Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ghana, Part 1

Not that I have a huge blog audience, but I imagine several of the "regular" readers are ready to hear about my trip to Ghana. I really need to linger a bit before writing because the trip has given me more questions than answers regarding the human trafficking of children. I guess the most honest thing I can do is share a few of the questions I am wrestling with. This is the first time I have put them in written form, so give me a pass if they don't make much sense.

  1. How do I reconcile my life with what I saw in rural Ghana?
  2. Why is "stuff" so important to me? Why do I constantly want more and more, bigger and better, the latest and greatest? Why do I think it will satisfy?
  3. How can I live with the joy and utter dependance on God that I see in some of the Ghanaian people? Is our wealth limiting our relationship with God in profound ways? Is He robbed of the chance to be God because we are too busy doing His job for Him?
  4. Am I willing to be stripped down as much as necessary to be completely dependent on God? Is it even possible given the wealth of the country we live in?
  5. Will I simply return to my life as I have known it in a few weeks or months?
  6. What is next? What do I do NOW to make a difference in the lives of these kids being trafficked?
It has been hard to be back! It has been like a smack in the face for me. However, I am beginning to realize that it is not a bad thing to live in a place with so many resources. It can actually be a very good thing if we use our resources to be people who seek justice and are lovers of mercy.

I have a good friend that was a missionary to Haiti for 8 years. I remember him telling me that when he moved back to The States he had a hard time adjusting. He would walk into Wal-Mart and just walk out because he was so overwhelmed by the choices. I never understood it. I do now. I think I would need some serious counseling/de-briefing if I spent 8 years in Ghana. I was only gone 8 days and it has rocked my world.

I will blog about the trip in detail in the future, perhaps share some from the 30 pages I wrote in my journal while there. I need some distance and perspective to make sure that I am not too harsh or judgmental in what I write. I promise to be a voice for these kids who have no voice.


Gretchen said...

Good stuff, friend. Keep the questions coming and keep speaking out for the kiddoes.

HeatherLow said...

um....is this blog still working?? Where are other posts? Inquiring minds want to know.

Anonymous said...

I comment on another blog and sometimes hit the "next blog" tab and then I sometimes comment on what turns up.

I could write more than the box will allow so I'll make it short.

I live in Ohio, I am above average intelligence (that's probably just my opinion) I have no flaws that prohibit me from attaining the good things of an American life and yet after 10 years of trial I am still on a bicycle, living in a friends basement, total worth of less than a $1,000. and and still in God's perfect will, moving forward into the destiny that awaits. And still getting stronger in the process.

I call the last 10 years the "heaven and hell tour" of my soul. I am simultaneously being purged of what hinders and being infused with what enables. For me, it couldn't come any other way. For others, you don't have to lose your transportation and your income to be a vessel of gold unto honour.

Point is ... I wanted the best that God and life have to offer. I will have many "things" but when the time is right. I want to see freedom come to people and children of Ghana and other countries where abuse and poverty are rampant. I first, had to be prepared, and that in military fashion. Times have been very tough but they also have been very glorious.

That is not even the condensed version. That is a blurb but I hope that it inspires. One of my favorite phrases that I came up with is so simple and for me it says it all ... "I want what is best for this relationship". I don't put any attachments on that statement. I don't care what I have to go through or where it leads. I want the purest, deepest, most intense relationship allowable by divine law.

God bless,