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, July 24, 2012

The Rescue

As rescues continue in the Volta region and in our oceanside communities, we are being continually challenged by the dark.

I wasn't able to go along on this last trip to the Volta with the Ghana Rock group, but Stacy and John came back so discouraged.  Our regular trips to the outerbank of the lake in the northern Volta area have proven very frustrating.  Children hidden away.  Children literally taken from our arms.  Mother's crying for the release of their children from the burden of slavery while slavemasters continue to hold them in bondage.

One of the Ghana Rock group members commented to Stacy, "How can we take children away from these places if we don't leave Jesus?"

She's so right.  So often we come in, pray with the chief, then start the negotiations...but the only lasting change that we can leave is Jesus Christ. 

We're continuing to learn how to change our approach, to attack the darkness itself and not just those slavemasters holding children captive.  We have to provide some answers to their questions.  And we're praying for wisdom in the meantime.

So, we're still waiting...we're waiting for Kessi (Sammy's brother) who was released to us and then snatched from our very hands...we're praying for the two little girls that are owned by the chief's mother...we're praying for Edem...and we're praying for Delali and his family--that God would get a hold of him and release the slaves we've been working on for the better part of 2 1/2 years.

We're waiting...and we're planning on bringing some crusades to that area...to bring the only life-change that we know is real and lasting...the love of Jesus Christ.

Will you pray with us?

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