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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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Katie's gone...

Katie left yesterday. It was kinda a sad day all day. She had to pack up and the morning was filled with just relaxing together in my room before hanging out with the kids for the rest of the morning. It seemed like every minute, a knock came at the door. Everyone wanted Katie to come out and play. She really was loved here and I'm hoping that God will work it out for her to come back again!

We were planning on walking into town to do a little bit of sightseeing, but time flew by and we weren't able to go. Katie got to eat her favorite meal while she was here...beans and plantain. Then, we all gathered around her and prayed over her. I love it when the kids pray over people. The prayers of children are just so powerful! I know that Katie really felt the love of each of the kids that morning.

Then, it was off to Accra. We stopped by the market to get bags to send back home to sell (thank you Bristol), and then went by the mall to get some ice cream for her last day here. Afterwards, we met Emily (a girl who is working at another local orphanage) and some others for a good mexican meal at Champs. Unfortunately, the food took about an hour to prepare and we ended up having a mad dash at 7:30 to have them stuff it all in boxes and bags so we could head out the door. We ran Katie to the airport and made it just in time for her to check in. Everything went very smoothly! We were praising God for no traffic.

It was so quiet in my room last night. Weird not to have someone there to chat and laugh with. I so enjoyed my time with Katie. I was up super late, just trying to tire myself out and into sleep.

This morning, we woke up to no water. We had hoped the tap would turn on during the night, but nothing. So we all took baths with pure water sachets. That was a new experience!! Then, John, Stacy, and I got to go to a church gathering for the first time in weeks. Since we haven't had our vehicle, we've been meeting at the house, which is nice, but it's always good to enjoy a worship service by someone else too! It was our pastors last Sunday as they are leaving the church to start their own outreach ministry where they live. We really feel that they will do well with their new ministry and wanted to go to support them. It was a very long service, but was so honoring of their time with Action Chapel. We also stopped by the children's village site on our way into Tema. They're putting in the roads and it's looking AWESOME! It's coming together! It is beginning to look possible that we'll be in there by August. Wow!

Katie has made it to Washington DC by now and probably even home to San Francisco. I miss her already, but know that she has to be home for a season to prepare to return here (hint, hint Katie!). Praying for her...and looking forward to ONE MORE MONTH when I'll get to see my mom, sister Brianna, and brother Chris S. Excited!

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