Photos From Our Day in Accra

We stayed at the guest house compound today. I worked on their computers and Heidi & Trey played and napped. The guest house used to be a dorm for missionary kids so there is a large soccer field, basket ball court and playground on the compound. Trey enjoyed the playground and had a blast running around the soccer field.

We’ve also realized it isn’t a big deal that we didn’t pack any toys for him. As you can see in the pictures, he’s perfectly content with a pile of rocks. I can just hear him in 80 years saying to his grandkids “well, when I was a boy in Africa we only had rocks to play with!”

Tomorrow we fly to Tamale in the morning and then drive to Nalerigu in the afternoon. Please pray that the journey isn’t too stressful.

The Guest House Compound in Accra - yes, those airplanes flying over are LOUD Trey enjoys the warm African sun I climbed up the soccer goal post for this Trey tummy shot
Pink flowers in the courtyard Baby Trey hides behind a baby banana tree Banana blur
Playing with rocks next to the guest house security guard Who needs toys! Poster for the new Fox sitcom “Baby Prison Break”

Already at Work

12 hours in Africa and I’m already at work! Hey, that’s what we’re here for!

We are staying today at the missionary guest house – a “motel” of sorts for any mission team passing through the city. The guest house has high-speed internet and a computer available to guests for checking email and surfing the web. This morning I was able to “clean up” the computer and upgrade its memory (RAM). Now the machine runs much faster. A special thanks to Joe Materasso who gave us a bunch of RAM for the trip.

William works on the guest house computer

I’m also working on the business facilitator’s machine today. Upgrading his RAM as well and helping him backup all the important financial documents on his computer.

Arrived in Accra

Whew! We’re in Accra at the missionary guest house and boy are we exhausted. Trey continued to be a champ and was the most well-behaved baby on earth. And NO we did not drug him.

In fact, Trey has been a great asset. Twice we were whisked to the front of long security lines thanks to him. On our Accra flight a man was told to move so that we could have an extra seat for him. Upon our arrival in Accra we were allowed to skip the horrendous West African customs inspection ritual of having a man dig through all of our bags and question us about things all the while expecting a bribe. I think we might have to take Trey along on all of our trips from now on!

We’re off to bed now. We are tired but grateful that God got us and all of our luggage here safely and in a timely manner (often in West Africa you get one of those but not the other). Tomorrow we rest and buy some supplies. Then Saturday morning we fly to Tamale and then drive to Nalerigu that afternoon.

Stay tuned for Trey’s first pictures from Africa – coming soon!

In Amsterdam

Trey is the best baby EVER! It has helped that we have been seated by really nice people who play with him and don’t get annoyed at the occasional kick in the ribs. But still! He has been great! The flight to Detroit he was awake most of the time but very well behaved. On the 7 1/2 hours to Amsterdam he slept quite a bit but patiently read books and waved at the other passengers when awake.

In about an hour we leave for Accra. That flight could be tough – 6 1/2 hours with him wide awake the whole time.

In Detroit waiting to board our plane Trey LOVED this fountain in Detroit and really wanted to climb IN it! Playing with our seat mate on the plane

And we’re off!

I’m sitting with our luggage in the Tampa Airport waiting for our flight in about 30 minutes. Trey is having a blast with Heidi in the playground area.

Our strategy – let him run, run, run, run, run, run… so that he sleep, sleep, sleeps on the plane.

Here we are with Heidi’s parents before leaving:

Saying goodbye to the Jensens before leaving

How to Reach Us While We’re Gone

Many people have asked us “Will you have internet access in Ghana?” The answer (to my great relief) is “Yes!”

The Medical Centre uses a satellite phone to send and receive email. I’m not sure what the charges are at this point but I’ve been assured it is perfectly fine for checking email and can even allow the occasional online shopping spree (though I’d guess any shipping & handling fees to Nalerigu would be outrageous!).

In addition, whenever we are in the capitol city of Accra or when I go to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire we will have high speed internet access. As a “plan B” though, I’ve setup a feature on this blog that lets us to post via email. In fact, this post was sent as an email and the blog automatically retrieves the message and makes the subject line the headline and the message the post body.

So don’t worry – we’ll be updating the site regularly and you can still contact us via email (no large attachments please).