IMG_9834 Stitching the new batch of Ankaase bags!
IMG_9804 Shannon and Sandra
IMG_9785 Melissa and SDA students
IMG_9744 Colin and his video camera
IMG_9711 SDA School morning assembly
IMG_9858 Sponsored student Adu pounding Fufu
IMG_9976 Francisca, Ebenezer, Richard, Pascal (Akwasi), Sarah, and Comfort

Well, last night my modem minutes were eaten by YouTube. Why didn’t I clue in that perhaps watching videos might use data? This important lesson was learned too late. I wasn’t able to blog, which caused me to go to bed with a knot in my stomach. Writing is a release, as well as therapy. So Isaac did that thing they do with a SIM card and bundling and whatever else goes on so that I can connect to the world. And here I am.

Here is a wrap-up of the past two days, and I’ll try my best to keep it within a reasonable word count:

Update on Kadri: After a CT scan this morning, the doctors discovered that his brain is hemorrhaging. This would explain the seizures, the unresponsiveness, and the inability to swallow or speak. His father reports that he was able to get him to speak a little bit today. If the family can gather the funds, a doctor will attempt to drain the blood from his brain tomorrow. Kadri is a hemophiliac, so this could cause some scary complications. Please continue to pray. He is on our mind each day, and his gifts of books and a t-shirt still sits in my suitcase.

Yesterday, Shannon and Melissa observed classes at the SDA school to prepare for teaching classes today. The observing and teaching both went great, and we feel as though we have been able to connect with small groups of students. There was lots of smiles and laughter today as both teachers used some fun, creative methods of teaching. We spent our afternoons both days delivering gifts and backpacks to our sponsored students and apprentices. If you sponsor, please know that these gifts were received with so much joy. We gave the apprentices small silver heart necklaces to remind them that they are loved by us. The students were given books and backpacks, provided by sponsors and ACEF. Again, lots of smiles, hugs, and thank-yous were sent your way.

We are concerned for one family of seven who are living in two small rooms, with only one mattress on the floor and one mosquito net. The youngest child has already had malaria this year, so we are making it a priority to get mosquito nets before we leave and arrange for a mattress to be purchased so that no one has to sleep on the floor.

It seems that everywhere we turn there are needs. We have to choose. We cannot meet them all. Shannon, Melissa and I came back to the House and had a good cry. We needed some time to release all of the emotions from the day.

Tomorrow is the celebration to present the generator and housing, desktop computers, scanners, and printers for the computer lab. It will be a party. It’s a good time for some celebrating, even though our hearts are heavy for Kadri and for our families in such great need. We cry, and then we smile.

I think I have this Internet thing under control now, so I’m signing off with fingers crossed that I’ll be back tomorrow night.

For now, goodnight from a very hot and sticky Mission House in Ankaase, Ghana.

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