in the fun. People also took video of us in the service, and the local missionary said it was very likely to make the local news and would at least be talked about for weeks.

We are finishing our 2nd week here, and tomorrow we will take the rest of our team to the airport and spend the day in Accra, Ghana's capital. We are sad to see them go and glad to be staying. I really miss Diet Dr. Pepper and the predictability of electricity, but other than that, life here is really nice. God is teaching us a lot about service and about Africa, both things we want to learn a lot about, so that works out well. Thank you for the prayers and the support. We so appreciate your thoughts!


Mark Walker said...

Wow - wouldn't it be great if all OUR Churches were that excited about giving! Great story! Can't wait to see the ark and Goliath (I mean John).

Praying for you guys,

Mark Walker

Anonymous said...

Great story about the offering time. We should be more excited than them since we have so much more. I want to see the 40 lb. Noah's Ark. Miss you and God bless and keep you. Sylvi

Anonymous said...

ok i have to say the termite mound picture is humorous!


Ellen Ruth said...

I LOVE hearing about all the stuff ya'll are learning and about your adventures. I feel like I can't tell you guys enough what an example ya'll are to me. I love you both so, so much!! Keep on glorifying Him in all you do!!

P.S. I talked to Mom the other day and Mike found his wedding ring... in his truck... behind the seat.