Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I refuse to be the person that does nothing! I refuse to be the person who doesn’t have the time! I refuse to be the person that turns away from someone in need! I refuse to do nothing just because I can’t do everything!
Several months ago, I watched a video from a friend about a children’s home in Ghana, Africa. The Father’s House would be a new home for boys that would be rescued from being sold (yes, SOLD!) into slavery (yes, SLAVERY!). Yes, these things happen…even if we don’t want to know about it. It happens; 3, 4, 5 year little boys sold by their parents to slave-masters. The masters work those little boys 14-20 hours a day on fishing boats on Lake Volta. The boys’ names are listed as property in spiral notebooks. It’s sickening. They are beaten, malnourished, neglected, and sometimes die trying to do the work. The video was heartbreaking. Something happened to me, inside of my heart, as I watched the video. It was a slide show of pictures and there was a boy whose picture I can still see in my mind. His eyes were deep, dark and sad. I could not turn away from the screen. God said, look at this. Don’t turn away because it’s too hard to see. Don’t turn away because you feel helpless to do anything. Don’t turn away!
And that’s when it started. God revived a dream I had long ago buried in my heart. A dream to help children that have no voice, a dream to help children who think the whole world has just forgotten about them. A dream to make a significant difference in the world around me!
It’s overwhelming, I know. I see the tragedy and hear the stories and all I want to do is get there, pick up every single child, and bring them to my house. But that’s not just unrealistic…it’s IMPOSSIBLE. And, even if were possible, it wouldn’t really help in the long term.
So where does that leave me? What do I do? How can I, just one person, a wife and mother in Charlotte NC, help thousands and thousands of little children all the way across the world? I can help because I have a voice. I can speak up for these children who can’t speak up for themselves. I can say, HEY, look at them! Don’t turn away because you can’t bear to see it!
What about you? Do you know that you can make a difference too? The Father’s House has already rescued 8 boys from the hands of slave-masters! 8 boys now have a chance for a long, productive, beautiful life! And the vision is to rescue many more, to raise them up to be men who understand that the culture of human slavery is wrong, to raise them up to be men who will change the future of Ghana, Africa!
Here’s the vision God has given me. Become a fundraiser for The Father’s House. To shout out to everyone I know…HEY, they need help! I will begin a monthly collection for supplies that we will ship to The Father’s House. It’s expensive to ship to Africa by regular mail, so we will most likely send the items with volunteers who are travelling there. However, we may have to ship the items to the volunteers within the US. So, we not only need supplies, we need money to help cover the shipping costs. You may be a person with a gift for smart-shopping…you can find great deals on all kinds of things. PERFECT! Find those great deals and donate those things to help supply the needs of The Father’s House. Or, you may not like to shop at all, shopping is simply a chore that you’d rather pay someone else to take care of. PERFECT! We need you too! You fit in by helping provide the financial means necessary to make this vision a reality.
Here’s the list of needs as of now:
  • Rubbermaid shoebox size, CLEAR, storage bins to put craft supplies, etc. in (8 or more of these)

  • Composition books for the boys to practice writing

  • Coloring books(child appropriate material please)

  • Chalk for chalkboard (colored, but NOT sidewalk chalk)

  • Embroidery thread in various colors for making bracelets

  • Plastic lacing in various colors for making lanyards

  • Ziploc style freezer bags (quart and gallon size)

  • Chewable Pepto-Bismol

  • Chewable children's Tylenol

  • Beef jerky

  • Basketball shorts (drawstring waist is best)

  • (1 Large/size 12)

  • (5 Medium/8-10)

  • (1 Small/6-7)

  • (1 X-small/4-5)
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      There is a small group of volunteers travelling the 1st week of March and we’d like to send these items with them, so we need to have these things ready to go by February 28th. If you’d like to make a monetary donation to cover shipping or help purchase these items, you can write a check to The Father’s House and it is 100% tax deductible!
      All I ask is that you take a look at that list, see that really it’s just things that we toss out because we have too much of it! See that if we all work together in small ways, we can make a huge difference. See that just because we can’t do everything, we shouldn’t do nothing.

      If you'd like to help, reply with a comment on this blog and I'll be in touch to meet with you. Or you may email me at

      Here's the VIDEO that made such an impact on me. Make sure to have your sound on.

      Here's the WEBSITE to find out more about The Father's House Ghana.