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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Monday, March 10, 2014

Being Equipped

Saturday, I sat in awe of the possibilities ahead of us.  I felt like God was answering prayers we have been praying for years.

A group of Ghanaian young adults came out to celebrate the anniversary of their radio station, Truth for Life, which began one year ago today.  I watched as these young adults gave their testimony, shared their gifts and talents, and toured our property, seeing all that God has given us in the short time that we have begun our building projects. 

Another group of students from the University of Ghana came to visit us at the same time, students interested in partnering with us to create a mentorship program for our kids.  These students are rooted and excited about what is happening on our campus, excited to be a part of God's greater plan for our kids.

And with them came a young man who works at a news station here in Ghana, TV3 news.  When he heard of the project our kids are working on, building a home for a woman who lives with her sisters and children in a small tin dwelling here in Shai Hills, he told the kids how he was humbled by God's love shown through our children.  And then he talked to them about all that he could do to help get their project out there, to raise the funds, to share the vision of CORM. 

And I walked away from Saturday's experiences excited and encouraged. 

I talked to my mom this weekend, discussing with her all these things, and talking about the current needs of our teenagers (I can't believe we have teenagers...can't we keep them little kids forever??).  And she told me that in previous years, even though we were praying for staff who had an understanding of God's love for them, were rooted in the truth, and were ready to pour out as disciples of Christ, we didn't need them yet.  And here we stand, on the cusp of something new, a place we have never been before with our kids (teenager-dom), and God sends what we need, just when we need it.

All we can do is stand in worship before our Father-God who sees all, knows all, and desires the best for His kids.  God always equips where we have a need.

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