For the past week, we have been in the country of Ghana. We came to Ghana for a Pioneers Area Conference with other Pioneers missionaries from West Africa. We have had a wonderful time here.
Ghana is a wonderful country. The influence of Christianity is very strong here. On Sunday, we went to a church that had a huge sanctuary. In all their services, they probably have close to five thousand people who attend. Ghanaian Christianity is very vibrant and lively. The influence of Christianity is strong in the community. As you drive down the road, you see that many businesses have Christian names. For example, you might find “The Lord is My Shepherd Hair Salon,” “In Jesus Name Car Parts,” “The Glory of the Lord Shop,” and many more like that. It is quite a refreshing change from our life in Guinea, a country that is nearly completely Muslim.
One day this week, we went on a trip to the city of Cape Coast. There we visited a national park. The park had a pathway built through the canopy of the trees high above the ground. We walked on suspension bridges from treetop to treetop. After that, we toured Cape Coast Castle. It was an important center for the slave trade in Ghana. It was sad to see the cells where slaves were kept as they were waiting to get on boats to North America.
During the conference, we met many other Pioneers missionaries. We had teaching sessions dealing with various missions topics. We learned a great deal. We will be staying in Ghana a few more days and hope to see more of the capital, Accra.