Saturday, April 30, 2016


The baptismal font in Tamale.  It sits in the courtyard of one of the chapels.
This is the Couple Missionary's home in Tamale with a connecting building which serves as a chapel and an apartment for four of the Sister Missionaries.  This is where the Renfroes, who just arrived last week will be serving.  It's 6 hours north of Kumasi where Elder Halladay and I are serving.  We are so excited to have two new couples join us here in the Ghana Kumasi Mission!
Woman driver.
Dish tv anyone?
The family car.
Mama and child.
A baby on mom's back is a common sight.
Waiting for the light to change.
Many motorcycles which makes for exciting driving experiences!
The little orange three wheeled cart and the green one behind it are taxis.  
Loading or unloading the truck...many times you'll see someone riding on the top as the truck travels.  
Grain or rice.  People take advantage of transportation any time they can.

Ever seen a cashew tree with its fruit before?  It was new to me!  Apparently, harvesting and processing cashews is a tedious process, hence the high cost of cashews.
This is the soccer stadium in Tamale.  These people LOVE their soccer matches!

One of the roundabouts in Tamale.  See the soccer statue in the center?
Safe Journey!

Techiman Missionaries

We received two new couples last week in the Kumasi Mission.  We were fortunate to get to go with them as they traveled to their new areas of assignment.
This is Elder and Sister Wood on the left with the Techiman missionaries.  What a great group!
This is the missionary couples home in Techiman.  It's very large and very nice.  
Buildings along the way.
A small community.  Adobe walls and thatched roofs.
One of many mosques we saw on the way to Tehiman.
Women organizing their items for transporting.  I just love the bright happy clothing!
Its mango season. We saw many, many mangos!
Bicycles.  The farther north you go, the more bicycles and motorcycles you see.
The name of the town here is Dawadawa 2. Just before we came to this town we passed Dawadawa.... No kidding.  Elder Halladay remarked that they must've gotten tired of coming up with new city names.

A barbar (sp?) tree.  The base is huge!
This is the white leg of the Volta River which is farthest north.  See the people down next to the water?  They are bathing, washing clothes and fishing.
Bags of charcoal, which is used for cooking.

Notice the bundles of grass?  This is used to re-thatch the roofs of the houses.
So much to see and experience here!  I am so thankful to be serving here in Ghana.  :)

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kejetia Market

This is one small area of Kejetia Market in Adum.  Kejetia is the a largest outdoor market in Ghana. It boasts of 20,000 individual vendors. My guess is it could be even larger than that. Each city has their individual "market day". Kejetia's market day I hear is on Monday. These photos were taken on a Tuesday when it's not supposed to be as busy. There is such a vast variety of items to be found here that one could spend days just browsing. This is part of the section where they have vendors with household goods, clothing and fabric. ;)   Other areas sell food, herbs, oils, metals, etc.  If you have a minute, Google Kejetia market and take a look at what's there. It's a facinating place to visit!  I love it there. 
The white building is pie shaped so, you're seeing just one street on the left of the building. The right side street is just as busy.
A view from the foot bridge above the market. 
                                                       Many kinds of grain. 

                    Tomatoe vendor in another section of Kejetia.

These people are mining for gold. Many Chinese own the mining operations and the Ghanaians work for them. Gold is one of the largest export items in Ghana along with cacao.

These are drums that craftsmen make and sell at the Cultural center. Aren't they beautiful? 

Friendly school children on their way to a track meet. They we're very excited and happy.  
                  A soccer match at the Stadium. Black Star is one of the favorite teams.

      There are many beautiful flowering plants and trees here now that it's the rainy season. 
    A face only a mother snail could love....those are four eyes your looking at. The center is his mouth. 
      This guy is big!  No trick photography here. He'll be soup by nightfall.  They like snail soup here.   Only the wealthy can afford such a delicacy. This guy cost about 50 GHS, which translates to about 
$12.50 US dollars.  Veronica tells me these creatures are very good for you immune system, the snail slime is used for cosmetics in the US (ladies, check your makeup labels) and the shells are used for medicine. 

We have a Iridium satellite phone in the mission home for emergency situations.  Elder Halladay is supposed to check in each month with church headquarters to make sure it's working well. Remind you of the old phones before cells?

The children of our Agona Branch love President Halladay.  You can see by his face how he feels about them. 😊
                 President H. with Gifty. She's cute enough to wrap up and bring home!