Frontiers of Justice

Frontiers of Justice 2008 – A Transformative Educational Experience

On the final day of the Frontiers of Justice visit, this entry was written by Gary Meyerl during a flight leaving Ghana for the United States

FOJ 2008 delegation pose with Thomas, Jonathan, Williams and Baba at the grounds of the Jesuit Retreat Center in Cape Coast, Ghana.

As we leave Ghana and begin to make our long journey back home – a journey marred with anticipation and anxiety, excitement and trepidation, sorrow and joy – I cannot help but recognize that our Frontiers of Justice delegation is not the same group of people who arrived in Baltimore on June 25, 2008. Like the soil used by countless farmers in Burkina Faso and Ghana, our hearts, minds and lives have been turned and tilled unearthing in each of us a new way of seeing the world and transforming the way that we hear, see and experience the Gospel message lived out in the ordinary and extraordinary. Like Peter, James and John (Luke 9: 26 – 38), we have had a transformative mountaintop experience and are now faced with the prospect of beginning our descent down the mountain and returning home to our families, friends and communities.

Seeing the world through the eyes of our brothers and sisters in Burkina Faso and Ghana, we are called to share our renewed vision with those who have the eyes to see. Listening to the world with a heartened sense of compassion and understanding, we are called to share what we have experienced with those who have the ears to hear. Through our Frontiers of Justice journey in Burkina Faso and Ghana, we have encountered:

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