Two years ago I had a vision of building a school in a remote village of Ghana where children had no nearby access to education. A year after breaking ground, Hope for Ghana is thrilled to announce that Mason’s School of Hope has been built and is officially open! It has been the most fulfilling and challenging chapter of my journey in Africa as I witnessed day after day the joy that comes with building a school, creating an infrastructure to ensure basic needs, and bringing hope to a community that has been suffering.
One year ago I arrived in the tiny village of Gakpokorpe, an impoverished village that had no paved roads or electricity or nearby access to clean water. I truly witnessed God’s miracles as I watched a school illuminated at night, knowing that children and a community will now be able to read in the school’s library well into the night. I nearly cried when my plumber showed me the sinks in the bathrooms and the faucets on the side of the school that now provide running water 24 hours a day for women to fetch clean drinkable water. My message of hope and gratitude that I delivered at the inauguration ceremony can be heard here (click here).
The creation of Hope for Ghana’s first school has been a blessing beyond words. The first and last pictures are from my last moments in the village just before heading to the airport. The pictures say it all.
To everyone who has brought me to this day and brought this immeasurable gift of life and hope to Gakpokorpe I thank you from the bottom of my heart. This is what faith, hope and love looks like. It is only half the story of what was accomplished in my last few weeks. There’s still much more to come.