Ghana Update | Changing Our Lives Through Changing Theirs

FABRIC ARRIVES IN VEA!

Today, while many students and children in America, go to school not giving much of a worry about what clothes they will wear, or if they have clothes to wear to school, this is not the case in Vea, Ghana. School uniforms are a requirement to attend school. Yet for many children, their families do not have the funds necessary to have uniforms made. Today, in Vea, this happened: Children were measured for their school uniforms.

This program is only available to the children of Vea, as result of our Child Sponsorship Program! We thank you for your ongoing support of this program, and for giving these children a fighting chance.

Over the next several days, the children we measured and the village seamstresses put to work, making these much-needed uniforms. The uniqueness of this project is not only are the children receiving needed uniforms, but the village seamstresses are receiving much-needed employment as we are paying them fare wages to sew the uniforms.

The lives of the children, as well as the lives of the men and women of Vea are being changed because of the kindness and generosity of strangers, who they have never met, like yourself, who sacrifice that one dinner out a month, or one stop at Starbucks each week, just so they can be part of making a difference in the lives of the children of Vea. Will you join me? Will you consider making such a sacrifice? A sacrifice of $40 each month, ensures children of Vea have food in their belly, immunization shots, school books and supplies as well as school uniforms. We cannot do it alone. It takes a village. It takes You… To sponsor, go to Talataschild.org

Look for the child that speaks to your heart.  #Bethechange #onecommunity#differencemaker #rllf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Update | Changing Our Lives Through Changing Theirs

FOOD ARRIVES IN VEA!

Today, while many students and children in America, go to school with bellies full, children in Vea, Ghana went to school and celebrated. Why? They celebrated the arrival of FOOD for the Children’s Feeding/Lunch Program. This program is only available to the children of Vea, as result of our Child Sponsorship Program! We thank you for your ongoing support of this program, and for giving these children a fighting chance.

 


Meet Audrey. I first met Audrey in 2013, during my first trip to Ghana. Audrey and many other children in Vea go home from with a full stomach, because of the kindness and generosity of strangers, who they have never met, like yourself, who sacrifice that one dinner out a month, or one stop at Starbucks each week, just so they can be part of making a difference in the lives of the children of Vea. Will you join me? Will you consider making such a sacrifice? A sacrifice of $40 each month, ensures children of Vea have food in their belly, immunization shots, school books and supplies as well as school uniforms. We cannot do it alone. It takes a village. It takes You… To sponsor, go to http://weareonecommunity.com/give/

Half-way down the page, you will see child sponsorship section. Complete the form and you will be assigned a child that is waiting for a sponsor. You will receive information on your child within the next week. #Bethechange #onecommunity#differencemaker #rllf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Update | Changing Our Lives Through Changing Theirs

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Meet my friend, Audrey. I first met Audrey in 2013, when she was just 3 years old when she followed me around the village, everywhere I went, during my first visit to Vea. Now she is in 2nd grade and needs your help. Did you know that by helping children like Audrey, you also help yourself? You help yourself by experiencing the joy and love of giving selflessly to others before giving to oneself. You help yourself by experiencing what it is like to be a difference maker; a changemaker. You are forever changed by the letters you received back, expressing gratitude for the simple things, such as a pencil, a notebook, bubbles. More importantly for the life changing things like, clean water food to eat.

Audrey and many other children in Vea go home from with a full stomach, because of the kindness and generosity of strangers, who they have never met, like yourself, who sacrifice that one dinner out a month, or one stop at Starbucks each week, just so they can be part of making a difference in the lives of the children of Vea. Will you join me? Will you consider making such a sacrifice? A sacrifice of $40 each month, ensures children of Vea have food in their belly, immunization shots, school books and supplies as well as school uniforms. We cannot do it alone. It takes a village. It takes You… To sponsor, go to http://weareonecommunity.com/give/

Half-way down the page, you will see child sponsorship section. Complete the form and you will be assigned a child that is waiting for a sponsor. You will receive information on your child within the next week. #Bethechange #onecommunity#differencemaker #rllf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Update | We Praise You That We Have Another Day

Sun. Land that is dry. Food and grain that is quickly depleting with the poor harvest year. Stomachs that are running on empty. Yet what do they do on Sunday? They speak of Heaven as a place where there will be no pain, full bellies and joy with their Father. They sing and they dance. Oh how they dance. It is dancing with a joy that cannot be described with words but felt deep in the very core of your being. In your soul. They dance and give Him Praise because they have lived another day.

We come into worship begrudgingly. We stand in church lobbies waiting for just one more song to finish before walking into worship centers. Why? So as Francis Chan puts it in His James study, we are like that 500 lb person, who wants to just sit and be fed. We cannot even bother to give Him praise with our voices and through worshiping him in song. Yet, we want to be fed. WE WANT OTHERS TO FEED US. Yet, who are WE feeding?

When we cannot even pay honor and show our joy through song, how can we show joy and love to those outside the church?

There are many ways to demonstrate our love and our thanks for another day, but one is to give another, another day. Our One Community Child Sponsorship program does just that. Through our Child Sponsorship, we are giving a child a full tummy for just one more day. We are giving a family a few less mouths to feed, so they themselves can eat and be around to care for their babies, their children. Through sponsorship, you give a child a chance to make it to the next Sunday, to dance, to sing, and to demonstrate their praise for another day.

This season, food is scarce. Nearly as scarce as I’ve ever witnessed. I for one, cannot see a child go hungry and starve, yet come to church on Sunday smiling and singing about how Great is their God. God IS great, and he has shown us the example of how we should live.

Later today, I will send out links on how to sponsor a child. I will also download the pictures and videos. I just couldn’t wait for wifi to get this sent.

As many of you are waking and getting ready to go to church, ask yourself, how will YOU show your praise for another day? How will you be part of the change and part of the hope for others who praise so easily…with empty bellies and full hearts…

To Sponsor a child, please go to:

 

Let there be Light…

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

http://weareonecommunity.com/give/

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!