Climbing the Rock of Gibraltar

After his project in Spain was finished, William and a colleague drove a couple hours down the coast to the famous Rock of Gibraltar. They rented a yacht (via AirBNB!) and spent two nights in the bay. During the day they climbed the mountain and explored the old city. Here is a gallery of photos from the trip:

Gibraltar June 2017

William on Spain’s Costa del Sol

William was in Spain for a project related to work and took some time before and after to explore the cities of Málaga and Marbella as well as the village of Ojén.

Spain June 2017

Nalerigu’s East Bridge Collapses

The 30 year-old “temporary” bailey bridge out of Nalerigu has collapsed.

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Rainy season is in full swing and that means the insect population is booming. It also means that thousands of large bats have returned to our hospital campus to feed.

Why so many bats in one place? Deforestation is a huge issue in northern Ghana and the Baptist Medical Centre has not allowed its trees to be cut unless absolutely necessary. Also, in the past, the hospital’s American missionaries enjoyed planting trees on the campus. The result is a little forest “oasis” in our region. So now, every rainy season thousands of bats come to our large trees to rest during the day before they head out in the evening to devour tons (literally) of insects.

Another contributing factor is that over the last five years the consumption of bat meat has plummeted due to ebola fears. I can remember seeing groups of boys shooting the bats with slingshots when we first came to BMC in 2007. Since then I’ve only seen some kids eating bat once in the last couple years and they were out in the bush and oblivious of what ebola was.

So as for our growing bat population? I’m a fan. The more mosquitoes they eat, the less I get bit!

A Visit to Togo

This past week we drove all the way down to the coast of Benin by passing through Togo. We fell in love with the beauty of Togo’s northern region. The mountains are beautiful and the government has been serious about reforestation efforts (something greatly lacking in Ghana).

In Togo, we swung by to visit Everette, an old friend of William’s from high school. Everette went to the same boarding school as William in Ivory Coast and they hadn’t seen each other in nearly 20 years! Everette and his family are now serving as Bible translators.

Another cool experience was stopping exactly on the Prime Meridian as we crossed it on our way home in Ghana.

Family Hike to Rocks

On a recent family hike to some big rock outcroppings near us I took the opportunity to get some nice photos of the kids (and Heidi!).