Friday, April 15, 2016

a mission in Africa

Speaking of missions (back HERE), Dave's parents are doing some pretty great things right now.

Adult missions are a little different from the ones teenagers head out on.  Often times the couples that sign up to go have a little say in where they go.  

Dave's parents have been really involved in a self reliance program in Ghana.  I adore how proactive they are and how much they want to continually do good in the world.  They headed to Ghana a couple years ago to help with the self reliance program the church has started up there (more about that HERE).  They lived there for a couple months while we were in China.  And I think they saw a LOT of things they could do to help there.  So they've been working to get back and serve and help in any way they could.

Finally they got their plan in action and got their flight plans to head back to Ghana for six months.  

My friend adopted two kids from Ghana and has spent quite a bit of time there through the whole process.  She pulled me aside one day and told me that my mother-in-law is brave.  I have always known that :)  But she said she didn't know a lot of grandparents who would be up for that adventure, especially when they know very well what they're getting in to!  Electricity goes in and out, it is very difficult to travel very far because the roads are quite rustic, it is not a "comfy" mission by any means.  
But those two parents of Dave's together are quite a power couple and they were so ready and excited to go.  Dave's Dad has been working hard to orchestrate this adventure and we are so excited for them. They love the people there so much and love the program they are helping with.  I'm sure the people they work with absolutely adore them too.

We all got together the night before they left to give our last hugs and goodbyes for a little while.
The cousins sure are excited for any chance they have to be together.


(it was also a birthday so it was a multi-purpose get-together.)

Goodbye for a couple months!
(They will come back half-way through for our nephew's wedding and then head back again until September.)

We sure miss having them around.
But sure love living vicariously through their letters and hearing about all the adventures they are having over there.

8 comments:

  1. Wow! safe travels to them. I took last year off college to volunteer at an orphanage in Ghana (in a teeny tiny village about two hours from Accra) and vividly remember meeting a missionary there! i was in a bus at a station waiting, and a man on the bus spotted an LDS missionary, he immediately ran to get him so we could meet! He thought for sure we knew each other as we were the only "Oburoni" (white) people at the station. Such a funny moment! the poor missionary was a deer in headlights. Ghana is a beautiful country, good luck to your in-laws!

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  2. My grandparents served a mission there and absolutely adore the people (and the fruit haha). They couldn't stop talking about their experience- it was a part of daily conversation for years!! So glad to see it's as infectious for others and the beautiful people of Ghana continue to be built up!

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  3. My grandparents served a mission there and absolutely adore the people (and the fruit haha). They couldn't stop talking about their experience- it was a part of daily conversation for years!! So glad to see it's as infectious for others and the beautiful people of Ghana continue to be built up!

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  4. This is amazing! I remember hearing one time that so many elderly want to kick back and vacation or rest, but helping people is a continuous thing that we should be passionate about until we are unable physically or mentally. I am only 16 years old and love serving others! I'm going to Uganda, Africa in May for the second time for three weeks and I am so excited! 6 months sounds like a dream!

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  5. My parents served THREE missions to Ghana! They served two family history missions to all of west Africa to prepare the people for the temples in Ghana and Nigeria and then their third mission was as temple workers which was amazing watching all those miracles happen they had prepared so hard for. Watch out that country and those beautiful people suck those amazing senior couples in and they want to go back again...and again!

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  6. Parents missions are entirely different from children. When i am a teenager i didn't understand it completely. now i can understand their feelings, because now i am in their situation ;) safe travels to them

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  7. Hi Shawni! I have not been on your blog forever! I'm shocked at how old your kids are. My how time flies. Reason I am writing is this post caught my attention! My nephew is serving in Ghana, Cape Coast mission. I am not sure which mission they are in, but if the happen to be Cape Coast, tell them to say hi to Elder Johnson. He is serving in the mission office right now. My parents are serving in Nauvoo and love it!

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  8. Hi Shawni! I have not been on your blog forever! I'm shocked at how old your kids are. My how time flies. Reason I am writing is this post caught my attention! My nephew is serving in Ghana, Cape Coast mission. I am not sure which mission they are in, but if the happen to be Cape Coast, tell them to say hi to Elder Johnson. He is serving in the mission office right now. My parents are serving in Nauvoo and love it!

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