Yesterday was Pastor Appreciation Sunday at Sumnibooma#1, one of the village churches on my preaching circuit. After I preached, the kind folks there presented me with a brand new smock. The church also gave their pastor George a new mattress and his wife received some cloth to make new clothes for the family. I’m always humbled by the generosity of Ghanaians. Showing appreciation is such an important part of their culture and something I’m always reminded to strive for.
We were also excited to see the pastor’s daughter again. A couple months ago, she fell out of a shea nut tree and had a horrible broken arm. Heidi took care of it at the hospital, set it and put it in a cast. Yesterday we got to see her with the cast off and her arm has healed perfectly. Praise the Lord!
As per usual, Heidi also did some impromptu post-church service consultations. She can’t really treat anyone right there on the spot, but often she can save them a trip to the hospital if the problem isn’t serious or convince them to come if it is!
The baby she is examining in the photo below was stung by some insect in his arm over a week ago. The mother was worried about the mark but Heidi assured her it was healing well and she didn’t need to go to the hospital or buy any more medicine.
The vulture lands on the tortoise, pecks and pecks and gives up.
This is the last in of a series of posts about Ghana’s only six remaining historic mud mosques built in the Sudano-Sahelian architectural style.
When I embarked on my project to visit the last of Ghana’s mud mosques, I thought I would be seeing nine according to the Ghana Museum & Monuments Board website. Unfortunately, there are only six still standing and in use: Larabanga, Banda Nkwanta, Nakore, Maluwe, Bole, Wuriyanga.
How Many Mud Mosques did Gold Coast/Ghana Have?
A century ago, every mosque in the north was made of mud simply because that was the primary material used. Look through archival images from the early colonial era and every mosque is some sort of variation on the Sudano-Sahelian* style.
Rudolph Fisch’s images of Mamprugu in 1910 show the Gambaga mosque as a white-washed mud structure in the Sudanic style. Famed American modernist photographer Paul Strand shot a mud mosque in Tanina, Ghana on his 1964 photographic tour of the country that culminated in the incredible book “Ghana: An African Portrait.” Additionally the British National Archives contain images of mud mosques in 19th century Bimtuku (though it’s hard to determine where that village is and it’s possible the images are of Boundoukou, Cȏte d’Ivoire).
Why Have Ghana’s Mud Mosques Disappeared?
There are several factors that have made these mud mosques so rare today. The primary reasons are of function: Read More
This year’s Fire Festival in Nalerigu was a fun one. After the NaYiri kick started the festivities by throwing the throngs of youth got crazy.
I took photos of the torch toss so the video below only shows the NaYiri’s arrival and then the rush of people (and police) after the flames.
NaYiri throwing fire:
Images from the after-party: