by Fred Asare, Director, Village of Hope
TEMA, GHANA (BNc)- On January 12, the Village of Hope campus was specially opened to the general public (mostly churches of Christ) to present the work of the organization and to answer any questions.
On the same day, two buildings were commissioned: Brown House and the entire Tilton Education Building. All activities during the week were towards making the event a success, and everyone at the Village of Hope was involved.
Visitors toured the homes to get an idea of the daily activities that happened in the lives of the children. The clinic offered free medical check-ups to our guests. Students of the Vocational Training Centre exhibited some of their work. And some farm products and equipment were displayed. Students of Hope Christian Academy put up an impressive performance of dance and poetry and displayed the newly made sports jerseys.
During a one-hour question-and-answer session, the elders of Vertical Centre Church of Christ (who are overseers of the Village of Hope project) and members of the Board of Directors answered visitors’ questions and listened to a variety of suggestions and comments.
Josiah Tilton and his son Joey, and Maebell Brown, her children, and two relations, were present to cut the tapes for the buildings that were being named after them. After the two buildings were commissioned, the ground was broken to mark the beginning of construction of our eighth home (Marita Barnett House).
Altogether the event was blessed with the attendance of over 1300 people including groups and individuals from over 30 different churches of Christ, parents and students of Hope Christian Academy, the press, staff and children of the Village of Hope, and the general public.
We were especially pleased with the presence of the chief of Fetteh who arrived with a large entourage, colorfully dressed in their traditional regalia. Many of our visitors brought donations of money, food and clothing. We thank God for these gifts and ask that He replenishes their stocks.
All our visitors received copies of a new brochure which provides a summary of the history and work of the Village of Hope. Overall, it was a memorably successful day! May the Lord be forever praised. Amen!
Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us