Happy New Year to you all! You are welcome 2017!
Last night as I reflected back on 2016 I was filled with gratitude for all the good in my life and the wealth of experiences we have had this past year in Ghana. Our mission has exposed us to things we had never imagined. It has helped us see with new eyes, and has caused personal growth and greater insight into Heavenly Father's plan for his children as we work with these beautiful African people.
Around this time of year in Kamas we can wake up to a blanket of snow on the ground. Well, on Tuesday morning we woke up to the arrival of the Harmattan season. This is the dry, dusty wind which blows off the Sahara Desert and covers the whole of West Africa this time of year. Much like the inversion in the Salt Lake valley, we won't see the sun again until February. The one advantage is that the temperatures cool to 80 degrees, and the morning breeze feels wonderful!
Two highlights stand out from this week. First, we invited the Adjei family over for lunch and a swim in the pool. Samuel Adjei is one of the security guards at our apartment complex. He has impressed us with his goodness and integrity. In November we took him to the Self Reliance Week of Celebration and ever since then the friendship has grown. His wife, Sarpomaa is a seamstress, their two boys Samuel (11) and David (7) are fun kids. The boys had never been swimming before but jumped in and with the help of noodles, paddled around totally fearless, so we had to watch them pretty closely. We played "Don't Eat Pete" and the M&M game before they went home.
The second highlight was meeting with Patrick MacAidoo, our friend from Cape Coast. He bought his family with him to Accra and little Ivan (18 months) is adorable! Patrick impressed us from the first time we met him almost a year ago when he counseled returned missionaries about the adjustment after serving a mission. Since then he has introduced us to the work he does with street children in Cape Coast, and the schools he has built through his humanitarian organization (PROaid Africa Projects). We are looking forward to visiting one of the schools in a few weeks. Patrick is another example of the goodness in Ghana that we love.
Finally, we were blessed with a good internet connection yesterday and were able to join the family New Year's Eve party in Grantsville, Utah. All five of our girls, their husbands and eleven grandkids reminded us that Lambert parties include morning runs, gymnastics, dancing, toy snatching, cousin hugs, whisker tickles, gingerbread house making, foot massages, and so much more! Thank you for this special treat. We love you all.
Looking forward to 2017,
Elder and Sister Lambert