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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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Getting it all Done

So, originally, I'd planned on traveling somewhere with Katie, but we just enjoyed hanging out so much (especially Katie with Portia), that we decided to stick around here. I'm excited about the "possibility" of having Katie come back again another time somewhere in the near future when we can travel and enjoy time seeing other parts of the country.

In any case, the past few days, we've just been hanging out at home and loving time together and with the kids. On Thursday, we finished up our camp stuff and now we are almost 100% finished with our summer camp. The only thing Katie will have left to do is some printing and putting together a binder to send back with my mom when she comes in JUNE!!!! So excited!

Yesterday was a really fun day. In the morning, we just hung out, but at lunch time, a taxi came to take us to the Baboon Refuge. We took the kids who didn't go with us before, so it was Katie and I and the little ones. We were led by an awesome guide named Jacob who led us around the baboon forest, up to where we had a good picture of where the baboons go to sleep at night. He had us buy a loaf of bread from a local seller to give to the baboons. They gathered around us and ate the bread straight from our hands. DK was fearless with them, but Katie wasn't too excited to have the baboons that close to us! You'll have to check out the pictures of Facebook. It was so funny! The carride home was another African experience for Katie. We stuffed all 10 of us (11 with the driver) into the car for the bumpy ride home. I think we were all grateful that the ride only took about 10 minutes.

Yesterday night, we had visitors come from CKO, another local orphanage in Teshie, to drop off some supplies and come see the kids. They brought some gifts for Gracie (thank you Sheryl Murphy--we're having Grace share them out between the kids), some bibles for the kids, and some formula for baby John. Katie and I had been planning our movie night, making it like a red-carpet event complete with pipecleaner glasses and popcorn in fancy popcorn cones. We came out all dressed up in our African dresses and our hair tied up and announced them one by one into the room as they walked the red carpet (two red towels we laid on the floor). The kids had a blast! And when we told them that they were watching the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe--they just about fell over. There was so much screaming and hugging that I thought I would pass out from laughing so hard! They love the Chronicles of Narnia! Afterwards, Katie and I ate with the guests and then went and joined the kids for the movie. What a fun night!!!

Today is Katie's last day. I think we've had a kid at our door just about once a minute since 6:30 am. We're finally getting our baths done and then we'll take the trek into town to find some last minute gifts. I can't believe that it's time to go already! It's been so fun to have Katie here and I'm excited about the possibility of the future. I'd have to say that we really did "get it all done" these past two weeks--finished up the camp, hung out with the kids, rested, enjoyed life, laughed, cooked...it's been a blast!

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