Friday, October 17, 2014

BMC Celebration

   Three days ago, we had a neat cultural experience, a durbar. Baptist Medical Centre was having a celebration to publicly announce the IMB turning the hospital over to the Ghanaian Baptist Convention. It was supposed to start at 10am, which in African time means 12-12:30ish. As the celebration began, there were drummers and dancers that performed, even one of our very own midwives danced. As the drummers and dancers performed, various important people came: the chief of Gambaga (a nearby town), the District Commissioner, and the Nyiiri with his elders. It was an honor to have them present. The girls became hot, tired and thirsty/hungry, so I left early. I have to admit that I was grateful to attend and glad to leave early as well. The celebration began with prayer and was followed by several speakers (from the GBC, IMB, and the Nyiiri representative). There was more music and dancing. It finally ended around 3:30pm. I was going to post a video of the drumming so you could experience a little of the culture, but our internet will not allow for it. Sorry, pictures will have to suffice.

Rebekah and Lori with dancers and drummers behind

Nyiiri wth some elders

IMB giving GBC the hospital

Tim, Rebekah, Abena, and Abigail before ceremony

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