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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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Our School Program...a success!!

Our school program was Wednesday afternoon. It was kind of a stressful week getting the kids ready for it. Without structure at school and just practicing the program over and over, they didn't want to just sit and wait for their turn to perform. But, today, they did so well. We rehearsed this morning and then the kids all had their chance at the kind cash box. Finally, we all headed home to celebrate our last day at school.

Lucy cooked up some fried rice and chicken and we all got a soda to drink. What a celebration. The music was pumping and every was dancing in their seats and chowing down on some good food. It was quite the afternoon.

After lunch, the kids danced for a bit before it was time to head inside to change and get ready for the program. Once we were all ready, John drove us down to the town and we waited for everything to be set up. The problem with Africa time is that even when you're ready at 2, no one else is. So, we ended up waiting and waiting and waiting. But, finally at 3:00, the program got started. We had a small audience at first, but after awhile, all the seats were filled, mostly with village kids, but I think they enjoyed the program in the end.

The kids had been working and working and it all paid off...songs, poems, memory verses, dances, and dramas were all included. An hour long program. I was so proud of each one of them. Even Portia and Caleb joined in for something small.

So, now school is finished for another three weeks. I'm excited for the break and am looking forward to getting some other things done during the break--and hanging out with Katie who is arriving on Sunday! Wahoooo!

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