Mission Trip to Africa – An Interview with my Husband {Part 2}

Amazing…..it’s just amazing here.  I can’t quit saying the word Amazing! That is what I heard each time I spoke to my husband while he was in Ghana, West Africa. We got to speak a lot more than I thought we would and each time he would be more amazed with what he was experiencing.

Glad to have him home!
Glad to have him home!

{Read the first part of this series HERE.}

My husband was bubbling over with excitement and joy when he returned from the mission trip to Ghana, West Africa. His cup was surely full and running over even. He told us so much….it’s impossible to include everything.  I want to share with you the highlights and what he felt impacted his life the most.

The team that went over to Ghana consisted of 3 men, two pastors (one of which had been there 3 times already. This was the other pastor’s first time to visit there) and my husband (also, his first time to be there).

The trip was 8 days, with a lot of traveling, more than my husband has ever experienced before. It was hot (no a/c for the most part), it was exhausting, stressful at times;  AND HE LOVED IT! 

This was a cool day....
This was a cool day….

I have been unsure how to handle updating everyone about the trip. I want you to hear about my husband’s experience directly from him but he doesn’t have the time to sit down and write an update. The best way I could think of was to do an “interview” with my husband. We have a 30 minute drive to church, 3 times a week, so what better time to conduct the “interview” than on that drive.

I was going to try to list the questions in order of importance but hey, they are all important (so the questions are in no particular order).

*I ended up splitting the interview in two parts. Part three of this series (part two of the interview) will be posted next week*

The Interview

How many people accepted Christ on this trip? (ok, so I will start with this question, it is pretty important)  There were over 100 people, children and adults, who prayed to accept Christ as their Savior. 

What about the people of Ghana? What did you see and observe about them? You know, most everyone I came in contact with was very pleasant, polite, and always willing to help. They are very hard workers as well. I love the people of Ghana. I met people who will always be very special to me.

Was there anything that took you by surprise? Yes, definitely!

I have to say the one thing that surprised me the most was the receptiveness by the people of the Gospel. Having lived in Tennessee, in the “Bible Belt” (if we can call it that anymore) all my life, it’s not unusual to encounter people who have heard the Gospel (or some form of the Gospel) all their lives and who are not sensitive to it anymore.

There is a church on every corner (so to speak), we have Bibles galore, and for the most part, anyone who wants to go to church, can. I have to say that it was refreshing to see people who are hungry for the Gospel.

There are people who will walk for miles just to get to church. Many times, they have more obstacals to overcome than the average American in order to get to church.

For instance, one family I met, a family of 6, rode on a motorcycle (about 2 miles), all in one trip, to get to church. Dad drove, 3 children would sit between Dad and Mom and Mom had a baby strapped to her back.  ~Amazing~

What did you learn about yourself? God brought to my mind my helplessness. I learned that I rely on myself and often times trust in my own strength too much.

When we arrived in Ghana, we had been traveling for 24 hours. We were all tired, hot, stinky and sweaty. We arrived late and had just enough time to eat a real quick supper, then head out to church. Each of us went to separate churches to deliver a message. I had the farthest to travel and let me tell you, driving there is not the same as driving here.

Even though I knew that I did not have the strength to deliver the message I had prepared, I still relied more on myself than relying on God’s strength. In the end, I felt that it was more ME and MY words than what God had for the people. 

I learned that day not to lean on my own strength to do His work but to lean on the Lord and He will give me the strength to perform that which He desires to have accomplished.

Honestly, before this trip, I had only had the opportunity to preach a few times. While on this trip, I was scheduled to preach three times. You could say that I was a little nervous knowing that I would be speaking to people I had never seen before, in a place I had never been before, through an interpreter. God put me in a position in which I totally had no control and was vulnerable.

He was teaching me to trust fully in Him.

What did you take away from this experience?
One of the main things I took away from this experience is that the Gospel is SIMPLE. You know that already, right? I knew that too, but I had built up the presentation of the Gospel so much that I made it complicated.

We split up into teams (one of us with an interpreter) and went out into the communities, soul winning. Just talking to people about the Lord. Honestly, I fumbled around a little and didn’t really know how to get a conversation started. My interpreter gave me profound advice – Just give them the Gospel and tell them what Jesus has done for you.

Ok….So, here I was building up this big presentation in my mind and all it really boils down to is this – Just tell them what Jesus had done for me. So, that’s what I did and it worked out great!

What would you say is the number one thing God did in your life? God did so much and taught me so much, but I would have to say that one of the most important things God did was to encourage me, and I needed it. Over the past year, we have gone through some pretty low spots; a season of discouragement.

God encouraged me with the love of the people. I thought I was going there to be an encouragement and blessing to them when, I’m pretty sure, God had me there for me.

Are you the same upon your return? Absolutely not!

Would you go back? Oh yeah!

What does this mean for you and your family as far as ministry is concerned? God used this experience to confirm what I already thought He was leading me to do. I am looking to serve the Lord in any capacity possible and am convinced that He has been preparing us for what He wants us to do.

Part 3 coming next week…

Did you miss part 1 of this series? Find it HERE.  You can find part 3 of this series HERE.

Have you ever taken a short term mission trip? If so where did you go? Leave us a comment and let us know about your experience! 

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26 thoughts on “Mission Trip to Africa – An Interview with my Husband {Part 2}

  1. Hi Renee.. Your neighbor on THursday Fav THiings… and I am so glad to get to enjpy this marvelous post and your wonderful blog… THanks for your kind words on my post and I must say this post is amazing… I love to read mission stories and how the folks a re changed as they move along in God’s will taking His message to the ends of the earth…. WOw.. Africa…. that must be the greatest adventure as well.. what a blessing your husband was to the peoples there… and yet what a blessing they in turn were to him…one of our dear friends here was just involved in a very dangerous rescue through the help of Samaritan’s Purse to get 2 young local college students out of South Sudan.. We never know what we will encounter when we step out in f aith with the Father, yet he always makes a way of escape when trouble occurs…. and both these young men a re anxious to go back as well… God bless you and thanks for introducing me to your blog!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment! Sometimes we get in a rut with our faith…. I’m so glad we stepped out on faith for this mission trip. You certainly never know what can happen. wow, a rescue!! I only hope my faith is strong enough to want to go back if something like that were to ever happen to me!

  2. How exciting! I can’t wait to read the entire series. Thank you so much for linking at #ThursdayFavoriteThings! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #OverTheMoon on Sunday night. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  3. I’m glad that your husband had such an awesome trip, both ministering to others and being ministered to himself. That’s what amazes me about God—when we think we’re going to help someone else, we end up receiving help ourselves. My niece went to Ghana a few years ago and fell in love with the people there.

  4. Thank you so much for linking at #overthemoon! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #WonderfulWednesday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

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  6. Thank you so much for linking at #WonderfulWednesday! I look forward to seeing what you share every week. Please come back for #ThursdayFavoriteThings or the #RecipeShareParty and get YUMMED. Don’t forget to comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured! Pinned and shared.

  7. Renee, what an exciting trip! My husband went to Belarus with the pastor and several men in our former church 14 years. He loved it! They helped our missionary finish the work on a building they desperately needed before the winter season hit. It’s unbelievable to try and imagine the precious people so hungry for the Gospel until you actually see it first hand. I’m so glad your husband got to go. I have some missionary friends in Argentina whose older daughter and her husband are getting ready for deputation to go to Ghana. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  8. Praise God for his word touching so many hearts and your husband’s willingness to step out of his comfort zone and see God in action! Love hearing stories of how God is working and how hungry people are for the Lord!

  9. We lived as missionaries in Ghana for 20 years. We absolutely love Ghana and Ghanaians. We adopted our two youngest daughters there. What a great thing that I found your post.

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