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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Thursday, February 20, 2014

"It's Our Turn to Change The World"

Last month, the CORM and FRIA staff broke up into groups and started doing home visits for families of children that are sponsored through our many partners around the globe.  One of the home visits broke the hearts of our staff as they witnessed a ramshackle pile of metal, covered in holes, roof weighed down with rocks...housing 10 members of a family.
And so, they said, how can we "Let Love Lead" in this?
Monday, they took our oldest kids to the families home and wanted their feedback in how they could be a part of changing the living situation of someone who lives literally across the street from us.
And Tuesday evening, I sat in a room of 15 kids as they talked about how God had moved in their hearts.  They talked about how the mother has such grace and even gratitude when talked about where she lives and how she makes ends meet as a farmer.  She talked about her struggles, but how she desires to provide an education for her children.  She talked about how God has blessed her with very little illnesses affecting her children (despite the fact that she has been bitten by a scorpion twice).  The kids were moved and encouraged and challenged by this woman's humble, hard-working, gracious spirit.
One of the kids talked about how he was most encouraged by the woman's love for her children.  She could look at her situation and decide to sell her children, but she hasn't done that.  Instead, she chose to work hard and to make sacrifices to put her children through school and allow them to stay with her.  That is love!
Another of the kids talked about how she had lived in a house very much like what she had seen when she went to live with her grandfather.  She talked about how, at night, when it would rain, they would be up all night long, emptying bowls of water so they wouldn't get rained on.  She remembers long, wet nights with little sleep.  And she commented how this woman must get only a little sleep each night as she seeks to protect her children and cover them from the storms that frequently pass through our area.
And then one of our girls spoke up and said, "It is our turn to change the world."  She talked about how they were now leaders and how they could make a difference by changing the lives of people around them.
And I watched as the kids got into groups--one to work with the mother to design the home and prepare a list of supplies and the cost--another to write up the story and get word out about the need--and another to go to banks, businesses, and churches here in Ghana to fundraise. 
I'm amazed at our kids.  And I know that this year, Love will Lead...through our kids. 
Little ones, you are changing my world!

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