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, January 16, 2015

The Littles

In September of 2014, we moved our whole 7 Continents program here to the children's village. Moving five single ladies and all their kids had its share of challenges, stress, and worry. But, their arrival and big move into our Reemed House made it all worth it. One of the mamas sank down onto her new bed, almost swimming in the breadth of it, and sighed, telling John it was the first time she's ever had a bed with a mattress. She was full of smiles and giggles, almost childlike, and John said that it was worth it just for that one moment.

But there have been hundreds of moments that have followed that have made this move worth it.

Showing these ladies what True Love looks like, they have embraced the culture of love here at CORM and are probably our most grateful residents.

They have pressed in to learn new sewing skills, growing in their literacy, but perhaps the greatest moments of joy have come in our Bible Studies and one on one sessions wth them, seeing them freed from their pasts and beginning to fully grasp God's love for them. There have been lots of healing tears and moments of soul wonder. It's been such a beautiful thing to witness.

For me, the littles that came along with their mamas have been a highlight. They seem to have brought an added measure of light to this place. They bring their giggles and their hugs and their little tantrums, but even in those, I see the love of our Father. Our Malvin and Joel and Edwin and Justice have stepped up as big brothers, graciously watching out for them and loving on them as older brothers do. 

Our little Mercy, brought to us in May after being abandoned, has grown leaps and bounds, challenged to keep up with her little peers. 

I think of how we are striving for family preservation, and watching these mom's press in and learn and grow and love...and all I see is JOY! These littles are learning all about love and they will grow up to be leaders who fully understand what love is...pure joy!

Looking at the year ahead and our 2015 theme, Arise and Shine, these guys are so much a part of that vision. They are so much of the light in this place. And may God continue to brighten and expand His light through them.

Sarah and Joyce giving loves to each other

Smiles and silly faces

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