For our Anglican Communion Story from Ghana, to which you can link from this page, my colleagues William Jarrett and Michael McGuinnes and I got very familiar with the inside of a pick-up truck. We rode the entire north-south expanse of Ghana — and back! That's about a thousand miles.
We saw the selfless work of the people of the Anglican Church in fighting the spread of deadly malaria, or caring for infants whose mothers died in childbirth, or providing eye care in a remote community.
Our trip also gave us the chance to see how the people of Ghana have embraced the Christianity that was imported with colonialism, and given it a local context. One man we met said that Africans see the neighbor as brother or sister. So doing the work of the Gospel comes naturally.
And we got the chance to live, for a few days, amidst the history and culture of West Africa.
Kumasi is Ghana’s second city and the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom, dating back to 1680. Many generations ago, the Ashanti king became an Anglican. So the current sovereign still has his special pew at St. Cyprian Cathedral, where he recently went to celebrate his sixtieth birthday.
Amidst the subsistence agriculture of the heavily-Muslim north, we ate (frequently) guinea fowl and tuo zaafi, made from millet, and pronounced “Tee Zed.”
Yet, when we dined with the Bishop of Kumasi, his choice was Chinese, additional proof that there’s no place on earth outside the reach of a Chinese restaurant.
Please check out our video segment. Editor Anthony Indelicato has woven together a rich blend of material that gives us a taste of life in Ghana. And watch for the people we met. You’ll recognize them. They’re the ordinary folks, performing heroic deeds, on a daily basis!