After breakfast Cliff Demarest gave the Christian Living class. He brought up the Amazing Race TV show, and how on one episode they came to Ghana to do their activities. He likened that to each of us being on an amazing race of life, spiritual life, with a wonderful reward at the end if we are faithful. He then gave four steps to help the campers finish their race strong.
The activities all seem to be going well now. As campers and staff we are all settling into the routine, and thankfully there were no more changes or surprises from the host manager, so we went along just fine.
I had my second Lifeskills class today, this one with the boys.
We have been hit with some illness among the campers. At least one camper has come down with a case of malaria, and three more are suspected of having it. Given the period of time from infection to symptoms showing up, they had to have become infected before they left home. But the symptoms have hit them here, one of the local pastors went out to get the medication they need. I’ve been told that once they start taking the medication, the symptoms will disappear within three days. That means they should be feeling much better by Sabbath, or at least by Sunday when they will all board the busses to return home.
As promised, two men from the Ghana Narcotics Commission came to camp this evening, complete with a projector and powerpoint slides.
Following that presentation we had time to play a few evening games. After some technical difficulties with the sound system, we were able to get some music playing for them to do the limbo (obviously something new to them), and then also a couple of rounds of musical chairs. The music selected was typical Ghanaian style music: one or two measures with a heavy beat, repeated over and over for 10 or more minutes. I’m going to have to pull out my MP3 player and listen to some Kenny Chesney or Alabama for a few minutes to drown out those two measures…
Hopefully we’ll all sleep well tonight, and tomorrow is the last full day of activities.