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Merry Christmas from Steve & Suzanne

As our fall semester at Ashesi ends and our students prepare to sit exams, as they say here, Suzanne and I are filled with a deep sense of gratitude for the work and community that surrounds us. Christmas on the Hill

Even as the hot, dry dust of Harmattan was settling on our Christmas decorations, we wanted to take a moment and share with you the many wonderful things we saw The LORD do this past year.  And that is when we both become overwhelmed with gratitude. You see the life of every student we had an influence on, both big and small, was due to the kindness and compassion of friends like you. 

In this edition of PrayerMatters Suzanne shares the experience of Dancing and Drumming in the Engineering Program. describing what happened at Ashesi on October 3, 2015.   Steve writes about a town hall that was held with the students to discuss the difference between Faith and Religion and what the students told us about what they believe.  There are some fun videos, about The Harmattan and and harvesting bananas.   Finally, I include links to a few blogs from earlier this year, and some from 2006 about our first Christmas in Ghana.  We see in those blogs that God was already doing things then that we would not realize until now, but that is just how The LORD works sometimes.  

Suzanne and I wanted to thank you again for being a part of our ServingInGhana family.  Whether your support to our ministry is financial, you volunteer, or answer our calls for prayer, your kindness and compassion is helping to transform lives that one day will have the courage to transform a continent.  Thank you for your love and support this year, and may God bless you in the next.
 
Merry Christmas
Steve & Suzanne Buchele
 
When Faith is Different than Religion

In September, Steve became the acting head of the Office of Diversity and International Programs (ODIP). This office seeks to encourage diversity and inclusion and so a week before the Paris attacks, Steve hosted a Town Hall on the topic of Faith and Religion.  

After hearing what the students had to say at the town hall, Suzanne and Steve began to wonder if part of what Ashesi is really doing is much larger than educating “a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa;” but giving the young people of Africa a place to work out their differences peacefully, and do so as examples for the world.  

The Town Hall on Faith & Religion 

Dancing and Drumming in an Engineering Program

Ghanaians have a wonderful way of celebrating important events. It is part of the culture to mark a day and come together at an important milestone, invite a lot of people, dress up, give speeches, and have snacks. And of course, no Ghanaian celebration would be complete without drumming and dancing, and the chief in attendance. Such was the launch of the engineering program on October 3, 2015.

Ashesi  Engineering Program Launch 

Official Video about the Launch 

Harmattan2015a

The annual occurrence of Harmattan arrived early this year. It is hot, dusty and dry in our little village of Berekuso, and this short video shows just how hot, dusty and dry.

See just how hot and dusty it is

Harvesting bananas in Ghana

We eat a lot of bananas, like 4-6 every day. Even though bananas are plentiful in Ghana, I wanted to grow my own so last year, I arranged with a taxi driver for some banana trees, and we planted them at the edge of my garden, next to the student path behind our bungalow. Now we have plenty, plenty bananas.

The Blogs Archives

Three Times I Meet Thee - Has the art of making friends a complicated two-step between chance and circumstance?  Steve explores the art of making friends cross-culturally based on some of the stories our exchange students tell from studying in America. 

I Had a Farm in Africa - After viewing the Bananas Video, read this blog which tells the of the early challenges of gardening in Ghana (and other war stories). 

The Blog Archives from Christmas in Ghana, 2006

Buronya Y'all! (2006) - We had been in Ghana six months and already fallen in love with it.  The literal translation of "Buronya" is "White Man got something to celebrate".  We also write about a visit to the Ashesi 100 acres, and thought we did not know it then, eight years after that visit it would become our new home.  See a vintage picture of the Suzanne greeting the Chief (and see how she hasn't aged a day since), and how nice the road was then and how it isn't now.

Christmas Thoughts from Ghana (2006) - The story of a "borrowed to us" Christmas tree from Mrs. Bright. Our first Harmattan, and general thoughts about celebrating Christmas far from home. 
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About Our Mission to Ghana

Suzanne and Steve live on the Ashesi University Campus in Berekuso, Eastern Region, Ghana.  Suzanne is the Associate Provost.  Steve teaches leadership, preaches at Asbury Dunwell Church in Accra, and is mentoring a number of Ashesi students. 

Ashesi University’s goal is to educate African leaders of exceptional integrity and professional ability, and to do this in an African context.  As you may know, young Africans, when they come to the states to study, often do not return home.  Known as the brain drain, Ashesi’s mission is to educate a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within their students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform Africa.  By raising the bar for higher education in Ghana, Ashesi aims to make a significant contribution towards a renaissance in Africa.  

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