In the days leading up to and following Jake’s previous trip to Ghana in January, we felt that God had re-connected us with Kofi, our case worker who had handled the in-country tasks of Justice’s adoption. On that January trip Jake and the team got to spend a day with Kofi in an area called Kwahu, viewing an orphanage project that he had started but didn’t have the funds yet to finish (you can read that post here). Kofi had an inspiring vision for the project which also included future hopes to build a Christian boarding school next to the orphanage, as well as an apartment complex that would help generate income to support the orphanage.
For the time being, Kofi had been taking in orphans to his own private residence in Mpraeso (a township of Kwahu), which he had transitioned into a foster home. But this place is not ideal – at all. When Jake visited the foster home in January he was so perplexed about the conditions that he felt a sense of responsibility to do something.
Meanwhile, Jake and I had been following God’s leading to consider constructing our own foster home in Asikuma. But last fall the Lord ended up closing the door on our plans for the time being. So our hearts had already been stirred to do something along these lines – then, seeing the conditions of the Kwahu foster home, and catching Kofi’s vision for what could be sent Jake into action. By the beginning of February Jake had met with the global missions director at our church and put in a proposal for a donation that would bring the new orphanage to its completion. Our church approved our proposal and by the end of February the donation was in Kofi’s hands. He was bound and determined to have the construction finished in time to hold the inauguration ceremony during our March trip. And he got really close. Everything was finished except for the electricity hook up, and once that is completed the kids will get to move from the foster home to the beautiful new orphanage.
Here are pictures of the current foster home, where all the orphans in Kofi’s care are residing [including our two girls] until they can move to the new orphanage.
Everyone in the house shares this shower:
And this toilet:
Outdoor space leading to gate. The road is right outside the gate.
Playing alongside the road right outside the gate:
Walking up the road to the orphanage – the tan wall with blue roof is the security wall that lines the entrance:
The exterior as it sat in January, before our church's donation:
The finished exterior:
The living room [the blue door frames on the right lead to each of the bedrooms]:
A peek into one of the bathrooms:
The day of the inauguration came and we all got to celebrate and bless the new orphanage.
Ribbon cutting by Chief:
Pastors from the community’s Methodist churches prayed a blessing over the entrance to the orphanage.
Cornerstone Church of Ames!
My heart is also dancing in this project knowing that this orphanage is a place that we will stay forever connected with, be able to supply donations for, send volunteers to, visit on our missions trips, and have confidence in knowing that it is a loving, safe place for orphans to be cared for - because we will get to check-in often!!!!!!! I will keep you updated as the last few details of the place get finished up, and of course will do some major rejoicing here on the blog once the children get to move in!
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. ~Helen Keller~