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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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Beauty of a Smile

My friend Ale is here from PCC and we have a family here visiting with us from Tennessee as well.  It's been really great to have visitors come and get to hear our stories, build relationships with our kids, and see what we are all about here. 

In many ways, our jobs here sound pretty magnificent...sounds like we're accomplishing something great all the time.  But, in reality, the day in and day out of our work here is about accomplishing small things.  Daily interactions with our kids.  Daily building up of our staff.  Daily pouring in to our different ministries.  It's just small things...and that is what I hope our volunteers get to witness...the daily life here...the same old same old that leads to the amazing healing of so many.

In any case, today, it was a pleasure to get to watch the Boggs family at work in our KG classrooms.  They read them a Dr. Suess story and then set about painting the faces of all of the kids.  And they loved it!  Just getting to see the smile on the kids faces, the joy of experiencing something new, the chance to just be kids...I love that!

And then, getting to Ale at work with our kids as well has been so fun.  She has been helping some of the kids write letters to their sponsors...a challenging job for me to complete with so many other things going on here, so it's helpful to have someone else do it for me!  All of the kids have been saying how funny she is and they are loving their time with her.  I mean, it may not feel life-changing to be doing volunteer work of that nature, but to that child...that time issued some change in their life! 

So blessed to get to see the beauty of a smile today in so many because of volunteers and their willingness to come and spend themselves on behalf of the poor, the orphaned, the abandoned, the needy, the trafficked, the lonely...the children of Ghana.

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