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!

 

And they are off… almost!

Did you know, that in 6 days, we have a team of 7 departing for Kenya, then continuing on with our Kenya team of 3 to go to Uganda? In Uganda they will be working closely with Irene Kaziba​ & Moses Kaziba​ through Mustard Seed Faith Communities. We have a wonderful team coming with much needed medical supplies (including a RN; PA & MD) as well as a quilting instructor (and many supplies) who will be working with the sewing community to help further their business’ through the Mustard Seed Micro-loans in Iganga and surrounding bush communities.

In 7 days, we will have a Medical Team departing for Ghana! Together with CMRF (a medical mission program located inn the capital of Accra), we will travel to Upper East and Vea, Ghana for a much needed and anticipated 4 day medical clinic. Together with CMRF we will be 5 MDs; 3 residents; 1 OT; 6 RN’s; 2 Pharmacists; Audio/Visual team of 4; 2 dentists; 4 counselors; 5 support team members (working with children and assisting clinic in general); 6 interpreters. We plan to see upwards of 9,000 people over the 4 days.

Prayers for all of our teams that our in their final days of preparations, that they are granted a peaceful and open heart. That they maintain a flexible spirit and our open to see LifeChange occur before their eyes… in those who’s lives they touch, but also in themselves.KLM

Real Life & One Community send our team to Kenya!

Our Kenya team has arrived in Murang’a! After a long journey, I am so happy to report that they had NO issues at customs (carrying quite a bit of much needed medical supplies, which are at risk of either high taxes or finding their way out of the bags and into customs agent’s hands and pockets). Also, zipped right through the immigration counter! God is good! They will be working on many projects, from health screening to some construction efforts. Joining them in one week will be the team continuing on with them to Uganda.

Please join us as we pray for their journey! Will post updates here as they come in! Thank you Alan Buddy Henderson​ Madison Emert Jolliff​ & Adam Jolliff as you continue to Change the World!Kenya Team

Ursula Akurugu: A story of hurt, forgiveness and faith. Changing the world, through the community of Vea.

 

 

 

In the remote village of Vea in Northern Ghana, an 11 year old girl named Ursula was sold to pay a debt. The family that bought her forced her to work long hours and abused her physically and mentally. After 5 years of hell on earth, one night a voice woke Ursula up and she heard distinctly, “RUN!” (She later found out that men in the village were coming to rape and kill her that very night.) She fled Vea with the clothes on her back and eventually found shelter and safety with a family from the UK.

Over time, Ursula found the power of faith and the hope to live, but struggled with forgiving those who had been so cruel to her. She told her new friends that she would never go back to the village and would never let go of the bitterness in her heart.

Ten years later, a severe famine caused by a widespread drought in Northern Ghana struck Vea. Ursula began to hear about the suffering of her people and children starving and her heart melted with compassion. She used all of her relationships to rally help for the village of Vea. Three trucks of food and supplies rolled into the village with Ursula leading the way.

When she arrived in the village, Ursula had a strong aching in her heart. She knew, deep in her soul, where that first bag of rice must be delivered. With that, she delivered the first bag of rice to the family that abused her. That one act of kindness sent a shockwave of goodwill through the village. It also allowed Ursula to meet with the chief (the first woman to be allowed a meeting at the sacred stone). The chief, who had originally declared that all children would stay in the village no matter how desperate because “we will all die together” sat with Ursula and listened to her plea to release several of the children to Ursula, so she could take them to safety. As result of this plea, 12 kids were allowed to leave that day.

Ursula and her husband David now live near Vea, helping orphans labeled  “demon children” by the village or sold into slavery to pay a debt. Everyone in Vea knows her story and she has helped hundreds of children. One woman is changing an entire village and proving that love is stronger than hate, hope is stronger than hurt and forgiveness is the greatest force in the world.

Please join OneCommunity as we welcome Ursula, and her husband David, to Texas this May!  OneCommunity will be sponsoring several events, in Austin, Corpus & Victoria, TX, for the public to come and hear Ursula’s story of love, fear, triumph and forgiveness.  Learn more about how, together with Ursula and David, OneCommunity is bringing continued change to the community and children of Vea!  If you are interested in attending an event, please email us at info@WeAreOneCommunity.com and OneCommunity will add you to our event calendar.

 

TALAATA’S CHILD: April 21, 2015

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!

MEET AWINPOKA!

AWINPOKA (ID# 934)

#934; Awinpoka, A (F) Age 8

 

 

Awinpoka is 8 years-old, and is in the 1st Grade at Vea Primary School. Awinpoka loves to spend her free time with her , playing Ampe (a local game involving some pretty amazing dancing) & Reading!

Awinpoka has 4 siblings, ages 10, 7, 6 and 5.  All 5 children live with their parents, along with other close extended family.  Awinpoka’s father is local farmer, farming both millet and harvesting reeds used for both weaving and cooking fuel. Her mother is one of the village’s many basket weavers.

Awinpoka needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in Upper East Ghana.  www.WeAreOneCommunity.com/give

TALAATA’S CHILD: April 14, 2015

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!

MEET MOSES!

MOSES (ID# 149)

#149: MOSES, N; MALE, AGE 11; GRADE 4

 

 

Moses is 11 years-old, and is in the 4th Grade at Vea Primary School. Moses loves to spend his free time with his brother, playing Football (Soccer)!

Moses has 1 brother and 2 sisters.  All 3 children live with their parents, along with other close extended family.  Moses’ father is local farmer, farming both millet and harvesting reeds used for both weaving and cooking fuel.  His mother is one of the village’s many basket weavers.

Moses needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in Upper East Ghana.  www.WeAreOneCommunity.com/give

TALAATA’S CHILD: April 7, 2015

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!

MEET ANABA!

ANABA (ID# 1144)

#1144: ANABA NSOH , MALE, AGE 14; GRADE 2

Anaba is 14 years-old, and is in the 2nd Grade at Vea Primary School. Anaba loves to spend his free time with his twin brother, playing Football (Soccer)!

Anaba has 1 brother (his twin) and 1 sister.  All 3 children live with their parents, along with several aunts, uncles, and cousins.  Anaba’s father is local farmer, farming both millet and harvesting reeds used for both weaving and cooking fuel.  His mother is one of the village’s many basket weavers.

Anaba needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in Upper East Ghana.  www.WeAreOneCommunity.com/give

Talaata’s Child

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!

MEET EMMANUELLA!

EMMANUELLA (ID# 806)

Emmanuella (#806) Grade 2, Age 9

Emmanuella (#806) Grade 2, Age 9

Emmanuella is 9 years-old, and is in the 2nd Grade at Vea Primary School. Emmanuella loves to spend her free time reading and learning.

Emmanuella has 3 brothers and 2 sisters.  All 6 children live with their grandmother, who is blind.  Blindness and/or vision impairment is a common occurrence in Vea, as a result of a lack of clean water for both consumption and hygiene. Sponsorship of a child in Vea helps ensure that no child lives with unsafe, unclean water.

Emmanuella needs your help! Please clink on the link below to see how you can partner with OneCommunity to help bring hope to the hopeless and put smiles on the faces of the children in a village called Vea in Upper East Ghana.  www.WeAreOneCommunity.com/give