Tommy’s Preaching Points

If you are a regular church-going Baptist you probably think a preaching point is a bullet on the pastor’s powerpoint slide. In the remote regions of Northern Ghana a preaching point is a location in a remote village where people gather together to hear God’s Word. Sometimes it is under a tree, sometimes in a courtyard, other times in a school yard.

Last year, we joined Tommy Harrison for a church service in Porungon, one of his three preaching points. This year I went with him to another village about 2 miles from Porungon. Instead of meeting under a tree, they meet under a tin roof used as a school. Read More

Celebration Song & Dance Videos

Several days ago I posted my photos from the singing and dancing at the celebration. Here are 3 video clips of the musical performances.

Mass Choir

Gingana Dance Group

Bimoba Dance Group

Damba Dance (Photos & Videos)

damba-dance-03During the week long celebration of BMC’s 50th anniversary there were several dances that were held. One dance was called “Damba” which refers to the annual festival during with the dance is typically performed. The Damba festival celebrates the arrival of the first Mamprusi king.

The dance goes a bit like this… Drummers call a dancer out by approaching him and drumming at him. Most of the dance moves revolve around the dancer’s footwork and he does a sort of stuttered strut to the rhythm. Gradually, the dancer’s moves pick up speed and he spins around causing his smock to fly out. Sometimes as he spins he leans forward and the smock twirls like a pinwheel, perpendicular to the ground. Read More

Eating Foufou in Tarikpaa

One of the weirdest things for me to see each time I return to West Africa is the abundance of cell phones. Everyone seems to have one and cell towers are popping up in the most remote villages.

This year a friend of mine helped me to unlock my cell phone so that I can use it here. Once in Africa, all I had to do was buy a $3 SIM card and some credits from a kid on the street. It’s great to be able to make short calls to Heidi to check in, but it’s also bizarre to be out in the bush and have my phone start ringing.

Today I had a surprising encounter with technology in a pretty remote village. While we were eating lunch one of the locals pulled out his cellphone and started videoing me. After he showed me the video he Bluetooth’d over to mine (Bluetooth? in a village?!) and then I uploaded it online when I got back to the Ozment’s house.

BMC Video Tours

One of the projects I worked on during our trip was a series of video tours of the hospital’s facilities. The target audience is volunteers coming to the hospital – to give them an idea of what to expect and how things work. Each video has one of the IMB missionary staff giving the audience a walk through of a place while talking about what they do there.

Trey Shares Stickers (and smiles)

On our last day in Nalerigu Trey went up to the hospital with us and handed out stickers to the kids in the wards.

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