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Volunteer in Ghana” In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir. Here is a glimpse into my incredible journey to new perspectives and little girls who wouldn’t leave my side or stop smiling at me. We didn’t speak the same language but that didn’t matter, I believe we truely made a difference in so many lives.

“What does love look like, is the question I’ve been pondering. What does love look like? I once believed that love was romance, just a chance. I even thought that love was for the lucky, or the beautiful. I once believed that love was a momentary bliss, but love is more than this. If all of life comes down to love, than love has to be more than sentiment, more than selfishness and selfish gain.” -Misty Edwards

VARAS- Ghana

Volunteers with Esinam

I didn’t realize how much this trip would change me, how much it would change the way I saw people in general. I truly fell that I gained a new perspective on love, on how papa God loves me and how I should love others. You hear so often in the States, people trying to raise funds for people in Africa and it becomes so commonplace. So insignificant. But we forget that there is a person on the other side of that. A real human being with needs, emotions, and extreme vulnerability. Going to Ghana, seeing first hand how the littlest things can make the biggest difference, you realize how truly insignificant so many material things are. You realize not to take a single thing for granted, and there are people out there who really need hope and our help. We got to experience the kindness of the village, the true heart of the expression “Meawazo” or “You are welcome”, the pure explosive joy of children who get to play with balloons for the first time, who stared at you, copying every silly dance move of the “Evoos”. One of my all time favorite parts was when I got to meet this angel, Esinam. I can’t express how honored I was to play the guitar we were able to bring overseas for her, donated by Guitars for Glory. I played while she sang her favorite hymn. It was followed by showing her basic skills to practice since she loves music and wants to use it to be a missionary one day (she will get more lessons from a friend in the community for sustainability of this gift). Esinam has a rare disorder that caused her to have extensive benign facial tumors and isn’t allowed to attend the local schools since she scares the other kids. She is getting surgery soon to attempt to correct the disfiguration but she is struggling so terribly with self worth and giving the gift of music is one way we are trying to bring joy into her life, to show her that she is valuable regardless of her disorder. We were able to look her in the eyes and tell her that she is important, that she can do anything, that we believe in her. Those kind of experiences are priceless.

~ Madelynn R. Lovelady

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