Ghana Outreach Team Soon to Depart…

Ghana CalendarAs our second and third teams are in the final hours of preparation for their departure to Vea, Ghana, One Community is sending out the Prayer Calendar for their Journey…  Mission Trips are not only for those who travel.  When a team member joins a Real Life and One Community mission trip, they take with them on their journey all of those who pray for the their journey; those who contributed financially to their journey; those whose lives are touched by their journey.  To each and every person that is joins us in this journey, this faith journey, we say Thank You!

This trip will focus on Community Development and our One Community ChilFullSizeRender (1)d Sponsorship Program.  We will be distributing shoes throughout the schools (from pre school through middle school).  We will be ensuring measurements taken for new school uniforms.  We will be distributing soccer balls. Additionally, we will be distributing letters of love along with hugs, from so many of our child sponsors!  Thank You for continuing to join us in Changing the World… One Community at a time!

A servant’s heart reaches across Africa

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.  ~  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

Over eighteen days, two teams, consisting of doctors, nurses, therapists, students, pharmacy support, quilters, bubble blowers, and all-around hand-holders, left the comfort of their homes, their families and their community to give of themselves in Africa.  Our teams were in Ghana, Kenya & Uganda.  Our teams experienced eating new foods; for some, using a passport for the first time; sleeping in unfamiliar environments; driving on less than smooth, well-maintained roads; waking at dawn and returning at night, just in time for a late dinner before falling asleep in their beds.  Our teams found themselves immersed in their new surroundings.  They held hands, wiped away tears, received hugs, danced, laughed, cried, and provided preventative as well as restorative care to over 3500 men, women, children and babies over the course of their combined 10 medical clinic days.  Beyond medical care and treatment, our teams also discipled and spread the word of Christ.  For some this was done quietly, through a gently held hand.  For some it was a discussion over learning to quilt.  For others, it was as they worshiped in the local community; hands raised and hearts opened.

Trust in the Lord.  It may not always be easy to do.  For 22 individuals, who listened to God’s call. Who got on a plane and traveled the globe.  They demonstrated to those they witnessed to as well as to themselves, that we all must and we all can, “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”  Trust is not easy.  Trust requires you to cast aside your fears and your worry and have faith.  Trust requires vulnerability and during a mission trip, trust also requires an open and forgiving heart.  One Community says “Thank You” to those who demonstrated their Trust in the Lord over those 18 days.  “Thank You” to those who supported from home, and sent their loved ones to serve God in Africa.  And, a very big “Thank You” to those who allowed us into their lives and touched our hearts, for we have all learned, that while you can return home, and clean the African soil from your clothes, Africa will always remain in our hearts.  So grateful for the trust that lead 22 individuals on a journey to Africa and to witnessing Life Change across the globe.  To help change the world, One Community at a time.

 

 

Kenya/Uganda team arrives in Makuyu, Kenya
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Kenya/Uganda Team is busy at work!

Our Uganda team made it safely to Uganda today with yet ANOTHER smooth sailing though customs with no questions asked. God continues to shower them with His grace and favor! All are well and having such fun serving these precious people. They are a close team with lots of silliness along the way. Yesterday was an amazing day at ROCO 20 school in Kenya partnering with Open Door Missions. They conducted a medical clinic for the grandmothers who weave baskets to give 10% of their income to the school as well as to generate an income for themselves. They were adorable and full of spunk! You can buy their baskets when the team returns! The Uganda team leader, Cathy, also had to join in with them for the “CuCu” (pronounced “show-show”) exercise class. While having fun with the CuCus some of the guys worked on electrical wiring for the school while others repaired torn clothing for the children or just played and loved on the kids. All had a wonderful Kenyan prepared meal together on top of a deck to enjoy the view. Tomorrow we are off to a small village in Uganda to do a large medical screening, partnering with local doctors and nurses. The team expects to treat 100-200 people who have been told we are coming. Pastor Moses Kaziba‘s team will also share the gospel and do discipleship training with some groups. In the mean time Jessica Smith, a quilter, will be teaching a quilting class to the women of the Mustard Seed Faith Community Ministries and there will be soccer play for the children. It will be a VERY full day. Thanks for your prayers. Pray for continued stamina as we are all a bit tired from all of the travel and lack of sleep. Also pray that those we come in contact will see the love that the team hopes to reflect.

 

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Make a Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing. ~ Psalm 100

Come into his presence with singing…  That is one thing the people of Ghana know how to do!  In the village of Vea, they come to church with dance and voice, worshiping to the Lord.  They lift up their voices in song and stomp their feet in joy.  It is something, those of us who are American’s only wish we could have the freedom to celebrate with everything we have.  Everything, including our voices and our bodies.  One cannot put into words the joy that just pours out of these beautiful brothers and sisters in Christ,  as they sing, shout and dance for the Lord.  Tina, their worship leader may be small in size, but she is a giant in the room when it comes to her praise.  So for those of you who have not previously experienced this song and dance firsthand, enjoy this video.  For those of you who have been before, you will see familiar faces and hear familiar sounds. Enjoy, as we did today.

A brief meeting in Accra

Yesterday, our team from the US arrived in Accra.  We were quickly greeted by our Ghanaian partners, CMRF (Christian Medical Relief Foundation).  The CMRF team consists of MD’s, RNs, Optometrists, and many support volunteers.  They assisted us, quickly moving our supply items into their bus.  We met for a quick exchange of names, but mostly of hugs and well wishes.  For the next 5 days, we will be one united team.  Not Ghanaian.  Not American.  One team, to serve a call and a mission in Upper East Ghana, in the village of Vea.  I feel so incredibly blessed and fortunate for this team and the works that will be accomplished during this time in Ghana!

Africa Bound!

 

IMG_1498Our teams for Africa, both East and West are just about ALL in country!  Our KENYA team has been having a great visit with some local Cu Cus (grandmother’s).  They enjoyed watching them weave their baskets, but most of all, dance!  What an experience.  Our medical team upon arrival will come to this same spot and assess these sweet Cu Cus!

 

 

 

By the time you read this, our UGANDA team will have made it to Murang’a and willIMG_4942 have joined our Kenya team for two days of work in Kenya.  They will focus on medical screenings and care for the local villagers.  Then, on Sunday, they will depart for Uganda and the village of Iganga!

 

 

 

 

As I type, our Ghana team is hopefully finding a few hours of sleep, before the bright and early departure for Ghana!  Team 1, departing fro123m Denver will be heading to the airport in a few hours!  Team 2 from FL will be just a few hours ahead of Team 3, departing from Austin.  This team will be conducting a medical clinic in the rural village of Vea in Upper East, Ghana.  Ghana was hit by much destruction just earlier today, as result of major flooding.  We pray that the city of Accra does not see more devastation from the rain, and that our local, in-country team, joining us from Accra will arrive safely in Upper East.

 

Real Life & One Community are so excited to have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus across the world.  This June, our focus and emphasis is in Africa and in bringing medical care and tender hands to bring physical health, while also spreading the love of Jesus!

 

We are His Hands & Feet: Service to the Homeless Community in Austin

OneCommunity & Real Life Austin supports T.W. Ministries the first Saturday of each month with a volunteer team to assist with the Church service, meal and/or clothing distribution.  The services are usually at the North Door, 502 Brushy St. Austin, TX, 78702; located one block East of I-35 on the corner of Brushy Street and East 5th on the East side of the historic 501 Studios building.  Parking is available on the street or in the lot across the street.

Volunteer opportunities are:

–          Set up (11:30am) and tear down (3:00pm)

–          Visit with guests

–          Serve tea and water throughout service

–          Prayer; for T.W. during service, for guests to be receptive to T.W.’s message, during alter-call and with guests after message

–          Serve food after worship

–          Clean up restrooms and meeting area after service

 OneCommunity & Real Life Austin’s Saturdays in 2015 are January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6, July 4, August 1, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

In addition to Saturday services, T.W. Ministries maintains a Clothing Closet, Food Pantry and supports a Safe House for women.  T.W. Ministries has 6 special service events each year.  In 2014 these events will be:

–          Saturday April 4; Easter Celebration

–          Saturday June 6; Jesus’ Dirty Feet

–          Saturday July 4; 10 year Anniversary of T.W. Ministries

–          Saturday August 8; Back to School Drive for Section 8 families

–          Saturday November 21; Thanksgiving Service

–          Saturday December 19; Christmas Service

 

If you have any questions, please contact Mike Richards in person, by phone or email:  Mike Richards; 512-632-8378; mkrichards3@att.net