June 2012 Update
Benjamin Ward (2008)
So I thought I would try my hand at writing a narrative again, let me know what you think! You should have been here last week! As I awoke to the sound of rain beating on the iron roof over my head, I debated whether or not to make the 20 minute motorcycle drive to my language class. On a “normal” rainy day, maybe
my thoughts would have been swayed in a more positive direction, but today felt simply different. After making all the necessary phone calls which would prevent anyone from waiting in anticipation of my arrival, I hunkered down to work on lessons I will teach youth from across the country at a national youth conference taking place in August. There I sat, thinking, reading, contemplating, when all of a sudden the roof felt like it was going to lift up right off the house! “Lord, please protect us and keep the roof on the house,” was my immediate prayer, when I looked outside and watched the kitchen roof stand up and fold like a piece of paper in the hand of the merciless wind. Although alarm was in effect, it wasn’t until I saw four kids run out the kitchen door (now being blocked by what was previously the roof), that even the hairs on my skin started screaming. In an instant and without consideration I was on my feet, all at once controlled by both fear and adrenaline. Thankfulness was the only relief from such tense
emotion when all the kids were safely back in the house, and I praise the God of heaven for watching over us and for being our Protector and our Provider. After the rain and the wind subsided, we learned about how our Awesome God also preformed similar acts forour neighbors. Their kids ran through the rain to the main house not one minute before an enormous tree came crashing down on their (separate) bedrooms, crushing everything between the roof and the floor. Over the next couple of days we were able to repair our own kitchen roof and took the opportunity to put in some stronger wood rafters. We are blessed to
have been held in such security, but in the same moment know that any other result would not have caught our Savior off guard. I hope you like the TRUE event above! It was really something else to go through that experience, but God is good and saw us through it. To Him be the glory and praise! Something else that happened was one of our friends lost a loved one. Our dear friend’s husband was in the hospital for 30 days, had a few surgeries, and then after it seemed he was getting better, just passed away on Tuesday. I had the opportunity to visit him in the hospital somewhere around day 10, and shared the gospel with him and all the others in the room. Then he was transferred to our (ABWE) mission hospital where someone else shared the gospel with him again and he prayed to receive Christ! We pray it was a genuine decision! Now we are
praying for the rest of the family to find Christ, even in this. Thanks for your prayers!
The rabbit cages are going well! We have finally been able to finish three new cages, holding ten individual cages for mothers and their young, as well as two big cages for the kids who are a little bit older. It was once again disappointing, the rabbit that gave birth for me a few weeks ago lost all her young, and we are wondering if it is just the time of the year, being the cold beginning of rainy season. But an air of excitement still rings out as we have 7 young females in addition to four older moms that Lord willing will all be giving birth in the next 3 months, leaving us with a potential of 50-80 new baby rabbits! Good thing we built those new cages! They will certainly be put to good use. :) Thank you so much for all of your prayers. Please continue to pray for me and all the things that the Lord is doing here in Ghana and Togo. LORD bless.
Born to be a slave of Jesus Christ,
Isaiah 6:8, John 4:35
Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:19
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