On October 11th-18th, we made our first trip to Ghana, West Africa since 2020. It was an administrative trip to explore the new village initiatives from Global Servants, set up the STEAM library at House of Grace Ghana, dedicate the dorm built in 2021, and see the latest additions to Trinity Foundation School. We also delivered the new technology for our international team that was purchased thanks to Giving Tuesday 2021. It was a celebratory week, made possible by your generous support and financial contributions.
According to the Minister of Health, the new dorm at House of Grace Ghana has become the standard for children’s homes in Ghana. On our first night in Accra, we visited a state-run orphanage, Osu, and met with a caregiver who has worked at the home for 19 years. The orphanage has over 200 occupants ranging in age from 1 day to 30 years. Some babies were abandoned by their mothers and brought straight to Osu from the maternity ward at the Police Hospital. Some adults with special needs, ages 30-40 years, have spent their entire lives at the orphanage and have nowhere else to go. Osu is their home, and they will remain there for the rest of their lives. The facility is state-funded and has been in existence for over 60 years.
Two children arrived on the day of our visit, left at the gate by their parents. There is a common denominator in all of the children’s stories: extreme poverty. Poor people worldwide work hard to care for their children and to provide for them in the worst situations. Generational poverty is an existence of survival. Every day you must worry about your basic needs: food, water, and shelter. When this is your life, you teach your children the same way of life. Relationships are non-existent because everyone competes for the same survival resources.
As we were leaving, the most complex emotion that hit me was the isolation and hopelessness these parents must feel as they leave their child at the hospital or the iron gate of an orphanage. They have no one there to say, “let me help you.” There are no grandparents, no aunties, no family friends, no one at all.
The culture at House of Grace, above everything else, is love. Love for God, love for one another, and love for yourself. Every girl at House of Grace immediately learns that she is a precious child of the King. The girls have a big destiny, a future, hope, and a promise. God has empowered them to change the generational legacy of their families. God has created opportunities for them, placed people in their path, and given them the intelligence and will to make changes for their future so that they, their children, and their grandchildren will reap the benefits. God has surrounded them with righteous women of purpose as examples of what He can do in their lives. These are strong, intelligent, and dedicated women who love and support them. They are women who pray for them and offer guidance, who see what they can be and not what they currently are. They surround them with vision, hope, and the desire to see them succeed. Not only do the girls have these women supporting them, they have the love of the entire House of Grace team, entire families from their church, teachers at Trinity Foundation School, football coaches, piano teachers, tutors, and many more. The circle of support these girls have is incredible.
Coming to House of Grace is a gift that brings unlimited possibilities for our girls. The opportunities made available to them because of the prayers and financial support of their sponsor families and other supporters of Global Servants are beyond comprehension. The love that people these girls may never meet have for them is unfathomable. They will always be part of a family – their sponsor family, the House of Grace family, and the family of believers who hold them close.
We are excited to share more details and photos from the trip, but first we want to express our deepest and most sincere gratitude for the sponsors, supporters, and donors that made all of this possible.