Ghana go to Africa!

Christine, one of our Step into the Gap volunteers in Lancaster Diocese, shares some of her thoughts here before she travels overseas to visit the communities and schools connected with the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in Ghana.  Together with Emma from this diocese, Amy, working as a ‘gapper’ in Salford at Just Youth and accompanied by Patrick from the CAFOD Lancaster office, she travels on Monday to start the journey.

Patrick 'Indiana Jones' will be accompanying the girls ;D

They take with them so many warm wishes from literally hundreds of people for an amazing trip ahead.  They’re not the only ones who are excited!  Watch this space for more news………

All of the 2012 gappers with Fr Christopher Jamison OSB, at the Pope Paul VI Memorial Lecture in London last November

Here are her thoughts……

It’s just days until we, the Step into the Gap-pers, head off to far, far warmer lands in search of fun, new friends and adventure, and I’m more than a little bit excited! The four of us, Patrick, Amy, Emma and I, are off to Ghana for four weeks to share expereinces between schools here and there, to teach some lessons and to experience life in West Africa.

Emma practises with the Flipcam, with Amy by her side

Am I ready? Perhaps. Half a dozen lessons are half- planned, I have half- sorted piles of sun cream and t-shirts lying around my room waiting for the rucksack that should (hopefully!) be arriving in the post, and I have half a mind on the week ahead! There’s nothing like an imminent trip to another continent to shake you out of the post- Christmas lull!

Christine (and Emma and Amy) were in Ghanaian company sampling food from Ghana in Salford this week! Here, Christine is pictured with Cleophas

Our trip is also chance for us to exchange news and share experiences. I’m taking out postcards, letters, videos and collages from the primary schools I work with here in Blackpool and also from St Mary’s Catholic College. We hope to create something with the children in Ghana to bring back and share here in England.  I am really fortunate to be representing a whole community and not just myself when we go out.   Don’t worry- I’ll remember to say “hi” from everyone!


5 thoughts on “Ghana go to Africa!

  1. Have a joyful and fruitful time. Everyone in Preston who know you are behind you all every step of the way. We look forward to hearing all your news and views about the trip and hope you enjoy this “once in a lifetime” experience. All the best for now

    • Heard from them all last night and they’ve arrived safely. They received a lovely warm welcome from Sr Ngozi at the airport. P says it’s hot!! Well, it’s literally freezing here!! Go well gaplains (and P) : ) R x

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