Joe’s Podcast Episode #029

Welcome back to Joe’s Podast.  I am your host, Missionary Joe Consford; and it is my privilege to get to spend this time with you each week.  If you would like to be a blessing to me, this is how you could help Joe’s Podcast.  Go to and subscribe to the show and leave a good rating and a review.  This will help Joe’s Podcast be more visible in iTunes and help people be able to find this show quickly.

This week, we have three questions; the first two are by e-mail from my mother-in-law, Bonnie Van Manen.  First, she asks, “Is the public education in Ghana free, or do all students have to pay?”

Next, she asks, “Are the marriages in Ghana arranged, or do teenagers date on their own?”

The next question was asked by my Uncle Ronnie who was mentioned in  My dad recorded his question and sent it to me.

What is the greatest challenge of raising kids on the mission field?

  • Knowing what is going on back home and guarding against the feeling of being left out of something.
  • Developing friendships in a cross-cultural situation
  • Health concerns

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That brings us to the end of this week’s episode of Joe’s Podcast.

Have a great week and God bless!