By CHRISTIANA NIELSON
Building schools, digging wells, working with orphans and helping to save children from human trafficking are probably not the typical activities for most people living in Columbia.
But these were some of the activities that 13 people from Christian Chapel undertook when they traveled to Ghana from Jan. 26 to Feb. 4.
Below is a Q-and-A with three members of the Ghana team: Daniela Dupree, Willie Jones and Julie Rowden.
Q. Where exactly did you travel in Ghana?
A. Dupree: We traveled from Accra (the capital) to Kumasi to Bolga to Bongo Soe. We spent most of our time in the upper east region, which is the poorest in the country.
Q. I know that some of the things you did in Ghana were build a water well, help fight human trafficking and build a tabernacle. Could you elaborate on these concepts and describe the events that occurred there?
A. Dupree: One of our main missions this trip was to build a tabernacle in Bongo Soe. It was very neat to see the American and the African working side by side in unison. We also funded the digging of a borehole (for a well) in a village called Namoo. The village was so excited they gave us guinea fowl and a goat as a gift.
Jones: The people were there and they work so very hard. All we could do was try to keep up with them. As we gave respect to one another as the project developed, the two teams became one team.
Rowden: We were privileged to be at two water-well dedications and at the site when the latest well funded by Christian Chapel hit water. Talk about an exciting moment. This well is very close to the Burkina Faso border, and the people from that country will be able to cross the border and get the clean water.
Q. What was the biggest impact that this trip had on Ghana?
A. Dupree: I believe the biggest impact that this team had on Ghana was the building of the church and the digging of the well. We were, as a team and as a church, able to fulfill a physical need of water and also fulfill a spiritual need of a place to worship.
Jones: There is a God, and he has not forgotten Ghana.
Rowden: Water — it’s something we take for granted but is a real need in Ghana. We were able to provide another area with clean drinking water.
Q. What was the biggest impact that this trip had on you?
A. Dupree: It has helped change my worldview. It was so impressive to see how people that (we would consider) had nothing give these gifts of such magnitude. It was a great lesson in being more generous with what we have.
Jones: For me, that God’s people are everywhere in the world, and he loves us all the same. As we work together, we will come to love one another.
Rowden: It’s really hard to put into words, but one thing I will always remember is the touch of the Ghanaian people. One of the things we did with some of the ladies was polish their nails. I even had the privilege of having one of them polish my nails. I am still proudly wearing that polish today; I won’t remove it.
Q. Were there any particular or unusual events that stood out to you the most?
A. Jones: I had a special opportunity to have a photograph with the chief of the area, what an honor.
Rowden: The polishing of nails that I mentioned earlier and the dedication of the water wells. The people of Ghana know how to celebrate, and there was always a celebration dance.
To read the full Q-and-A, go to the Neighborhood News blog.