Planting A Tree For Future Generations

Photo from Jan 24, 2014

Photo from Jan. 31st Gbedema

Along the dusty road to Sandeman stands a mud house. Built of the very earth it sits upon and much like all the neighboring houses except for the tree. A venerable old mango graces the main rooms and the courtyard with delicious shade.

Some long ago ancestor planted a seed or a tender sapling in just the right spot to offer relief from the formidable strength of the afternoon sun. Every generation can trace the blessing back to him. Or was it her? Did a woman, maybe a young wife, think a little shade was worth carrying water for a tree. It would take three to four years before the young tree had roots deep enough to collect water for itself. Someone kept it alive.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children Proverbs tells us.

What can you plant for your children and their children?
Make sure it’s something that will last.

Give them a good example what it is to walk with Jesus.
And then as much truth as you can get into their hearts.
It’ll shelter them from the harshness of life and feed them with the sweetness that comes from knowing God.
Just like the mango tree.


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  1. Lionel Sneed says:

    Wonderful pearls of wisdom!

    • Kelly Grace says:

      You planted your tree years ago Levi!
      Have you written a post sharing how you came to know God? I get the sense you’ve been a believer for much of your life? I’m dropping by to search 🙂

      • The Lord saved me when I was 12 Kelly. 50 yrs now so it’s awhile. Have a great day!!!

    • Kelly Grace says:

      Hello Pastor,
      The tree and house are located on the road that leads west from Bolgatanga to Navrongo, then south toward Sandema. This is the Upper Eastern region of Ghana, West Africa. It is very near the northern border with Burkina Faso and it’s harsh country. My husband and I went to Ghana 15 years ago to establish a Bible Training Centre. He’d gone the year before to teach Inductive Bible Study seminars and fell in love with the people.
      Here are several posts from our last trip. We leave again in August. Your question made me realize I should ‘organize my blog’ so that it is searchable by subjects like marriage, Africa, writing, etc.
      Your blog is easy to search by the way 😉
      I found them by entering Ministry in the Search box.
      Thanks for your comment Pastor!

      • Thank you for your links. I really enjoyed reading those posts.I appreciate you comment on the ease of posts being found. I usually will have an idea to come into my mind, and then I will create a post (through God’s help). I am very thankful for the desire that you and your husband have for serving the less fortunate (Mt 25:40). May I ask which nation is your home country? Just food for thought, I am in the US.

      • I was so moved by your post”You Might Only Have One Opportunity Like This One,: that I reblogged it. Thank you for being such a blessing to the less fortunate.

      • Kelly Grace says:

        Thanks Pastor, it’s a blessing and a privilege to share God’s love and His word with those in the villages and at the school.
        Here is our website for the school. I am in the process of teaching our administrator how to use it. Pray for me!!!

      • This is a wonderful link. Did you ever meet Chuck Smith? He was quite a guy!
        Thanks for the information.

      • Kelly Grace says:

        My husband was an Assistant Pastor at Calvary under Chuck. We travelled often with him to Israel, Germany, and the UK. He was a genuine Christian and a faithful minister of the gospel. He took great delight in hearing what was happening in Africa.

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