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 24, 2014

Impact ONE

We have been dreaming here.  And we are excited!  Restructuring current projects, stepping into new ones, and seeing our ministries expand into the "new".

About a month ago, we sat down with our friend Sarah, and started to talk about restructuring our child sponsorship program.  We saw how these child sponsorships actually enabled families to become dependent on our support, rather than help them to be able to provide more adequately for their families.  How do we do that? 

We came up with a model that would partner with families for a time frame, help them through a goal-setting, and then walk beside them to help them reach their goals, providing wisdom and guidance, not just financial assistance.  So, this would reframe how we interact with families and children, requiring a higher level of accountability for families and more intentional follow-through on our side.  And it would reframe how we communicate with sponsors around the world as well.  They would become only short-term (hopefully) sponsors of students, while we equip families with what they need to be sustainable.

After creating that, it just seemed to take on a life of its own.  Impact ONE idea kept flowing out...how could we impact ONE child, ONE family, and ONE community? 

And out of that came our mentorship program...and our first orientation was this past weekend.  University students from the University of Ghana Legon, students discipled through program called Campus Crusade for Christ, came out to be partnered with our kids and build relationships that pour into their lives.  It was a picture of God's heart this Saturday, when we saw them spending time getting to know their kids. 

We keep dreaming and we are seeing our dreams grow...it's a beautiful thing.  So, be on the watch for ways that YOU might be able to take part in our new Impact ONE program.
The mentors get to know each other in the library.

Theresa and her new mentor smile and laugh together!

Mary talked about her mentor, Brighter, who shared her heart with Mary about knowing God's heart and out of that, choosing a future for herself.

Our new mentors and their mentees


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