Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Nadolski Ghana Trip Report

Thank you so very much for your prayers, especially while I was in Ghana. The focus of the trip was to organize a pump repair program for the people of northern Ghana . At the end of August, there were tremendous rains in the area. Local people say that there were two or three days of intense, non-stop rain and the rains produced tremendous floods. The local people don't remember this level of flooding, even the older people don’t remember such high flooding. The rains and floods destroyed a lot of buildings and damaged/contaminated a lot of the local wells.

I was in Ghana , working with Rev. David Donkor, Living Water International’s local partner. Our goal was to set up a program to repair and decontaminate hand pumps in the area. In addition, Rev. Donkor brought up four lorry loads of food, clothes and medical supplies. We passed out the supplies to the villagers, and these villagers lived a 20 to 30 minute drive outside of town. I didn’t see a local church in the whole area. The local pastors and local Salvation Army organized the food and clothing give away. It was a blessing to see the Salvation Army in action. They were right there, shoulder to shoulder, passing out the food and clothes. In the evening, they showed the Jesus Film to the villagers. Over 85 people came forward and the Salvation Army organized discipleship training for these people, including giving a bible to the adults. After the training, the Salvation Army may start a church with this new group of believers. While in the northern area, I saw a couple of the Rotary tents being used as emergency shelters. It was neat to see Rotary in action.

Living Water International plans to repair 50 or more of these wells and hand pumps. It makes me proud to be able to help these people. At the same time, I am humbled to see what little we do when the people of Ghana have their houses destroyed by the rains and floods.

We also want to thank you for your prayers for Marcia while I was gone. She didn’t sleep much, staying up late and getting up early. But, she stayed busy and she’s healthy. So, that’s good.

I’ve attached a few pictures to give you a flavor of the need in Ghana and what LWI is doing to respond. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you want more information.

God bless you, John (and Marcia)


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