Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dangbe Tongu Presbytery Office, Odumase Krobo, Ghana - February 2012

The Dangbe Tongu Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana is situated at the old Basel Mission Station in Odumase Krobo, a town about two hours northeast of Accra.  At one point in time, in the middle part of the 20th century, the station hosted the Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, before it relocated to Legon, Accra.  Presec is thought to be one of the best secondary schools in Ghana.

One the grounds of the presbytery is an old baobab tree.  The tree even gives Presec its local nickname, Odadee.  Over the years, many of the students have carved their names in the tree, giving it a distinct look.  

In recent years, the presbytery has done a wonderful job maintaining and renovating the station.  The presbytery offices are there, and some of the rooms have been turned into a guest house.  For a few years now, the Dange Tongu Presbytery has had a partnership with the Milwaukee Presbytery, of the Presbyterian Church USA.  

Some American Presbyterians from Milwaukee visited Dangbe Tongu in July, 2011, and we're hoping that some Ghanaian Presbyterians from Dangbe Tongu will visit Milwaukee in September of this year.  Pray that they are able to secure their visas!

The old mission station, with the original chapel in the background.  

Some of the original buildings (these ones still in need of renovation).  
The orginal Swiss and German missionaries to Krobo land built, lived in, and worked from this station.  

The giant baobab tree, which dwafs my car parked underneath it.  A mango tree, on the right, has even grafted  itself into the baobab.

The students' names, carved into the trunk.  

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