Sponsorship Update | Changing Our Lives Through Changing Theirs

UNIFORMS ARRIVE IN VEA!

This morning, while we in America we were sound asleep here in America, children in Vea, Ghana were receiving school uniforms.

For 140 children, they no longer will arrive to school in torn, old uniforms. Many children no longer had uniforms they could even wear to school. For our sponsored children, today they received their new school uniforms! In addition to our sponsored children, we provided uniforms to all of the NEW Kinder children. Uniforms in Ghana are required in order to attend school. We are fortunate in Vea, that the wonderful Headmaster, does not require his teachers send children home who are either, not in uniform, or are in soiled, ripped, “unpresentable” uniforms, but rather works with the families. In turn, we have dedicated to each year, not only help the sponsored children receive uniforms throughout the year, but also to provide uniforms to the new students, and any students that Headmaster alerts us, cannot afford their uniform.

Each year, through One Community and Talata’s Child, we have uniforms made, hiring the seamstresses and tailors of Vea, to make school uniforms. In doing so, we not only impact the family of the child receiving the uniform, but we impact the seamstresses and tailors’ families, by bringing jobs into their community.

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.

(Pictures below are before and after receiving their uniforms)

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Will you join me in being a part of this important effort in Ghana? 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, supplies as well as school uniforms and Secondary school scholarships. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsorship Update | Changing Our Lives Through Changing Theirs

SCHOLARSHIPS ARRIVE IN VEA!

This weekend, while we in America were coming out of our Thanksgiving turkey stooper, watching football and spending time with our loved ones, young adults on the other side of the world were receiving their own blessings.

For 14 young adults, the Secondary School Sponsorship program, part of the Talata’s Child Sponsorship & One Community Missions Program, the sponsorship dollars they receive enable them to receive a secondary education. Without these funds, school after middle school would only be a dream.

Each year, together with the school headmaster for middle school and elementary school, as well as working closely with a committee from the community, the best and brightest are selected to receive a scholarship that pays their tuition and fees for the academic year. The parents, relatives, and student contribute by paying their boarding expenses (secondary school in Ghana is boarding). Through this, we are creating a partnership and proving a leg-up, rather than just a hand-out.

This year, the president of Ghana passed a new bill, making secondary school FREE to all starting Secondary School this fall (2017) in Ghana. This is very big and exciting news! As result of this, we are continuing to fulfill the scholarships to those who received them over the past three years and we are now supporting those entering in 2017 who need assistance with transportation costs to get to/from the boarding school. We will also begin to explore support for the post-secondary school students, for programs like NURSING!

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.

(Headmaster Matthew distributing the scholarship to a local family)

 

Will you join me in being a part of this important effort in Ghana? 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, supplies as well as school uniforms and Secondary school scholarships. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…acts of Love & Good Works

 

24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another…  Hebrews 10: 24-25

Unity & Life Change!

Life Change. There are no other words to express what is happening through this team. Many question the value and significance of short-term mission trips. Wouldn’t the country and people be better off if we simply took the funds from our trips and supported them financially? Keep reading and you will see, this is not about what money can buy, but rather what God can provide.

Our team in the Dominican Republic is learning so much about unity. Not only the unity they are experiencing as a team, but the unity Real Life has with Cristo, Luz de las Naciones Church in Barahona province. The photo above is a great example of that unity. Our women joined with the women of the local church, for a bible study. The time included prayer, worship, fellowship, devotion and a whole lot of love and laughter! While Day 1 of the study, the women made bracelets with words that were special to them…on Day 2, they decorated aprons with those words for them to visually demonstrate their faith publicly as well as in their homes.  While this was a first for many of these women to be sharing publicly about their faith, our team leader Tonya has this to say, 

“We took a leap of faith in this ministry. The women here simply ask for us to pray for their families, the health of their families, etc.  This is the first ‘life group’ like this here.  They typically study the Bible in church and with their families.  We are sharing with them what life groups have done for us.  People we can rely on, pray with, cry with, celebrate with and learn about Jesus with.  They will be continuing the book study after we leave.”

Women’s ministry ended on Wednesday with a boutique! Our team painted their nails, played games, continued the bible study and then, blessed the women by having them “shop” through the 150lbs of clothing that our Real Life family donated! The women were so grateful and appreciative. Bringing tears of joy and thanks.

Children’s ministry continued through Wednesday. The team played games associated with the Bible verses, gave all of the boys baseball caps and the girls pink bracelets.

While hearts are full, they also ache…

“We continue to love on these people and their children. It is a little tough to eat here without feeling emotional, for the kids watching you from the outside through the glassless window.”

Today the team will be spending the morning at the orphanage, and concluding the day with baptisms in the afternoon. So far, we know at least 10 people from the church expressed their desire for baptism!

 

Please, continue to pray for our team and for those they are ministering to. Together, they are changing the world… One Community at at time!

 

It’s all about Water & Building Walls!

 

“…but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  John 4:14

Water = Life!

Yes, that’s right. Water does equal life. Our Real Life team has brought clean drinking water into 6 homes already. Teaching the homeowner how to use and clean the filter, so they can have clean pure water. The families were very happy and excited to be receiving a filter – – – no more need to buy drinking water (can use the money to provide food for the family), and no more intestinal concerns due to parasites in the drinking water. Additionally, the family was introduced to the church pastor and invited to worship services. The families selected for the filters have also agreed to share their pure water with their neighbors. The local pastor and leaders from the church will check on these filters throughout the year. This allows them to also check on the family and continue to bring them the Good News of Jesus Christ, so they can not only have pure water, but also learn about the Living Water…

The team also assisting in building a wall at the church. Carrying cinder blocks, shoveling sand and pebbles, mixing cement and carrying it all down a slope to the construction site. True labor of love for our team and the village!”but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  John 4:14

Additionally, on Monday, the team lead the first Women’s Ministry Study! To quote, Tonya, the team lead: “It was awesome!!! I cannot even explain how these women prayed for each other and the community and their families. It was so good to see them in community with each other. Each of them made bracelets with words important to them: FE, AMORE, VALOR, etc..”

The kids’ ministry played four square, jump rope, bubbles. They made salvation bracelets and used the EvangeCubes to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Following this, they held a bible study with the kids of the village.

Please, continue to pray for our team and for those they are ministering to. Together, they are changing the world… One Community at at time!

 

 

It’s all about COMMUNITY!

 

 

Following church, our team went out into the community. They conducted a prayer walk, praying for the people in the village, inviting them to church as well as presenting the gospel to them through the Evangacube. The Evangacube is an amazing way to evangelize to others through pictures!

 

Sunday afternoon, the team was trained on water filter installation, and that night, the team held a rooftop worship.  Truly seeing lives changed!

 

 

Sunday Worship!

 

Our Dominican Team is ready for church!  It is Sunday, June 4th and our team is ready along with all these precious children! They arrived and are seated ready for worship, and service has not even begun! WOW! They are early and ready to give Him praise & glory!!! We could learn so much from these sweet faces!

 

Additionally, On Sunday, Pastor Eddy shared his vision of his church and community – – – he told us how God is leading to meet the needs of the many hungry people,  housing concerns, need for clean water, lack of parenting education, plus many more concerns.  It was a joy to pray for Pastor Eddy, the church, and the community!

During the remainder of this week, the team will be working hard, delivering clean water, providing for a women’s bible study, playing with the children, loving on the orphanage as well as bringing children and adults alike the story of Christ and Salvation!

 

 

 

They have arrived!

 

Our Dominican Team has arrived in Santo Domingo! They will be heading to dinner then onto the bus for the trek to Barahona!  They should be tired; been at the airport since 4am. But no way! Look at those smiles!!! They are ready to experience one of the most life changing weeks of their lives! Will it be tiring? Yes. Will it be emotional? Yes. Will it be hot? Yes. Will they be missing many of the comforts of home? Yes. Will they forever be changed? ABSOLUTELY!!!  Our prayers and love go out to this incredible team!

Prayers for our Dominican Team

Today, June 3rd, our Real Life/OneCommunity Dominican Team departed for the Barahona province of Dominican Republic. They will be spending 6 days loving on and being loved by the people, congregation and community of the Christ, Light of Nations Church.  They will be bringing clean water to homes along the story of Jesus & Salvation to many. This year the team, of mostly women, will also be bringing a bible study to the church’s women. Something the village church has been praying for.

Additionally, the team is bringing sports equipment, children’s games, and items for the women in the village, all thanks to the love and support of our Real Life community. THANK YOU!

Please check back here regularly, to see updates from the team! Below you will see the prayer calendar. We ask you to pray for our team as they minister to our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic!