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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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thursday post--A Kingdom Culture

Thursdays (as a reminder to my avid readers!) are the days when I talk about what God's been doing in my life here in Ghana.
Lately, I've been learning a lot about culture. Not African culture, or American culture, but Kingdom culture. As I've been talking with Stacy and John, one of their biggest goals isn't to change human trafficking here in Ghana or to change the culture that accepts human trafficking, but to change the heart of the people and bring God's kingdom here in Ghana. That is really the only thing that will bring lasting change. When people begin to live out the Kingdom culture, then everything else will change--and it will be forever!
I've found out that while Ghana is a very "Christian" nation, many people also make covenants with other gods. I like how Stacy worded it today when she said that the slavery that we see here in Ghana is only the physical manifestation of the spiritual slavery that is here. So many people have made covenants with other gods--covenants with gods to get pregnant, to make the crops grow, to catch fish, and on and on--and yet, these people are in slavery. They need an experience with God that will break these chains, and THEN, and only then, will the culture be changed (when the Kingdom culture is brought which transcends African/American lines) and it will be a LASTING change (people freed spiritually and physically for life and for the generations to come).
Stacy and John have been praying for awhile now (and I am joining them in this cry) that they would be able to have a night of worship in the darkest community in the Volta region where they are working (Ada Kope). We are hoping to raise up some prayer warriors and worshippers to come with us up there and pray, worship, and just do battle over the area and with the people. The darkness needs to be broken and the power that the enemy has over these people needs to stop! Join us in praying for this to happen. We're looking at Thanksgiving week for this particular trip.
God is opening my eyes to what he sees and desires for his people here in Ghana. Oh, he loves them so much! Freedom, freedom, freedom from the chains that bind them--the spiritual chains that hold them captive!

1 comment:

  1. So insightful. I am echoing your words in prayer today "The darkness needs to be broken and the power that the enemy has over these people needs to stop!" amen