When a flood wipes out your school.

Children of migrant workers celebrated in grand fashion.

Perseverance, Hope, Love, Restoration.

Two years ago, Naomi, my dear friend and YLI Coach, opened a small two-room school in Sunyani, Ghana with a giant vision: educate children of migrant workers.  Its called “King James Educational Complex”*

Naomi poured her life (and personal income) into the school, but tragically in May a flood devastated the facility.  Over the last few months of watching Naomi I’ve been reminded of the power of perseverance in leadership.

“Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”     Romans 5:3-4, Berean Study Bible

Some photos of the flood and damage that was done in May


Photos from three weeks ago of the school, graduation, and the teachers.

Perseverance, hope, character, love.  This is how Naomi was able to rebuild the school, keep her teachers employed, and hold her first graduation; all in less than three months.  As a young widow who also lost a child, Naomi is not new to suffering.  Suffering has made her loving, hopeful, and courageous.  Suffering has forged her as a leader.

Naomi is just the kind of leader we strive to reproduce in YLI.  She’s a valuable part of our team.  If you have a heart for education and would like to support King James, please contact me.  If you know of a Christian school or organization that would consider partnering with Naomi, please let me know.  It’s a great investment!

And if you haven’t seen the video about Naomi and King James, please watch.  It’s good stuff.

*The name “King James” was not given because of a particular translation of the bible.  They are the names of Naomi’s sons James, and King.  King passed away two years ago at age 16.



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