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, September 14, 2011

When Things are Awesome...

I'm learning both the good and the difficult of working as the principal of a school. Somethings are amazing here at Faith Roots, and some things are so challenging!

Here are some of the challenging things I've faced this week so far:
--children throwing up (everyday, someone new!)
--children running away
--My little Pamela (our down syndrome child is extremely challenging)
--Overseeing teachers that aren't doing what I've asked of them
--Working without all of our furniture
--children throwing fits

Here are a few of joys so far this week:
--Seeing the learning happening in each class
--Seeing some teachers implement what I've taught them
--Seeing the CORM kids making new friends and helping all the other kids grow accustomed to our program here
--One child called me beautiful yesterday. Gotta love that!
--Lots of hugs and smiles and hand shakes
--Hearing Madam Buzzell from the lips of all 120 students in our morning assembly
--Knowing that we are impacting the lives of these kids for years to come...and hopefully changing the future of some of them

This morning, we had our chapel service and I spoke about the Prodigal Son. It made me so excited to get to tell them about a Father who loves them so much that, no matter what we do, he'll always be waiting with arms open wide for us to come home. Sweet time with the kids and the teachers! Excited to get to be a part of teaching them how much God loves them!


  1. Hi friend!
    My students would like to send cards to Grace welcoming her a her new school season. Where should we send them to so she gets them??

  2. I love it Madam Buzzell. I can just imagine you teaching on the prodigal son and the excitement in you heart and eyes. Praying over the challenges and blessings.