Happy and Radical Forgiveness

This is Happy, a 17-year-old woman in our Ghanaian program. She’s currently studying to be a cook and wants to own her own business someday, a restaurant she’ll call “Happy’s Place.” Her smile is contagious, and she is a leader among her peers. She’s extremely intelligent and speaks English fluently after only three years of learning. But a history of hardship has led her to where she is today, and Happy attributes her healing to the power of Forgiveness.

If you get a chance to listen to her tell her whole life story, you’ll probably wonder why she can still have so much joy. After all, her father sold her into slavery when she was a young child–dehumanizing her into a piece of property. She faced brutal conditions under a vicious master who forced her to work long hours on Lake Volta. This man beat her regularly as she was commanded to maintain a fishing boat. He would deny her food and sleep, snatching away her basic rights. Ultimately, Happy’s master robbed her of her childhood.

But she doesn’t hold it against him. In fact, she hopes to buy him food someday.

Touch A Life rescued Happy from her master when she was 14-years-old. Today, she’s free from bondage.

A few years after her release from captivity, Happy saw her old master by chance one day.

We could tell you what happened, but we’ll let her tell you herself. Here is Happy talking about the beauty of forgiveness:

Happy and Radical Forgiveness by touchalife

“…My master, God loves him so much…I’ve forgiven him for all he’s done in my life,” she says. “I don’t keep it in my heart. When I see him, I will greet him. In my future…when I have money, I will buy him food to eat.”

Happy understands the power of forgiveness because she’s forgiven powerfully. Someday, if you’re in Ghana, we hope that you’ll stop by and eat at Happy’s Place.

Happy will be there to greet you with a smile.


  • Dave & Ellen Bartlett says:

    Oh! We love Happy so much! She truly is the face of redemption – Dave & Ellen Bartlett

  • Tammy Garrett says:

    What a beautiful story! There are no words to adequately describe the transformation that can take place in the lives of rescued children.

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