My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Monday, August 9, 2010


On Mondays, I'm planning on introducing you to one of the kids from the Freedom Center or one of the Omorefe kids.

You can see a picture of him posted on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/photo.php?pid=5316064&id=552826775&ref=fbx_album

Today, I'd love to introduce you to Robert. Robert is 14 years old, almost 15. He grew up in a fishing village off of Lake Volta and lived with his uncle for most of his life. When he was younger, he was injured in a soccer game and his hip was displaced. Since then, he walks with a severe limp and, we believe, he's even getting artheritis in his joints.

Robert is very artistic! He loves to draw and is so creative. Out in the village, he would make nets for fishing, and here, he can make nets out of the littlest piece of string. It's quite amazing! He also makes cars out of tin cans. He can bead just about anything. He's pretty incredible.

I'm also realizing that Robert has a great sense of humor. Today, in morning class, Robert drew a picture of one of the other girls. Mary was really upset with the picture, but Robert thought he was pretty hilarious making Mary look like a man. Ahhh. . .what can you do with teenagers, right?

My prayer for Robert? I would absolutely love for Robert to be adopted by a loving couple in the States. Here in Ghana, while he is being well taken care of, the level of care for his condition could be much more effective in the States and perhaps he wouldn't have to deal with the pain that he currently has (though he never complains about it!). He is kind, gentle, funny, creative, and an all around great guy! I'm so impressed with him and his desire to learn and grow.

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