CHANGING LIVES! In the rural village of Vea in Upper East Region of Ghana, education is a privilege that far too few families can afford. Once children pass Junior High School, the next level is Senior Secondary, and is optional. Participation in Senior Secondary means the son or daughter is no longer home to work the crops. They are no longer home to weave baskets. They are no longer home to sell goods in the market. Beyond that, the financial burden is too much to bear. Financially, what does this cost? $500 per year. Yes. $500 per year. Something that sounds so small to most of us in the United States, in incomprehensible to the families of Vea.
HOW DOES SENIOR SECONDARY AFFECT A CHILD’S LIFE IN VEA? Senior Secondary offers these teens a chance to learn a trade. Even a chance to continue their education in pursuit of university. Continuing in school means a new life for the student, many of whom wish to return to the village as teachers, nurses and even agricultural engineers.
CHANGING THE TIDE! This year, we started a scholarship program that we are calling, “Talata’s Child.” Through the Talata’s Child Sponsorship and Real Life Missions, we are granting dreams of continuing high school to those students who have demonstrated achievement, volunteerism, and a desire to return to their community after school. This fall we reviewed our first applications and thanks to the gracious support of our Child Sponsors through Talata’s Child, we granted 12 scholarships. Eleven for senior secondary and one for nursing school.
Congratulations to our first scholarship recipients. The future is yours… Aim high. Dream big. Shine bright!
Want to know more about child sponsorship? Go to http://weareonecommunity.com/give/#sponsor to see how you can change a child’s life for good.
Let there be… light.
On our most recent trip to Vea, we were given 3 Luci Lights to test. I could not believe that an inflatable, color light, that weighs a few ounces, could possible light a room. Could enable a child to do homework at home, in a room with no electricity, no light. Could allow a grandmother to read her bible. Could allow a mother more hours to weave her precious, income providing baskets. These lights did just that.
Want to know how you can help? Check out our Give page. You can purchase a Luci light for a household for just $15. This will enable us to purchase the lights and transport them directly to the home in Vea. You can bring light into a child’s dark world
As 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 Child 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!
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.
1 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
2 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.
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!
Welcome to Talaata’s Child! Each Tuesday, One Community will highlight one of or many children, available for sponsorship. This is a GREAT way to learn more about the many children who need your help!
PHILEMON (ID# 1210)
Philemon is 14 years old and in P6 (6th grade). He loves to playing soccer with his friends.
Philemon lives with his parents and two siblings. His father is a farmer and her mother is a basket weaver.
Philemon needs your help! Philemon just took part in a medical screening and was discovered to have a very treatable condition. The problem is, his family makes barely the equivalent of $14 per month. Without sponsorship, ensuring he receives the medical treatment necessary is unlikely. Would you consider helping to support Philemon through Child Sponsorship?
Please click on the link below to see how you can partner with One Community to bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in the Upper East Region of Ghana.