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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Friday, June 27, 2014

Our Special Friends

Since I first came to Ghana, I wanted to bring all my friends here to see it...to breathe it in...to be loved on by these kids.

And so many of my friends have come through. PCC friends (my home church). New friends made through various connections. Family. So many have traveled here.  They've seen. They've been loved on. They experienced all of this place.

This week, A friend from college is here. We attended Hope International University together back in the day. In fact, the last time we really spent any amount of time together in person was at her wedding...so many years ago now.  

Since then, so much has changed. But God drew her heart to Ghana with this little guy...

Edwin lived with me at the time and his little face connected our hearts as I cared for him here and her family prayed for all of us at CORM while they remained in the States. Her and her husband started the adoption process to adopt from Ghana...a painfully slow process which ended in a country closed to adoptions. 

But, there was a perfect plan in it all. Her and her husband's journey in pursuing international adoption led to raising up their own son with a heart for the "least of these", a little boy of 6 with big dreams to change the world.

And so, finally, God has brought my friend here, with her little world changer. And it's been a joy to see moments of just sweet goodness...moments prayed for and longed for and mourned for...such sweet moments.

Sarah and Emerson Carter...read more about their story at www.sarahcarterstudio.com.

Some of the sweetness happened today with this:

When Sarah started planning to come, she met up with another little world changer, Judah, and his mom, Joy. They wanted to provide shoes to kids who just didn't have. And they came with 400 pairs of shoes. 

You guys, 400 PAIRS OF SHOES!!!!

This means shoes for us, but also shoes for hundreds of needy people in the communities we serve. 

And this was the sweetest blessing:

Our rainy Friday morning with shoes like this:

Brought about the holiest of moments...Emerson and Judah washing the feet of their new friends, praying for each other, and putting new shoes on their feet. It was beautiful.

So grateful for these friends...these little world changers...it has been such a beautiful week (despite the busyness of it all).

Thank you Sarah and Emerson and Joy and Judah for loving our kids...for seeing a bigger picture and impacting a bigger world. So blessed to call you friends.

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