Thomas Awiapo

Thomas Awiapo: An Attitude of Gratitude

One day, I was scheduled to travel to a very distant rural village on a CRS mission to educate and sensitize parents about the importance of girls’ education. The road was long, unpaved and dangerously bumpy. As we were about to take off, the driver of the vehicle said this prayer:

“Oh God, grant us a safe and smooth journey; destroy any obstacles on our way, so that when we return home safely after the day’s work, we shall have cause to give you thanks and praise – Amen”.

Staring in the driver’s face, I asked him the following rhetorical questions: As we embark on this journey, if we crash and you break a leg and I break an arm, do you realize that we will still have to give thanks and praise to God? And do you realize that even if we die in the crash our relatives and friends will still have to give thanks to God for our lives? The driver was dead silent. I concluded saying, “There comes a time we’ve got to say thank you no matter what” as Lucky Dube an African musician said in one of his songs. We must be thankful and grateful to God for every moment and situation in our lives.

– Thomas Awiapo
As a child in Ghana, Thomas Awiapo was a beneficiary of CRS school feeding programs. Now, as an adult, he works for CRS Ghana and travels to the U.S. annually to tell his inspiring story to American Catholics at schools, parishes and communities. Thomas will be a featured guest blogger and will be reporting from Ghana about the issues he witnesses firsthand.

Watch the video: Empowered for Life: The Thomas Awiapo Story.

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2 Responses to “Thomas Awiapo: An Attitude of Gratitude”

  1. Al Drinkwine Says:

    I like the way you think Thomas. Both your mind and heart are pure gold in spirit.

    With Love, Al

  2. Anita Marko Says:

    Dear CRS;

    I am interested in having Thomas Awiapo come and speak at our school. We are in Chalfont, PA, USA. THe school is St. Jude School. Please let me know how this might be arranged. I think it is so important for children to learn more about the world and our brothers and sisters around the world. Thanks. Anita Marko, Religion Teacher

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