Saturday was spent finishing up KBNF Executive Board November minutes. Our actually quite amazing executive is from across North America and Ghana; from varied walks of life. Let’s see: neurosurgeon, neuro-anatomist, neuroradiologist, medical internist, business managers, neuroscience nurses, energy sector business owner, evangelist — inspirational speaker, human resource department head, biochemical high school teacher, hospital project manager, and university professor. All with BIG HEARTS and devoted to advancing the cause of neuroscience and health care for the people of Ghana, West Africa, and beyond — not with their own agendas, only to help others.
Danny is spending quality time, day after day, working with West Africans, via the Internet and Skype, teaching Heart Power and Dare to Dream: Dare to Do! It is having a transformational effect on these precious citizens. Initially holding academy workshops weekly, many will not accept this and are determined to have daily meetings. So Danny is giving his time freely to build principles and support the people in their dreams.
If anyone in North America would also like to join Danny’s seminars, just go to http://www.jerichoroadinn.org or email Danny. He would love to hear from each one of you. He tells me that few people have identified their life goals. Fewer have written down their life goals. Fewer have specifically addressed their goals in tangible ways. Many have dreams, but few plan how to achieve those dreams. We’re talking less than 1% of the world, folks! We all need Danny’s dynamic teaching.
Sunday morning, Hannah Ayettey and I noticed a large convoy of police in the vicinity of the Anatomy Department. We learned that the former Vice President, Mr. Alhaji Aliu Mahama’s body was being taken home to Tamale. The country grieves at the recent passing of two great statesmen, Mr. Mahama and Prof. Mills. They ask on national TV how Ghana will grow when men that are committed to this country are not around to share their knowledge and principles.
Once again, my Sunday included me teaching Sunday School. The children and I organized the chairs into a circle and sang many songs, both known and a couple taught. I have been teaching them that when Joseph, son of Jacob, and Daniel, Shadrach, Meshah, and Abendego, were challenged by life’s curve balls they were never alone, for the Lord was with them. They stayed focused knowing that God was the scriptwriter and director of their lives, not people. I’m trusting that these children will forever remember that truth in their lives.
Sunday afternoon was spent celebrating a dearly cherished Ghanaian woman’s 70th birthday. She had been responsible for feeding young men at a school for 36 years. Held on the Accra military compound, it was chaired and blessed by Rev. Prof. Seth Ayettey. Many were in attendance and cars were parked like sardines in any nook and cranny that could be found, blocking anyone’s dream of exiting before the last to arrive were the first to depart. Unfortunately, someone decided that the airport runway would be as good a place as any. The MC then informed the guests that the car would have to be moved as a plane could not taxi down the runway! After three announcements, I noticed a plane lifting off, so eventually all was well! The dinner was exceptional and everyone was made to feel so welcome.
On Monday, I met Prof. Cliff Tagoe, past Vice-Chancellor, University of Ghana, at his Deptartment of Anatomy office. Cliff informs me that he is kept very busy internationally, investing quality time in Nigeria and beyond. Cliff has been appointed Chairman of the National Council for Tertiary Education. He recently attended the inaugural celebrations of the appointment of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Fred Binka, to the newest Ghanaian public institution for Health and Allied Sciences, Ho University. Profs. Aaron Lawson, Provost, CHS, and Seth Ayettey, former Provost, also attended. The special guest was the VP of Ghana, HE Kwesi Amissah-Arthur. Jocelyne was a member of the search committee when the VC position was being established.
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