Thirty children who live at an orphanage in rural Ghana have had an inspirational visit from a team of Logos Hope’s volunteers.
It was a first for the young people, who range from three to 24 years old, to meet people from many different countries. They also enjoyed learning about life on board ship, and were taught a game which involved running from the ‘port' side of their complex to ‘starboard', scrambling to scrub the decks and climb the imaginary rigging as commanded.
The orphanage was founded by an American couple, John and Libby Moritz, who lost all three of their children in a road accident. They believe God gave them His heart for children without parents and were moved to set up Hearts of the Father Outreach. There are now several homes of refuge in Africa and Asia. The complex outside Tema is named 'Joshkrisdan', in honour of the Moritzes' children, Joshua, Kristen and Daniel.
The Christian ethos of the home extends to its house parents, who are a pastor and his wife; Emmanuel and Grace Ayertey. Grace also grew up in the orphanage. It enabled her to attend university and become a nurse. Now, she cares for the orphans alongside her own three children.
“I want to encourage them and motivate them that you can achieve what you want to in life,” says Grace. “No matter where you come from, what your circumstances, you can still go further. With God all things are possible.”
Logos Hope’s team encouraged the orphans to trust God’s plan for their lives, even when their circumstances may not seem good or easy. One crewmember shared her own story of losing her mother at a young age, but drawing strength through the tragedy from Jesus’ words to His disciples in John 13:7, where He tells them, "You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand."