Flooding in Northern Ghana Causes Humanitarian Disaster

A Flooded Village in Northern GhanaBBC News reports:

The severe flooding in several West African countries has seen Ghana hit hardest.

In the north of the country at least 20 people have died and an estimated 400,000 have been affected. Many of them are now homeless. It is feared that outbreaks of diseases such as cholera are likely due to the contamination of the water supply.

The north of the country is relatively poor and most rural homes are built from mud and thatch. The floods have washed away many such homes and they have also destroyed crops and people have lost livestock.

The whole country’s food supply will be affected.

Please pray for the people of Ghana who have been affected by this tragedy. Also lift up the doctors and medical staff at the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana as they may be dealing with the repercussions of this disaster.

More details via the BBC at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6996584.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6997141.stm

I heard back from one of the doctors in Nalerigu and he had this to say:

“We have not been directly affected by the flooding. We have had a lot of rain and many people in Nalerigu have had damage to their houses and the roads are really bad, but we have not had the disease and devastation that they have had a little further north. And we have not seen any cases of cholera at the hospital.”

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Prayer Requests for Us

  • Pray for our safety as we travel and that Trey will be able to handle the long journey
  • Pray for our health throughout the entire three months, especially for Trey
  • Pray that God will teach and lead us and strengthen us as a family
  • Pray that I will be able to complete all of the application process for residency before we go and that I will be prepared to interview at residency programs once I return

Photos of the Canopy Walk

One of the more popular tourist destinations in Ghana is the canopy walk found in the Kakum National Forest. It takes about 3 hours to get to Kakum, and unfortunately the canopy walk only takes about 30 minutes and is the only attraction at the park. No camping, no hiking, nothing. They do have some guided nature walks but they are quite short and more suited for elementary kids.

Here are some images from my visit there in 2005 (click image to open gallery).

Canopy Walk in the Kakum National Forest

Prayer Requests for Our Ministry

  • Pray that God will glorify himself through our ministry to the patients in the hospital and to the people of Ghana
  • Pray that we will be a blessing as we minister to and help the doctors and their families
  • Pray for opportunities to share our faith
  • Pray that God will prepare the hearts of the people we encounter
  • Pray that we will have boldness as we witness
  • Pray that we will have cultural sensitivity and understanding
  • Pray that we will be flexible and humble
  • Pray that we will have good relationships with the doctors and their families