Thusday - Ghana
This will be the hardest update to write. Emotions are on overload and we are trying hard to keep everything in perspective. First, I am thankful for a sovereign God who is in complete control of every second of every day. He knew exactly what would happen today and he knows what will happen tomorrow and I trust in his promises. Our day started, with a trip to one of poorest schools in Accra and it knocked the wind out of me. Honestly, it took all that I had not to bust out crying as we entered. I have seen this type of thing many times, but it just rips your heart out every time. I wish I could put it into words or you could feel the heaviness of my heart. Many of these kids have been rescued from ocean diving, which kills so many innocent children who have been sold or abducted from their parents. In one instance, the abductors found out the police were coming and they slaughtered sixty children. I know this is not easy to read, but we can't hide from the truth.
The word radical is being thrown around a lot these days, but are we really doing things to radically impact the world? These things are happening on our watch - we can't ignore these situations and just hope they go away. Kathy and I are thinking and praying through how to best impact this school. We are strongly considering donating to them monthly. Please let us know if you are also interested. Trust me, every penny would help. We have a local contact who will ensure the funds goes directly to the school. I will post videos of the school when we get home.
Have you ever thought about adopting? We did for almost 10 years, until finally we stepped out in faith and asked God to stop us if we were outside of his desires. I believe if you have been given a desire, it's for a purpose! You just need to take the first step. Men, listen to your wives with an open mind and heart. Trust me, I am 45 and Kathy is 48, but to a child who has nothing and little hope age is meaningless. We would love to answer any questions you may have.
After a brief and sad situation at the orphanage, we took Emmanuel to a pool on the ocean with Percy's permission. The grounds also had a see-saw, swing, ladder and slide. We were there for almost five hours and E'Man wanted nothing to do with the pool because it had "too much water". Until the last 20 minutes and then he started to get braver and braver. Though, he never went all the way in, he had great time splashing and bending over and blowing bubbles. We were also blessed to have "Grandma" Lola Crain with us. We had the opportunity to teach E'Man how to play on a playground. He learned how to climb steps and slide as long as daddy was holding his hands :)). I loved hearing "carry me daddy" as he slid down. He has learned to see-saw with his mommy, he just smiled as his mom when it hit the bottom. We also tried the rocking horse, but he is not a fan. Lastly, he loved the swing, but he had to make sure we used them both "and this one daddy". Though, he wouldn't go with me, I had the opportunity to swim in the ocean for a few minutes. Crazy feeling standing in ocean and looking back at the shore and seeing lots of shacks. No high rise here. Yeah, it was a lot to take in. Tomorrow, we will say good-bye to our little man for now. We leave him in God's hands, which brings lots of peace. We will also board a plane to see our two precious daughters. God has abundantly blessed us with them. I can't wait to hold them and hear their fantastic laughs.
This trip has been awesome and we can't wait to come back and complete our family. Thank you for reading along in our journey. We will continue to keep you updated. Birmingham friends, coming home is always ten times harder then going so be patient with us. We just can't say enough about Percy and Hopscotch Adoption Agency, including all those who watched over us. Father, we are so grateful, for all that you continue to do for us. You have blessed us beyond measure and brought so much joy into our lives. Help us to see your path for us and not be complacent on our watch. Father, find us faithful! Prayer warriors, we have felt you! We both of have extremely well health wise amongst other things.