Welcome to Sankofa- Ghana. This vision trip is designed for North Park faculty and staff, and ministers affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. It is first and foremost a reconciliation trip. It is one that seeks to help us get a better sense of the stories we tell ourselves by providing us with a unique opportunity to look intently at history and thereby, hopefully, re-emerge with a compelling vision for the future and what steps it would take for us to get from wherever we are individually as well as corporately to where we would like be. Despite the intractable nature of the conversation on race, this trip is daringly hopeful. Our hope lies in the power of the God to bring about change even in the most difficult of circumstances, the resilient nature of committed individuals in one accord, and the power of stories to spur change. This Sankofa trip is broken into three parts--Pre-Trip (preparation and community building), the Trip (7 to10-day trip), and the Post Trip (follow-up and commitments). For more information, please contact Tony Zamblé at ext. 5568 or firstname.lastname@example.org. APPLY HERE
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DATE—Projected: June 2nd – 14th
GROUP SIZE: 10-12
ESTIMATED COST: $3,000 PER PERSON
LEADERS: Tony Zamblé
THE TRIP: This is a 10-day reconciliation trip designed to help us explore the legacy of slavery and its implications for our life together as co-heirs with Christ. We will visit at least one of the sites of the old slave markets to give us a sense of the arduous walk from the interior to the coast. We will spend some time in Kumasi, the seat of the Ashanti Kingdom to learn more about pre-colonial system of government. We will also visit local artisans behind the famous Kente cloth. We will also visit Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, which due to urbanization has grown from about a 6,000 mainly residential campus to about 30,000 plus mostly commuter campus. From here we will make our way to the coast by way of the Slave River –The River of Last Bath--in Assin Manso where our ancestors took their last “bath” and finally to the slave castles and forts. Then trace our steps back to Accra, visit the WEB DuBois Center before heading back to Chicago.
THE COUNTRY: Ghana, formerly known as the Gold Coast, is located on the western coast of Africa. Its natural resources, especially gold, and location made it an ideal “trading” spot for early European explorers, which included the Swedish, Dutch, Portuguese, among many others. It is a country rich in history, culture, and tradition. Follow the following link to learn more facts about Ghana https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/gh.html