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On the Edge

  I am on the edge of something that demands my attention. Have you been there? The edge is an uncomfortable place. It requires a leap of faith or backing up, because living there isn’t a viable option. When I was asked to prayerfully consider taking a trip with a select few on a vision trip to visit Touch A Life’s Care Center in Ghana, my heart leapt at the opportunity. This would be something that would fulfill a 13 year dream: going to Africa and searching out a calling I’d felt at 16 years old. However, my reality told a different story. Due to recent changes in our family’s dynamic, my team leader insisted I seriously consider raising support for my travel expenses, which was the LAST thing I wanted to do. She shared something that TAL’s Co-Founder Pam Cope had said to her in the beginning conversations: “You just need to get your feet back on African soil and watch what God shows you there. He provides big time. Just go, you’ll see.” With these words on replay in my head, constantly shuffling through my day, I strategically began sharing my story. I told of my hopes and […]

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What’s My Name?

“What’s my name?” A new volunteer will hear that time and time again during their stay at the Care Center in Kumasi. When I take teams, we always send out a master list of all the kids bios in advance so that the group can learn a few names + faces before they arrive. It will take time and effort to study their beautiful, little faces and find one thing that will set them apart from the other 82 children and teenagers. Remember the story that God will leave the 99 and go after the one? I think that is the scripture that I am reminded of with these children. They are all so beautiful in the eyes of God. He wants them called by name. The Touch A Life children come from horrific backgrounds and carry heartbreaking stories of abandonment and rejection. They have been orphaned or sold by their parents into a life of slavery. I ask myself: How does one find self worth in life again after watching money or livestock exchanged for their freedom? I don’t know. I personally cannot wrap my head around the betrayal these innocent souls have been asked to endure. Taking care […]

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What can I do that will make a difference?

For so many of us, that question stirs up a place of doubt and shame. We believe the lie, deep down, that we’re not unique enough. Gifted enough. Rich enough… to make a true impact. So we give up, allowing shame and guilt to whisper in our ears ‘not enough’ in new ways. What if we turned that question around? Turned it into a challenge. A kind of kindling that sparks new inspiration. For years I walked through my days with a desire to speak life into survivors and tell them how strong, worthy, talented and more than enough they are. But I didn’t know where to start so I did nothing but listen to the echo of “not enough” in my head. Until one day I decided something was better than nothing. Starting small was still a start. That’s when The Arise Box began. One Christmas, with help from generous donations, I filled 50 care packages and sent them to local survivors who were recovering in safe homes. In order to keep going, I began building a subscription box that used part of the profits to fund more care packages and empower human trafficking survivors. The Arise Box is […]

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Bakery and Maintenance Update

Papa Ken's Bakery

At Touch A Life, we are constantly striving to make improvements at the Care Center that help us to be self-sustaining. This type of sustainability is important as it helps us to stretch our funds further and better empower the children and staff in Ghana. It allows us to be kinder to the environment and, above all, it helps us to be the very best benefactors of the funds we receive from you, our generous and loyal friends. You have contributed steadily to our Maintenance Fund, which gives us the ability to continually make upgrades at the facility that benefit the children, the staff, and the environment. The bakery is a project that we are specifically excited about from a sustainability perspective. Over the years, we’ve tilled the soil on our land at the Care Center and planted crops that yield delicious fruits and vegetables, which we can then use to prepare nutritious meals for the children and staff. Head houseparent Mr. Morgan has led the charge in choosing Ghana-appropriate crops, like corn, okra, peppers, and onions, to plant and grow. We also raise chickens, which we use for food. The next step was the bakery, which gives us the […]

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