Today, the Appomattox Baptist Association team concluded its work in the Yendi area of Ghana. They spent the morning visiting the North East Christian Academy, which is associated with the ministry of Rev. Emmanuel Mustapha. In the afternoon, the team completed distributing nets in the village they visited on Saturday, Kanimo. As the team concludes its work, many of them are spending time in reflection as they pack. One team member, Heather Swanberg of Providence Baptist Church in Red House, had this to say:
Is this the place I’m supposed to be in? Is this really where God is sending me? Those are two of the questions I had when I first heard people talking about going to Africa to spread God’s Word. When I first heard about this trip to Ghana, I thought it would be great, but I wasn’t sure that I could leave my family behind. I prayed and prayed asking for answers to the question, “Should I go?” As I sat in church one Sunday and the music started I just felt this peace come over me. As we started singing, the tears rand down my face: I knew I was supposed to go on this trip.
I sit here now and know that this was the best decision of my life. I have grown closer to God and have had my eyes opened to new experiences. I have seen people accept Christ, I have seen new churches started, and I have seen groups of people get baptized. There are things that are almost impossible to understand if you aren’t there. I’ve taken lots of pictures, as we all have, but I believe what I have said several times: pictures don’t do this justice, because you have to see it for yourself. I am so glad I did. I am thankful that I followed God’s calling, and trust that this experience will help both me and my family grow closer to God.
For me, the answer to the question, “Is this the place I am supposed to be?” is “Yes! This is exactly where I’m meant to be.” The Bible says, “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:17-18) I am so thankful and blessed to be here spreading the Word of God to so many that need it.