Four flights, four time zones, jet lag, multiple vaccinations, malaria prevention, a visa, countless passport checks, a power outage, very few bathrooms, unusable tap water and some inevitable tummy troubles.
All that for a pair of sandals?
Well, these aren’t your run of the mill flip flops.
These sandals are part of a bigger mission to change thousands of lives. And the first step was taken more than 20 years ago.
In this special series of stories airing only on Twin Cities Live and 5 Eyewitness News, I’ll take you on a more than six thousand mile journey to West Africa, to find out how a chance meeting between a super successful Twin Cities businessman and a Ghanaian pastor with a big vision turned into an amazing effort to bring faith, education, clean water and employment to an area of Ghana where nearly 40 percent of people are living in extreme poverty.
Their latest venture? A line of sandals being sold right here in the Twin Cities called “Mawu Lolo,” meaning, “God is Great.”
The sandals feature traditional African kente cloth that is woven by artisans. Local shoemakers make each pair of sandals by hand and proceeds from sales are going right back into this community.
In Minnesota + Ghana: A Sole Connection, I’ll introduce you to the two men whose unlikely friendship is at the core of this mission and show you why they believe that investing in African girls is the key to overcoming poverty.
Come with me.
- Elizabeth Ries
For more on Pastor Sam and Mrs. Jonhild Dunya’s GlobeServe Ministry, click here: