BC: In loving memory of Jeremiah- a ray of light on Earth, an angel of God in heaven.
FC: In memory of Jeremiah Dahamani Bukari | Father. Husband. Friend. Leader. | A blessing to all
1: Jeremiah Dahamani Bukari | This book is made in loving memory of Jeremiah Dahamani Bukari. Though we knew him for just a short time, the loss we feel of such a wonderful man is so great. He was not just a fellow planner, but a teacher, a student, and a friend. He was as curious about our country as he was eager to show us around his. His staff and OSU students knew him as the type of mentor who gently guided us in the right direction, rewarding us with a bright smile and booming “Ah-heh” when we were on the right track. Jeremiah reminded us all that to be good professionals, we must be good people, above all. Though he is now in heaven with the Lord, his spirit and impact on everyone he touched will last forever. To Grace and the children, we pray that you feel God's love, and that our heavenly Father comforts you and brings you peace throughout your days. May the spirit of Jeremiah live on in each of you, and may you touch the world as he has touched ours.
2: Jeremiah in Columbus.
4: Memory by Dr. Charisma Acey | Dear Jeremiah, I will miss your big smile, huge heart, sincerity and warmth. Thank you for being wonderful, for sharing yourself and your family with us. Thank you for your passion and commitment to cultural exchange. Thank you for taking such good care of us in Ghana, and for being an ambassador for hope and positive change in the world. I am so thankful my family got to meet you and get a glimpse of your magnificent spirit. We will miss you terribly, but your beautiful legacy will live on through every one of us.
5: Memory by Jamie Greene | Every once in a while in this life you meet a person that demonstrates what it truly means to be human. For me, Jeremiah was that kind a person. The room was always warmer and brighter when he was in it. Jeremiah touched my life in a special way, mostly in his gentle and loving interaction with our students. Charisma and I really had no idea how the study abroad program would unfold. In our wildest dreams, we could never have imaged a capable, loving soul like Jeremiah as our shepherd. We are all better for having known Jeremiah and experienced his love. He lives in all of us.
6: I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11
7: Jeremiah was a very passionate person in all facets of his life. From our daily conversations he taught me so many life lessons in the few weeks that I was blessed enough to spend in Offinso North. Jeremiah and his contagious smile, kindness, and laughter made us all feel like home in Offinso and I will always consider him to be one of my greatest mentors, and friends. His passion for helping people and his positive attitude is something that has impacted how I live my daily life. I know Jeremiah had a huge impact on all of us, I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to meet him and his spirit lives on in all of use, we will ever forget Jeremiah. | Memory by Jimmy Dow
9: Memory by Katrin Burns | Jeremiah and I had the opportunity to learn so much from each other during our long bus rides traveling through Ghana. We discussed differences between Ghana and the states--why things are the way they are. Most importantly, he broadened my perspective of spirituality and faith, which I'm so incredibly grateful for. He once said, "When I traveled to the states for the first time last year it was like God was carrying me from the moment of take-off to the moment we landed." He saw God and beauty in all things. I wish I could be in Ghana right now to grieve the loss of such a wonderful person with family and friends. Even though I'm so far away, I am close at heart. Jeremiah is in the arms of God. Jeremiah, I'll miss you more than you know. | kjhkjhkjh
10: From our family to yours
14: Although you can't see Jeremiah's infectious smile in this photo, it reminds me of his strength and courage to try or do just about anything- especially for family and friends. This photo was taken during our walking treetop excursion and I distinctly remember Jeremiah not being overly eager about walking among the trees- especially 50 ft above the ground. However, he never once acted on his trepidation and as this photo illustrates, he walked the entire length of the canopy tour. Even more telling of his intrepid character was the fact that although he himself was most likely fearful, he was outwardly encouraging and positive to others on the tour- especially to a very frightened Professor Acey. | This was early on in our trip and from that point on I could tell that Jeremiah was going to be a steadfast voice of encouragement, positivity, and graciousness throughout the entire trip. I can say that my time in Ghana would have not been the same without Jeremiah. In fact, whenever I think about the trip, one of the first things that pops into my mind is his incredible smile and his welcoming spirit. If he can impact so many people across so many continents, like he has, then I think it is safe to say Jeremiah was truly larger than life. He will be missed dearly | Memory by Chris Zapp
15: Picking us up from the airport, and seeing us off. He was a guiding light with us every step of the way.
16: Memory by Adam Sauer | Meeting with Jeremiah for the first time face to face was also a very uplifting experience. The moment I saw him with that huge grin of his I was at ease, and from then on working together on everything went very smoothly. More than just having a successful trip, Jeremiah had a big impact on me personally as well. As I worked along side him I witnessed how much of his heart was in his work, and as the work went on it began to carry on into me, inspiring me to put more and more of my own heart into my work. This is an experience I will never forget, and it is something I hope never to lose. Seeing how Jeremiah had this impact on so many people, I am confident that he is watching over all of us and still there in each of our hearts
19: Memory by David Foust | When Jeremiah last visited Columbus, there was a day that he was free of meetings and other activities, so I volunteered to spend the day with him and take him wherever he wished to go. He asked that we see areas within the city, outside the city, and also to do some shopping. I picked him up in the morning at his hotel; I remember it being a particularly frigid morning for late April. We took the scenic route down toward campus and he very much enjoyed the views. He told me that he wanted to buy a new cell phone and also needed to shop for shoes and a dress for his niece. Both of us being male, we found it very difficult to shop for dresses normally, let alone during prom season. We spent the next 2 hours bouncing from store to store until we found ourselves in the women's dress department at Macy's at Polaris Mall. Thankfully the ladies working in the dress and shoe departments so patiently worked with us to find everything that we needed. Regardless, we were both well out of our comfort zone and having left the store with a dress and shoes in hand, we couldn't help but feel somewhat accomplished. By that point, it was lunch time and we rewarded ourselves with a fine West African lunch at Dreylese. There we spent a couple of hours sitting and discussing American and Ghanaian culture and politics. It was from that day's entire experience and discourse that I truly felt like I connected and understood Jeremiah and came to appreciate. It was then that I learned how truly selfless, eloquent, and sincere of a person that he really was. I will miss him dearly.
21: A happy home and a happy family is but an earlier heaven
22: A heart is not judged by how much you love... but how much you are loved by others.
23: Memory by Carey Utz | Jeremiah- what can I say except that this man was pure sunshine. I will always treasure this photo of us because it reminds me of his smile that had the ability to brighten everyone's day. His generosity, warmth and huge heart coupled with his intelligence and dedication to his family and community made Jeremiah such an incredible light in every life that he touched. Words cannot express how much is missed, He is gone, but never forgotten. His spirit lives on in all of us.
24: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
25: I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going. -John 14: 1-4
26: Memory by Joe Campbell | I was very blessed to not only work and build a friendship with Jeremiah while in Ghana, but I also had the privilege to introduce him to my family and friends during one of his visits to Columbus. He carried an incredible smile and spirit into the places we visited, recognizing the humanity in all those he met. He sought to learn from these new experiences to bring knowledge back for the benefit of the Offinso North District and his home country. His spirit, character, faith, and openness will influence me for the rest of my life. Thank you, Jeremiah, for all the gifts you shared with us.