Partnering with friends in Ghana, West Africa in education, rural development, and relationships.
Ghana Trip Recap: June 2015
By Judi Lashley
"From June 18-27, Nic Thompson, Aubrie Ross, Amy Hubble, Madison Callaway, Ashley Myers, Chelsea West, and I went to Ghana, West Africa to encourage and love Ernest – and hundreds of YOU loved and encouraged him too.
Ernest is eight years old. He and his five brothers and sisters lost both of their parents when he was just a toddler. His oldest brother tried to keep the family together, but since he could find little work, the children weren’t able to go to school or even eat. Christians in their village, noticing this family’s dire situation, contacted Village of Hope, who adopted Ernest. He now has food, an education, parents who love and care for him and most importantly, teach him to love Jesus. It was so much fun getting to play with Ernest, one of the 16 precious children that we sponsor!
(Aubrie Ross with Ernest - left - and Richmond - right)
In addition, with your help and encouragement, our mission also focused. Encouraging and nurturing our relationship with Village of Hope orphanage, have developed with these children over the years. We delivered letters and school supplies donated by children at Memorial Road Church of Christ to our 16 sponsored children, and hosted a party for them. We taught a Bible class, conducted
devotionals, encouraged the house parents, and spent lots of time playing and visiting with all of the children. Supporting the evangelistic efforts of the local Ghanaian minsters, by meeting physical needs of the villagers. We partnered with local ministers in providing support to needy, destitute families in rural Ghana by distributing large quantities of children’s clothing, nutritional bars, and vitamins.
(Arbonne Nutirtion Bars being given to needy families in a rural Ghanaian village.)
We also provided building maintenance and teaching materials to two rural village schools.
Supporting the vocational training program sponsored by Village of Hope, which trains and educates destitute teenagers who were rescued from living in the streets of the slums of Accra. Hundreds of you accompanied us to Ghana – through your participation in Walk for Hope, by writing letters to the children at the orphanage, by providing nutrition for malnourished families, by sponsoring a child at the
Village of Hope, through so many generous donations, and in your prayers. YOU helped us show Christ’s love and hope to the unloved and hopeless, like Ernest.
(Ernest and friends)