Sunday Worship

Happy Sunday, everyone! The Ghana seminarians had an eventful and exciting day! We started the day early with a 7am exuberant worship service at Grace Congregation-West Legon. The Ghanaian worship was a beautiful display of community, filled with dancing, singing, and joyful praise! The service was a highlight for all of our seminarians, not just because of the kind welcome the people showed us but also because it made us feel a part of something meaningful. It was emotional when we were brought up on stage to pray over our journey forward and gift us with Kente Stoles. The hugs, the Akwaabas (welcome), and the smiles have created a lasting connection and relationship with this community.

After church, we moved on to Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, a place of great significance in Ghana’s history. We visited the museum and burial place of Ghana’s first Prime Minister and President, a man whose words of selfless power, equality, and equity for all of Ghana and Africa’s people echo true leadership for the “Hope of Africa.”

To finish our day, we were warmly welcomed by and shared a meal of spicy lamb stew, jollof rice, chicken, and salad with the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ghana, the Rev. Abraham Nana Opare Kwakye. Moderator Kwakye and UPSEM have a long connection and hope to continue this relationship as the Presbyterian Church in Ghana celebrates 200 years (Bicentennial Anniversary) in 2028. The Moderator and his family welcomed us with open arms, and we are so thankful for their delicious food and warm hospitality.

The next stop on our journey is Akropong, where we will seek more educational opportunities and connections with this generous community at the Akrofi-Christellar Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture.

–Katie Carboni
April 28, 2024