Monday, October 01, 2001


Tamalee, Ghana
Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child

Distribution to 16,000 children - Gospel heard by over 60,000

With God

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Our mission seemed impossible! I listened with astonishment as the Samaritan’s Purse Team Coordinator said, “Our goal is to distribute over 12,000 boxes through the Operation Christmas Child program in the northern region of Ghana, West Africa.” With a certain level of unease I asked, “How many people are on the team?” “So far, counting you,” she hesitated, “four from the U.S. and Alan and Patsy Fulton, our two missionaries stationed in Tema, Africa – but… we will have around thirty African nationals there to help us, too.”

"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27

The van swerved around potholes in the red clay dirt of the main thoroughfare. The walking path alongside teemed with a brightly colored array of humanity. Carried on backs, atop heads, in goat drawn carts an assortment of merchandise bought and sold for this civilization’s daily survival.

This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you … say to the captives, 'Come out,' and to those in darkness, 'Be free!' Isaiah 49:8-9

As darkness descended, campfires illuminated the landscape while the faces of the natives faded into obscurity. Ghostly images wandering between mud huts, the chaos of a modern western world far away. In our society filled with material wealth and microwaves, life spins at a dizzying pace, while here it exists as life always has – one day at a time.