Life Lately

13781773_641261586029931_1386308096329648396_n.jpg

Life lately has been crazy, overwhelming, spontaneous, busy and amazing.

Each day is completely different and has its own set of challenges and it’s own beautiful moments where your heart wants to explode because it can’t handle how GREAT God is. I am learning more and more and more about what it means to trust God. To truly acknowledge that His ways are higher than ours, and that His thoughts are higher than ours. Even when you are faced with bad situations where things seem to be impossible. I am learning more about love from the children this past month. These children have an amazing ability to love, and to show love after they have been mistreated and could easily become cold and angry. Yet they love because they have come to know they are home, and that they are safe. Each child inspires me, because I see their resilience, and I see how they refused to be denied a great future.

I am getting used to the power going out multiple times a day. The inconsistent wifi, hence  my lack of blogging. I have killed more bugs in this week than every before. It amazes me how I am able to do this without screaming 😉 I have gotten used to all crazy things about my new life in Africa, and I have been loving it. I have given up on blow drying my hair, and wash my laundry by hand:) The frogs at night, the daily visits from our neighbours goats and chickens. The fact that the kids like to give me corn rows everyday! Teaching them how to read and watching them get excited about learning, it has been so great. Except the rooster that starts in about 2:30 am, on the dot. I mean how does he do that!

I said I would be posting about the dedication week, but I haven’t gotten time and my time I do have is never enough to fully describe what that week meant to me. So I will share with you the video that was created during this week, so you can see with your eyes what Project Nyame Nsa is all about! Here is the link, grab a cup of coffee, sit back  relax and enjoy!

http://www.projectnyamensa.org/pnn-videos/

“Whenever I am anxious and worried, you comfort me and you make me glad.” Pslam 94:19

The best investment you can make…

During the dedication week which I will be posting about later this week Terry Meeuwsen our partner and founder of Orphan’s Promise made a comment that will never leave me.

It’s not enough to make a lot of money, it’s not enough to live in big houses. You want to make your mark on the world. And I admire that, that is a God call on your life.

The world will have loud voices that will try to deter you from that, don’t listen.

Because the only game in town that matters, is the game that touches lives. You see none of the things we have not our clothing, not our houses, not our possessions  we don’t get to take any of it with us. There’s only thing we get to take, other people. So you have opportunity to invest in something of eternal significance. Not everybody gets that.

It’s simple but has the ability to make an extraordinary impact on this world. Each person has the ability to change generations. It’s about seeing investment in a new light, and uncovering the God call on your life. I have seen these children open up in the past two weeks. Their frowns have turned to smiles, with the most beautiful sounding laughter.I have seen them act like kids again. Investing in others is the most valuable thing a person can do, because in the end that is what matters, that is what has eternal significance. Think about this, in the end, you will leave the world as you came. Alone, what on earth that you have made or earned can you take with you? None of it. Just like Terry said, the only thing you get to take with you is other people so think about the opportunity to invest in something that truly matters. Don’t listen to the world and what it tells you is important or meaningful, listen to God and don’t be afraid to be set apart.

 

IMG_1513.jpg
Cutting the ribbon with Terry Meeuswen a beautiful, loving and wise women of God.

2 weeks in…

“This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12

It’s been two weeks exactly since my last post. I had the mentality that I would be able to post everyday these past two weeks, and man was I wrong.

I tried, I would sit down and write trying to capture every moment, every detail, every heartbreak and every joy these past two weeks. It seemed impossible because not even words would put my emotions and experiences meeting the children and introducing them to their new home into words. Project Nyame Nsa hosted over 50 people from 7 different countries to come and celebrate the opening of the Village of Hope. So we had planned a full week of exploring and interacting with our kids and other communities. There were so many highlights from these past two weeks that I feel overwhelmed with joy. I might be writing a little bit about each experience this week so anyone who was not on the trip could know more about what we did, and I just might have to post a video;)

As of right now I am sitting my in my living room, the rooster woke me up so I will never need an alarm clock, my parents left at 5 am this morning, we said it was a see you later, not a goodbye.

The past two days we have been unloading the containers, organizing the chapel and library and having a lot of play time with the kids before we adjust to their everyday routine. There are so many major changes in my life, and the kids lives. I have seen them transform more in this week than I thought could have been possible, its been so incredible what love, attention and stability can do for someone who hasn’t received it. The kids are really amazing, and I am not just saying that I see so much potential in each and everyone and they are sooooo different from one another. I feel like I can write a blog post on each one! Even though they have come from such horrible situations they have so much love to give, and so much personality, I know this job is far from easy, but it is one I know I am capable of doing with the help of God and PNN partners in Ghana, and I am excited to see what transformations this week brings.

Before my parents left they we had time to just be together, my parents told me how much they loved me, how proud they were and more importantly that I could call on them for whatever I needed because they were always going to be there for me. I know this sounds so simple, because we have all heard it before, but my stability growing up came from my parents telling me these things. These simple phrases shaped me into becoming the person that I am today, because I knew what it meant to have love and family in my life.

We have all felt it before, we have all known it before.

Now just imagine if you never had, where do you think you’d be?

I thought about the kids and how different their families would have been like if they never came, or if they ever knew what family really meant. This is what Project Nyame Nsa’s Village of Hope is all about. Providing family, hope, love and a future for these kids.

IMG_0177.jpg
My father, our Orphan’s Promise partners, Mary and Desi welcoming some of the kids home last week!

 

 

1 hour till takeoff 

Today is the day.. I have a feeling I will be using this phrase a lot in the next month or two during my move to Ghana. I have been dreaming of this moment for what feels like a lifetime. After years of waiting, it is here and it feels surreal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There aren’t words that seem adequate to describe how I’m feeling with an hour before our flight. July 2010 was the first time I ever flew to Africa with my dad. And here we are sitting here six years later! These past 6 years have brought so much change for me as a person, an organization was created, I would go on to graduate high school and college, money was raised, lives are being transformed and God is being glorified through it all. If someone were to tell me what these past six years would have brought before I boarded that first flight to Accra, Ghana I would have merely laughed.

But that is how God works. If God were to lay out your five year plan, we would get so incredibly overwhelmed, and we would be worrying about the bigger picture. God wants us to fully trust him, with the small decisions so that he can lead us into something bigger and better for our lives. My first step was saying yes to go, and then allowing myself to be humbled before God as I was so exposed to devastation, and poverty that overwhelmed me.Yet God and his faithfulness in the desires of my heart had overwhelmed me more, so that I wasn’t looking at a dead end, but entering into his call for my life to be a light and show love with everyone that I have met. So often people would ask me
“are you scared” 

“what if you get sick”

“how could you not be afraid” 

before leaving the states. My response… I have perfect peace, not from myself from God the creator of this earth. He has created me with a purpose and this is what I love most, something that I could never imagine straying away from. Something I could never turn my back on. So my answer is no, I am not scared, afraid or nervous because the creator of this world created me for this very reason, and God would never call me to do something that he would not equip me for.

1 hour until my flight departs, let’s hope my mind doesn’t race during this ten hour flight about the children I will be meeting tomorrow for the very first time…

The children who are moving into the Orphanage tomorrow, the children who have had no love, family for their entire life.

After tomorrow that will all change, and they will have a family because God has not forgotten them he has chosen them for a much greater destiny! So please keep tomorrow in your prayers that these children will not feel overwhelmed or nervous moving into their first home, that God would comfort them and give them joy and peace that any traumatic situation they’ve been through is gone now. Because they are safe, and they are coming home.

I can’t believe I am finally saying it…but from here on out I am GHANA BOUND!

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 14:18