A GROUP of 17 people from a church in Duffield have spent three weeks in an African town carrying out community-based work.
The team, from Emmanuel Community Church, ventured to the foothill town of Amanokrom, in Ghana.
Calling themselves the Emmys, the group comprised six students from Ecclesbourne School, four university students, a young family, and three youth leaders.
They were based in Amanokrom, which is about a two-hour drive from Ghana’s capital city of Accra, and had each raised hundreds of pounds to cover the costs of airfares and the project work they carried out.
Team leader Tom Wyke said: “We faced many difficulties, but through those challenges the whole team learnt to trust God.
“Indeed the challenges, including hospital trips, punctures and breakdowns, walks through the jungle in the dark, and adjusting to a new and very different culture, did not stop the team achieving more than in any previous trip.”
It was the fifth church trip to Ghana, following a 25-year association with the Redeemed Calvary Church in Ghana.
During the latest visit the Emmys helped with the construction of a new church building, ran children’s work sessions, and engaged with the town’s young people through computer lessons, football sessions and art workshops.
Jenna Hardwick, 17, said: “Running the children’s sessions was an unforgettable experience because the kids were so happy all the time!
“It was great that they loved each game we played and the songs we taught them. I loved every minute, and given the chance would definitely go again.”
The team also helped run a youth conference for about 120 youngsters associated with Redeemed Calvary churches in the region, as well as running services in remote village churches.
Naomi Wilmshurst, 16, said: “The trip really woke me up to the reality of the world and the contrast between our lives and many others. Seeing the simple way other people live has made me so much more grateful for even having three meals a day.
“Having the chance to serve others was so rewarding and humbled the whole team.”