Yendi Notes- 30th October 2016

Location: 
Ghana

30th October 2016

Yendi Notes

The Yendi Notes are coming from the courtesy of Rusty Johnson

This morning Perry woke me up well before our alarm was set. He said they
had just gotten word that we would be leaving an hour earlier than
originally planned. We still had ample time for a hardy breakfast of oats
and toast. Each morning that we have had oats the discussion has been on
the proper density of the oats. I personally don’t care and they have been
good every morning we have had them. A few days ago I mentioned to Kandie
that I’m not accustomed to eating three hot cooked meals a day and I was
going to miss that when I got home. She laughed and said Steve wasn’t used
to it either.

After breakfast we loaded the last podium in the green truck. I
volunteered as tribute and rode in the back of the truck and held the
podium. (You Hunger Games fans will get the joke). I actually really
enjoy riding in the back. The views are magnificent and you feel like a
celebrity as you go through each village and the kids run out yelling,
smiling and waving at you.

Today’s plan was to split up so we could do two villages. Once we got to
Divine’s village (Kpamang) we all got out to visit the chief. He was out
in the field doing some work so we left our small gift with one of his
people and then made the small walk back to the church building. Steve,
Perry and Timothy then got in the pickup and headed back to Kulkpanga where
Perry preached and Timothy served as the interpreter. At Divine’s village
I preached and Divine interpreted for me. Jack Reynolds led the
children’s Bible class and did a lesson on Samson and Delilah. I wasn’t in
the class but my understanding his interpreter struggled a lot. Jack’s a
trooper and worked through it.

As soon as we finished we made the 30 minute trip back to the mission
house. It is market day in Yendi so a few ladies were very excited that
they were able to hitch a ride. I rode in the back of the truck with them
and I have no clue what they were saying, but I could tell they were very
happy that they didn’t have to walk to the market.

Today’s lunch was a smorgasbord of leftovers. We had hamburgers,
spaghetti, chicken and noodles, mash potatoes and I’m sure there were other
things. It was all very tasty. As soon as lunch was over we started the
preparations for packing, loading the van and shutting down the mission
house. Kandie has several checklists (imagine that) and we started working
through them. Unfortunately I’m not sure Perry and I were not much help.
We don’t know where things are or where they are supposed to go. Perry
did get the gas drained out of the motor king and the motorcycle. I think
I saw a small tear in Jack’s eye when he realized his motorcycle riding
days in Ghana are now over.

Before supper Perry and I had a Cooking with Kandie session. We really
love the caramel corn she has been making so she gave us a class tonight on
how to make it. I told her I was going to make some during the holiday’s
but not to be surprised when I called her because I did something wrong.
I’m also going to start a YouTube channel “Cooking with Kandie, How to make
a delicious meal with what you have on hand”. We didn’t have the Karo
Syrup we needed for the popcorn so she said, just use honey. Also, she
doesn’t have a candy thermometer but she showed us how to use a little bowl
of water to determine when the caramel was ready.

After dinner we all headed out one last time to Kulkpeni for their evening
service. It was bitter sweet saying goodbye to the friends we have met and
grown to love there. Hopefully we will be given the opportunity to return.

This is probably our last Yendi notes since we are headed back early in the
morning. I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about our hosts Steve
and Kandie. They are so dedicated to this work and are doing an amazing
job. The stress level is high for them while they are here and they can’t
ever really just relax. They are great stewards of the money that their
supporters provide. If you give them a dollar I guarantee they get a
dollar and a half value out of it. You just have to witness it firsthand.

I also have to say something about Jack Reynolds. We have truly enjoyed
getting to know Jack. He has made a tremendous effort to connect with the
locals. He has learned as much of their language as he can and there is
always a big smile on the locals face when he greets them in their own
language. He is also a very good student of the Bible and does a good job
when they ask him to preach, teach a class or lead a prayer. There are not
many 18 year olds that would take three months off right after high school
and spend it in the mission field. The Reynolds family has a lot to be
proud of in Jack.

Jack has also made friends with Zorash and the two are constantly picking
on each other. A few quotes I heard her say “Your mom is rejoicing
because you are away and you are trouble”, “I want you to get married and
bring your wife to Ghana so I can ask her is Jack as stupid as he looks”,
“Your mom’s heart is pounding because she is afraid you are coming back”.
It’s all good nature kidding and I believe Zorash is really going to miss
having Jack around. Also Mary’s little girl Nazia really likes Jack. I’m
guessing she is about 18 months old but she always smiles and says Jack.

Please remember us in your prayers as we start the long journey from Yendi
to Athens via Kumasi, Accra, Amsterdam and Atlanta.

In Christian love,

Steve, Kandie, Jack, Rusty, and Perry