Gone to Ghana

To Church…..Sort Of September 22, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — slrussell @ 10:28 am

Yesterday was quite a long, tedious day of waiting at the convent for a decision about where I will live (still undecided) so I committed to myself that I would get out more today.  There is a Catholic church right next to the convent (surprise, surprise) and I figured I would check it out.  I asked one of the girls who works here and she said that first mass was at 6 a.m.  Clearly not an option.  Second mass would be at 8 a.m. and third at ten.  My initial thought was to aim for eight (which shouldn’t be an issue since I’m in bed by nine anyway) because that way there would be a limit to the length of the service:) Yes, that is a sign of an experienced church goer.


This morning at six I was welcomed to consciousness by singing from the church, much nicer than the brick factory that woke us in Nicaragua.  The singing continued off and on for the next 4 hours and eventually I dragged myself out of bed to church for the ten o’clock service….maybe next week I’ll make the eight.  As per usual I was about five (okay ten) minutes late so I wasn’t surprised that the priest was already speaking, everyone was seated and all was well underway.  I tried to listen from outside with some others but couldn’t hear so I eventually got up the nerve to join the kids in the back few rows as there would be no point in standing there for two hours in the sun if I couldn’t hear anything.  Immediately after I sat down the two ladies behind me started giggling uncontrollably.  I knew they were laughing at me, but wasn’t sure if it was just a general laugh at my existence (not uncommon here) or the fact that I was sitting on a bench usually occupied by the kids.  My question was answered a few seconds later when everyone stood up and the priest announced that the service was over! Assuming I had misunderstood the times the girl gave me I picked myself up and wandered into town to buy some water.  It was only later when I returned to the convent and another service was in full swing did I figure out that I actually had made the eight o’clock service and that the ten o’clock had started very late.  Hmmmmmm, maybe this is a little like New Hope after all? Not that I’m ever there on time to know when our service actually starts:)


One Response to “To Church…..Sort Of”

  1. Donna Says:

    I’m glad that you have your first cry out of the way. It won’t be so bad, now. I’m curious to hear what a Catholic service is like in Ghana. You need to be sure to go to a village service! As for the food, if you can survive Nicaragua, you won’t find Ghana TOOOO different…except maybe the availability. We had many days when our lunch consisted of bread & jam (or the local version of nutella). The convent sounds like a gem of a place to stay! Running water, a toilet…LUXURY! While you are having moments of frustration, I am feeling for you (with a smile on my face, of course)! You better be journalling your adventures! You’ll be able to write your own book! Take care, my friend!

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