"Steve started the relationship with his caring and love for the people and culture," said Van Straten
, who attends both St. Joseph Church and St. Thomas More Church
, with her husband, Russ.
So, when Van Straten
stepped off the plane at Accra, the capital of Ghana, last November, it was like coming home.
"I saw all the Ghanaians around the fence, welcoming loved ones home," she
said."I saw all those hands waving to welcome people, and I realized that I was there because a loved one, my son, had been to this country many times."There were plenty of times when Van Straten, a retired counselor from St. Joseph Middle School in Appleton, wondered why she was going on this service trip.
"I don't think I've ever prayed so hard for direction," she
said about planning to go with the St. Paul, Minn., based Global Volunteers.Full story ...