I am Melvin Rhodes, happily married for 39 years to Diane, and together we have had a lot of wonderful experiences, not to mention three children and eight grandchildren. We have lived on three continents – Europe (UK), Africa (Zimbabwe and Ghana), and North America (USA). I am British and my wife is American but we met in England at Ambassador College in Bricket Wood, Herts., in 1970. We married in 1975 and moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). I worked for the Rhodesian government as a District Officer, assisting in the administration of a tribal trustland. I then became a pastor in the Worldwide Church of God. Since then, we moved to Ghana in West Africa, UK, and now Lansing, MI. My wife is from Detroit, so it was like coming home for her, which sounds nice but she spent the first 20 years of her life trying to get out of here! From 1995 we worked for the United Church of God and attend the Lansing congregation.
We lived in Ghana through coups, famine, malaria, and a struggling infrastructure (no water, electricity, etc.). And it was the best time of our lives. Our ties there are forever bonded.
My father was a communist and from a tender age I was heavily indoctrinated in that philosophy. I had a rude awakening at age 11 when I realized that during the Cuban missile crisis, I was the only one in my class rooting for the other side! That sent me on a lifelong study of history and geography, politics and government and, much to my father’s disgust, I rapidly bolted the communist fold.
I have traveled extensively in Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe, and have seen much of the US. I find it fascinating and it inspires me to write about it. We now have the pleasure of living with our daughter and her two children in Michigan. Out of all this I have learned a few things. At least I think I have. Part of this blog’s purpose is to perhaps share some of that “wisdom.”