Over 17,000 nets!!

Thank you for helping us "Fight the Bite!"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Holiday bazaar season

Kairos 10 is preparing for the holiday bazaar season.  Here is our current schedule of bazaars.  Be sure to come out and purchase the newest Kairos items as gifts and support the ministry in Ghana, West Africa. 


Saturday, November 5, 9-4
Battle Creek Holiday Market
The Church at Battle Creek
3025 North Aspen Ave., Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Saturday, November 12, 9-4
Holiday Arts and Crafts Expo
South Tulsa Baptist Church
10310 S. Sheridan Road, Tulsa, OK 74133

Wednesday, November 30, Times TBA
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show
Metro Christian Academy
6363 South Trenton Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74136-0700

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Group distributes nets, brings back 1,600 new bracelets!

Kairos Founders, the Morris' and Penningtons led a group of 19 from Tulsa to Ghana, September 8-17 to distribute nets provided by Kairos 10 purchases.  Four medical clinics were offered in four different villages in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana, north of Kumasi, and west of Lake Volta.  Three of the villages were Kwampe, Zabrama, Tanoanu. In each of these villages, patients were seen in clinics by a doctor, treated for various illnesses and ailments, and mosquito nets were distributed, especially to families with expectant mothers and children under the age of 5.  In three of the four villages, malaria was very widespread, even among some children as young as 2 and 3 years.  The group was heavily impacted by the needs seen in the villages.

The group also had the opportunity to visit both Tet's Bead Industry, as well as TK's Bead Industry.  Both of these local bead makers specialize in making the recycled glass beads which are found in Kairos 10 bracelets.  The process of making the beads is lengthy and involves pounding used glass bottles into fine powder, pouring the powder into molds, adding powder pigment, firing the beads in a clay oven, and finally shaping and hand-polishing them. Kairos beaders worked diligently throughout the week and were able to complete over 1600 bracelets which are now in the US!  New creations includes bracelets featuring school colors with hand-painted beads, and many new colors and new beads. 

Overall the trip was a success and God continues to grow and bless the efforts of Kairos 10, as many more people receive protection from malaria and hope for their villages. 


Recycling glass for beads
Pouring glass powder into molds to be fired

Coming home with Kairos luggage!






Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kairos 10 Newsletter ~ Issue II

SAVING LIVES ONE NET AT A TIME!



The idea for Kairos began in September 2010 when on medical mission trips, children with fevers in excess of 104 were seen in clinic after clinic, year after year.  Malaria kills one in six children in Africa.  It is the result of a mosquito-borne parasite and highest death rates occur in children under the age five years and pregnant women.  Mosquito nets provide protection from such a devastating disease!  A net costs a Ghanaian 16 GHC or $12 US.  An idea for using a 'gift model' that gives 'life' seemed the solution.  If a product could be sold, then the proceeds could be used to buy a mosquito net to be returned to the Bush.  Thus an idea was birthed that Kairos jewelry would be the vehicle. 

In a partnership with Ghanaians, beads produced from recycled glass and vinyl records are purchased from bead merchants.  Kairos pays Ghanaian women four times the average daily wage to produce the jewelry.  Fabric is purchased locally and another woman is paid to sew cloth gift bags.  The results is sustainable income for women in West Africa and protection for God's children in the Bush.

2,500 mosquito nets have been purchased and delivered to Ghana as of July 1, 2011.  Kairos collaborates with another Oklahoma not-for-profit, "His Nets".  Nets are purchased and delivered to the African port city of Tema for pick-up.  Nets in bundles of 100 are of the finest quality and are effective for up to five years because the insecticide is woven into the threads.  These nets do not have to be re-dipped annually like less expensive nets.  In a partnership with Maranatha Power Ministries, Pastor Francis Odai delivers the nets to rural areas where his church ministers to a village's basic needs.  MPM's objective is to drill a water well, build a pole barn that functions as a church and school, and distribute mosquito nets to save lives.  The average size of a village is several hundred people and as few as seventy-five nets can protect the entire village's children and pregnant mothers. 

2,500 NETS DELIVERED TO GHANA IN 9 MONTHS

Girls' Vocational Home in Frankadua, West Africa
TULSA WOMEN VISIT GIRLS RESCUED FROM TROKOSI

In April, five women accompanied Kairos Founders Phyllis Morris and Katheryn Pennington to Ghana to learn first-hand how the jewelry is created and designed and meet the Beaders.  As a result of a conversation earlier in the year about the Ghana Baptist Convention's Girls' Home to rescue young girls from lives of slavery, the decision was made to visit the village of Frankadua to deliver mosquito nets to the school.  The goal was to explore future possibilities to serve these youth.  After meeting with the Head Mistress and greeting the girls, the girls sang and received hugs from the Tulsa visitors.  The atmosphere heightened when a soccer ball was presented along with other personal hygiene items which resulted in many cheers from the teens. 

Trokosi is an outlawed practice that continues to exist.  This home provides about 40 young women housing for three years with education, vocational training in sewing, food service, jewelry making, and other trades, and needed emotional support.  The Convention raises $4000 to rescue each girl and provide this training and support. 

Kairos is exploring options to employ these young women to make jewelry.

"NET" AN ENTIRE VILLAGE?

These individuals have netted an entire village by volunteering to represent Kairos by selling a minimum of 75 bracelets to friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances.

Kate Beatty
Carol Dewberry
Andrea Graver
Leah Horner
Helen Inbody
Teri Morris Niegrugge
Wendy Norris
Julie Ryker
Jeri Wells

If you would like to volunteer, please email Kairos10@cox.net

Home K10 Preview Parties
Molly Myers
Julie Ryker

Inventory Receiving Volunteers
Alicia Crawley
Andrea Graver
Leah Horner
Gwen Jones
Belinda Love
Wendy Norris
Julie Ryker
Brenda Shields
Nancy White

Donated Services
McKee & Bowker, CPAs, P.C.
Julia Neftzger, Attorney

All U.S. participants are volunteers and no person is compensated for their time and/or talents.  Kairos proceeds are used to save lives in West Africa.  Kairos is in the process of completing the application for an IRC 501 (c)(3) entity status.

Thank you for purchasing Kairos Jewelry.

Co-Founders:
Dr. David and Phyllis Morris
Charles and Katheryn Pennington


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

September Missions trip

Please be in prayer for a group that will be traveling to Ghana to do mission work from September 8-16.  The group will be doing a girls' conference at the Trokosi girls home, teaching the young women about how valuable they are to God.  There will also be medical clinics providing free medicine and treatment to people living in the northern part of the country.  Water well dedications in some villages will take place, providing these villages with fresh, clean water for the first time. 

In addition the mosquito nets purchased through Kairos 10's efforts will be given out during the medical clinics.  To date, Kairos has been able to provided more than 2,100 nets to the villagers in Ghana.  Thank you for your continued support and gifts, which make this possible.  Together we are saving lives in Africa! 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brush Creek Bazaar 2011

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT!!!  Kairos Jewelry will be an exhibitor at the upcoming Brush Creek Bazaar 2011!  The Brush Creek Bazaar benefitting Teen Challenge and the Brush Creek Youth Ranch and New Life House will be held September 23-25.  Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are free. 

The schedule for the events is as follows:

September 24 9am to 6 pm
September 25 9 am to 6 pm
September 26 noon to 5 pm

The location of the event is 10900 S. Louisville Avenue, Tulsa, OK at the corner of 109th and Louisville (between Yale and Delaware - Riverside Parkway)

Kairos will be one of over 70 exhibitors along with delicious food, games for the kids, entertainment, and more!  Please join us in supporting Africa by telling your friends about the Bazaar and coming in support of Kairos. 

Sunday, June 26, 2011

600 new bracelets in the US!

Kairos 10 received a huge blessing as a new "Ghana" friend has delivered between 500-600 new bracelets to us today!  The new bracelets are beautiful and we will be getting them to our stores in Pryor, and here in Tulsa very soon, so keep watching the blog for new pics at Village Shop and opportunities to view and purchase the new bracelets.  Our net count is now over 2,000, but the needs are still very great in Ghana and Africa as a whole.  

Thank you for your continued support of Kairos, and your desire to see the future of Africa changed!  Check out the new designs and send a net to our friends in Africa!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Campaign to end child slavery in Ghana

On the last Kairos trip in April, the group of ladies visited a home in Frankadua, Ghana where girls rescued from an outlawed practice of slavery, are being given hope and a future in Christ.  Everyone on the trip was touched by their time with the girls and returned with a desire to partner with the home and support these young women. 


Recently ID Ministries, a ministry here in Oklahoma has made it their mission to start a campaign to support the efforts of the girls home in hopes that much will be accomplished to fight child trafficking in Africa.  To learn more about the campaign, please visit: Buy this shirt- ID Ministries Facebook fan page or ID Ministries website.  Thank you ID Ministries for bringing awareness to this issue and working to bring hope in the lives of young women who have been victimized! 

"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed." Psalm 103:6

Monday, May 23, 2011

Join us June 7th to see the latest designs!

Please join us for an Open House on Tuesday, June 7 from 10am-2pm at the home of Molly Myers, 9029 E 94th St, Tulsa, OK 74133. The latest designs have just arrived from Ghana!  Be the first to shop for a gift or for yourself and help save lives in West Africa. 

We have recently updated net totals and ordered a large number of nets thanks to all the recent purchases of bracelets in May.  Thank you to everyone who attended our most recent open house and purchased gifts for Mother's Day and graduation.  Be watching the blog for new net totals and thank you again for helping to save lives!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Open House a success!

Thank you to all who came and supported Kairos 10 as we hosted our first open house and appreciation sale!  This was the first event to thank our faithful customers and supporters, and to invite friends and family to purchase bracelets and invest in the vision of K10.   

Our Kairos team traveled to Ghana last month and returned with many new bracelets and designs.  The open house was the first opportunity to see the new designs and find gifts for graduation, Mother's Day and other special occasions.  Among some of the newest designs are bracelets made with genuine agate, amethyst, and turquoise.  Other special designs included a bracelet of multi-colored waist beads, and rosary bracelets, made with the unique Ashanti beads. 

Each purchase provided an insecticide-treated mosquito net of the highest quality to a family in malaria-stricken Ghana, West Africa.  (To date Kairos has provided over 1,000 such nets to aid families in this region.)  Thank to every person who attended and helped K10 provide over 200 nets to Ghana!  What an incredible blessing!

Customers and hostesses included K10 Founder, Phyllis Morris, Gwen Jones, Belinda Love, Alicia Crawley, and others who have all traveled to Ghana.  Also in attendance were many members of Southern Hills Baptist Church, who have supported the mission of Kairos 10 from the beginning.  Special thanks to Julie Ryker and Gwen Jones, who along with others who helped guests shop and learn more about the vision of Kairos 10.  

Please continue to pray for the future of the ministry and that God will continue to use and bless us in carrying His love to the people of Ghana.  Thank you for your support!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Open house and mosquito net distribution

MOSQUITO NET DISTRIBUTION UPDATE
1st Quarter 2011


Kairos is about saving lives in Africa.  Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes and is the #1 killer of children under the age of 5 years.  A child dies every 30 seconds from Malaria.  This disease is not treatable, but is preventable with a mosquito net.  Thus the idea for a sustaining micro business that began in September 2010.  Kairos is Greek and means “God’s appointed time.”  This is the appointed time to provide mosquito nets to save a child’s life by simply purchasing a Kairos bracelet.

Kairos purchases beads made in Ghana.  Ghanaian women produce the bracelets and the jewelry is returned to the US.  For each piece sold, a mosquito net is purchased, returned to Africa, and distributed free to families.  The idea for this cottage business to give a hand-up and not a hand-out came as a result of doing medical missions in West Africa.  All Kairos proceeds go to purchase nets.

To-date, 1,000 mosquito nets have been delivered to West Africa.  A group of seven Tulsa women just returned from a trip to Ghana on April 7-14 to distribute nets to villages and conduct a one-day medical clinic where over 200 people were treated.

Are you looking for a Mother’s Day or Graduation present?  Remember your gift is really saving a life and what better gift can you give?

You are the first to be invited to see the new Ghanaian jewelry arrivals.


Hosted by Julie Ryker & Andrea Graver
9811 S Houston Ave, Jenks, OK 74037
5/2/2011
10am-2pm & 6pm-8pm


If you are one of our out-of-town customers, please phone Andrea at 918.430.5169 to make your phone selection or for more information about Kairos, Email bajjgraver4@gmail.com.

Thank you for your aid to save lives!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gwen's Journal "Saturday in Accra!, Sunday at Maranatha, Africa meds sorter"

African meds sorter
Saturday!!!  Great day in Accra. Very tropical and humid in this beautiful country. Started off the day with a yummy breakfast. Cynthia has served delicious meals. We are so thankful for her!

Pastor Odai's wife Valerie, and Pastor Elvis and Peter took us out for the day. Many hours of driving. Lots of traffic. And if there is not a ditch across the road, then there would be a set of 3 of the biggest speed bumps you have ever seen!  We drove to the Cedi bead factory and purchased amazing hand made  beads.
Then to the Odamasi market!  Where we stocked up with more beautiful African beads.

Then the blessing of the day!  Went to Girl's home in Frankadu. The baptist Ghanian convention buys these girls from the shrine!  Then love and nurture them. They learn all about Jesus here!  The girls sang beautiful African songs, and then in English for us.  Great motions and beautiful smiles.  Some have really been physically hurt, but all harmed deeper than you can imagine!  They learn a trade and they help them get started in their field!  We learned a lot about them and then they wanted to know our names. Phyllis told the story that her godmother who was raised in a group home and learned to sew, and is quite an accomplished seamstress now. She did a great job. Leah shared about how much Jesus loved them and then Helen gave a talk. They really enjoyed them all!

We got to sit and encourage them, give them soap ( which they LOVED!) and gave them each a mosquito net. We took a basketball which they loved also!  We left money for them to get Bibles. We really enjoyed our time there. It broke your heart, but they all appeared to believe the beginning of their life had arrived. They were so precious, all 14-18 years old. A truly great visit.



Sunday  -- Wow!!!! Do the Africans know how to praise and worship God!!!  The church time was amazing. Pastor Odai had Helen give a mini message, Alicia sang, we all helped in Sunday school. I was Leah's assistant, but she got me to talk!  They are all so sweet!  I shared some of my story and one of the young men in the class went home and came back to the church with two books!  It was so precious. He wrote in the front of the book that he thought I needed the book more than he did. But that he really needed it!
Pastor Odai asked each one of us to stand up and share in front of the church. Yikes!  Pretty scary. Not my gift but I didn't faint!  God is faithful. 
I met Rev Mary who helped me sort meds. Her husband went to heaven 1 yr ago. She has two little girls and she is a pharmacist and a very special and kind lady. She brought me an African dress and headress!  I'll send you a picture of me sorting in my new get up!
We leave in the morning at 5 to drive to Winneba. That is where the church is being built in honor of Lauren. We have our medical clinic in a nearby village. Just found out I am in charge of worming all the children!!!!  It only means giving them a chewable pill which they think is candy and make a happy face on their hand!! Easy. Its a village of 400 so it could be busy. Pray for our endurance. It's very hot.
I have been blessed and blessed and blessed some more!  It's been wonderful. Helen, 77 and Leah 71 are keeping up with the young ones!  Nice to have two nurses with us!!

Medical Monday - Well loved ones--- there aren't words for today.  I was totally blown away. So many sick and precious people. The children are so darling. They stared and stared at the white ladies, and many were scared of us. Took lots of pictures but don't think they can possibly convey what we just experienced!
First job was the de-worming. Went through a lot of rubber gloves!  Just kidding.  It was actually fun!  They swarmed us.  After their pill they got a piece of candy!  Had to put a Smiley face on their hand because they kept wanting more and more. Probably 250 kids. Awesome. Then I kind of hung out with the little ones out under the shade tree. Played kickball. Held the ones that would let me and just smiled at them. It was great!! The children are so beautiful. Then in the clinic, I was the roamer and helped as needed. Wendy brought fifty homemade dolls and we got to give them away. They had written on each dolls tummy. "JESUS LOVES YOU."  Didn't see any other dolls or toys there. Just the one ball we kicked around which was the size of a large orange w a big hole in it!  But the children who were healthy seemed very content. We used the name of Jesus at every turn.
The doctors - Phyllis and Wendy. Pastor Odai's wife, Valarie and Elvis had to go meet with the village chief and elders to get approval for the clinic. They were involved with voodoo and tried to shut us down. But God was faithful and walked them through!!  We waited for them two hours and were getting concerned before they made it back. We had many patients anxious for us to start. Would guess we saw 175 people through the "doctors". Passed out medicine, did blood pressure, temperature. Prayed with each person  at three different times!  Then gave them mosquito nets. It was a great day.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

April Trip scheduled!

Kairos 10 has officially scheduled a new trip for April 7-14.  This trip will be focused on continuiung to build relationships with the beaders, deliver mosquito nets to villages, and visit a neighboring ministry with the hopes of a future partnership.  Phyllis and Katheryn will be leading a group of 7 women, half of whom will be experiencing Ghana for the first time!  So please pray blessings on these ladies as they make their travel arrangements and prepare to leave. 

There will also be one day of medical clinic, possibly in coordination with the distribution of nets.  Phyllis and Katheryn are pros now at the set-up and administration, but please pray for every member of the group to be able to minister and show Christ's love to those who come to clinic.  The needs of those in the bush communities are so great, and the work can seem overwhelming at times. 

We are praying for a very successful trip in bead production!  The opportunities for Kairos 10 far exceed the ability to keep up with production right now. As David has said, "God is opening doors for Kairos, and we are walking through them as quickly as we can!"  This is wonderful news, but we do need to increase production a bit to keep up with the demand for such beautiful jewelry for such an important cause!  Please pray that God will double the production for the ladies who are beading and give them eager hands and hearts as they are creating the jewelry. 

Again, we so appreciate and need your prayers as we continue forward in this journey.  Please pray for the upcoming trip, for health for all who are involved, and for God to use these women mightily as they impact the country and people of Ghana. 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

January trip to Ghana

(Phyllis' journal)

Friday January 14

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We had a fabulous time in Ghana further developing Kairos 10.  We arrived on Friday, January 14 and immediately went bead shopping.  We were met by Michael, an immigration officer that escorted us from the plane to Junior and Ruth who were waiting for us with Samuel our driver.  Thank you Pastor Odai, Michael, and Samuel for taking such good care of us. We found a new supplier in the Accra region, Tet's Beads.  His quality was great and he had some wonderful beads.  Patience directed us to Tet who will be very important to our work there and much more convenient and less cost for transportation!  He will also make beads to order.  This already has me thinking of future projects and color combinations. His shop was small, but the quality was wonderful!  David tried to get video of the "factory"  It is outside with molds and a small kiln, which reminds me of a pizza oven on the ground.  Tet had some crosses, which were still in the molds and not ready for purchase.  After our selection, we made arrangements for Patience to return toward the end of the week to pick up some crosses and a couple of special beads we ordered.  The girls,  Yayo, Vincentia, Gifty, and Believe under P1's (Paula) supervision began making bracelets back at the guest house.  Everyone was excited to see us when we arrived.  All hugs and smiles.    This work continued until the wee hours of the next morning.  I think I made it to bed about 2:00 in the morning.  It was fun getting to be with the girls again.  My new member of the beading team is Gifty.  She seems very shy but I think she has talent.  She tries to make a living by giving manicures on the streets of Accra.  I would think this is difficult since this area is so impoverished.  It will be interesting to see how she works with the other team members.

Saturday January 15

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The following day we left early and went to the Odumase market on the way to the Cedi Bead Factory.  (You will see some of the Odumase market on the video on the blog.)  They had wonderful beads there, and we made a great contact with a lady named Elizabeth, who was extremely helpful and supplied us with great beads!  (She and Valerie I believe are from the same region.)  The market was very busy and fun to see.  Pat went with us and was a great help, not to mention entertaining, in spite of the fact she was suffering with MALARIA!!!

 We then went on to Cedi Beads and made some purchases there and saw how the beads are made, very educational and VERY time consuming!  We went on from there to Teyi where we fed over 500 children and distributed 200 nets for the village. David was not feeling up to par as he was suffering from nausea so picture an image of a 6'-4" rag doll bouncing around in the front seat of the van and you'll get the visual.  Still he was able to video the days events.  There was a tent set up and the food prepared for the children.  They each received chicken and rice and a popsicle to eat.  Charlie was asked to speak and Phyllis prayed for the village and blessed the food and the people.

We want to extend a special "Thank you" to Pryor, OK and the Village Shop for selling enough bracelets to send these 200 nets to this village in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Every pregnant woman who came from this village was given a mosquito net.  Children under 5 years of age, pregnant women and the elderly are at the highest risk for death due to Malaria. More update tomorrow.  Thanks for all your prayers and support.  Many people have been blessed and lives saved as a result of your dedication and faithfulness.
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Sunday January 16

Sorry about the delay in posting.  So many things going on.  So Sunday we went to church and both Charlie and David preached at the services.  Charlie, Katheryn, Phyllis and David all taught Sunday school as well.  I taught a group of 30 year old men and women and the focus of the teaching was James 1:2-6. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt...."  When I (Phyllis) was preparing a message, I struggled with what to share.  My life is so different than my friends in Ghana.  So many, live from day to day not knowing how they are going to feed their family tomorrow.  They pray for a job to earn money to give their children the opportunity to go to school so they may have a brighter future.  When a family member or friend becomes sick, they depend on divine healing, there is no money for a visit to the hospital or medicine.  I decided that the message that I wanted to share with them was the development of Kairos 10 and how we are stepping out together in faith.  During the last few months, there is no doubt that God has blessed this ministry, but like every new business there have been a few rough spots, long work days, and frustration that has also gone along with the blessings.  As I shared how I have personally struggled with some of these, I saw the class open up and start shaking their heads in agreement.  I also saw hope in their eyes.  A hope that comes from seeing God bless a ministry and the people it serves.  I shared the message that God gives each of us an opportunity to serve, it may be helping a neighbor next door or a Christian brother and sister in another country.  The blessing comes when we step out in faith and follow the Lord's call.  To tell you the truth, I think this was the message that I needed to hear.  It blessed me by encouraging me to continue the work with Kairos 10 and continue to persevere and follow God's leading.  At the end of the lesson, I challenged each of them to search and find the ministry that God is asking them to do.  After the class finished, some of the class attendants had several questions.  One young lady was in her last year of college.  She was completing a degree in business with a focus in banking.  We had a nice chat and she expressed a desire to use her talents to help others with business development and banking.  This is such an important need in a third world country.  I pray that she will continue to hear God's call and better her community.

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After service, we all got to meet Jasmine and her mother.  Katheryn had brought her a backpack with her name on it, I knew how much she liked to dance so I got her a radio/cd player and Andrea Graver collected her several Christian CD's. Of course every girl loves clothes and Jasmine is a stylish little thing.


My girls had gathered together several things that they thought she might like.  Jasmine was very excited to see her gifts.  She threw the back pack over her shoulders and wouldn't take it off.  This time I had a chance to meet  Jasmine's mother, Angela, her older brother is Greg-Promise Newman.  They were a nice family.  I did not meet her mother last time because she was working.  She seemed very dedicated to her family and had well behaved children.  Jasmine is now my little buddy, I wish each of you could see her in person.  She is even more beautiful than her pictures and so full of life!  After church,  we went back to the Shiloh House and focused on production.  This also allowed David time to rest and start to recover and none of the bead shops were open to continue buying beads.  We continued the work until 1:30 am the following morning. I want you to know that when the girls are given a large quanity of bracelets to make, they are very dedicated about getting it done.  They are all very hard workers and Gifty was fitting right in.  She is a cute, tiny little girl with a big smile.  I like her.

Monday January 17

I had scheduled a trip to Kumasi for today but after re-evaluating the schedule we decided to stay in Accra and buy some of the beads we needed there.  I was really looking forward to going to Kumasi.  It is more in the central part of Ghana and the city is very different.  The Kumasi area in very famous for Kente cloth, gold, and old African trading beads.  Last time I was there, I bought some beautiful antique beads.  I was looking forward to sharing this experience with David, Katheryn and Charlie, but it will have to be another time.

We got up early Monday morning and went to the Accra Shopping Center to buy beads.  ( I must say there are perks to this ministry project........ I get to shop a lot!!) Patience was beginning to feel better after starting her medication for malaria and Yayo began feeling bad due to having malaria.  Kairos 10 was experiencing first hand the effect malaria has on a business.  It just so happens that these two ladies are my most efficient beaders.  Malaria makes people feel very lethargic.   Both ladies had a low grade fever, cold sweats off and on through out the day and no appeitite. It's like trying to work when you have the flu.  This is another issue when addressing poverty issues in Ghana.  When you can't keep the workforce healthy it severely impacts production.  With high unemployment in the country people are thankful to even have a job.  It is my experience, that the women will work as hard as they can to keep their jobs.  For Patience and Yayo, Kairos 10 was able to provide medicine for their malaria and nets for their workers.  So many in Ghana go without treatment and function the best they can.
 Today we had to address the gift bag issue.  We went to a local shop and Charlie was on the hunt for fabric (keep in mind that Charlie is red-green color-blind!!!)  but he was intently seeking the right fabric.  When we stopped, in order to get to the shop, we had to step over the sewage troughs that parallel the road on each side.  Crossing over on old boards and hoping that they don't give way. Kairos has a new seamstress, Cecilia.  Cecilia and Katheryn both assisted Charlie with the fabric selection.  They got some great fabric and Cecilia was off to start production.  We have had so many people comment that the African gift bag adds a nice touch to the gift.  I am glad we have the ability to offer it.  It provides more jobs to women in Ghana and smiles on the faces of many American men who do not have to worry about gift wrapping a gift for their wives, haha.
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 After our fabric purchase we set off to the center of Accra at the "shopping center".  We parked in the lot that was jammed with a hundred cars, all in the size of a lot that would normally park 50 cars in the U.S.  Surprisingly, none were on top of each other!  We then made our way to the shopping. Along the parking lot and in the market, we saw the young girls Patience had told us about.  These are young girls ages 10-15 that come into Accra from the bush villages looking for a better life but find that they cannot support themselves and turn to prostitution or become victims of sex-trafficking to survive.  Patience has a heart for these girls and hopes that through her involvement with Kairos 10, she will be able to reach out to these girls and teach them a skill making jewelry and share the love of Christ and minister to them to get them off the street and become self-supporting.  Isn't that a beautiful vision?  I would ask that everyone following the Kairos story would support us in prayer.  We are not sure what the long term plans for Kairos 10 looks like, but we want to be open to the directions that God takes us.

Once in the shopping center, we stopped at Adom Precious Beads and Cynthia helped us with the crystal beads we needed.  The "shopping center" is not what you might envision.  It is a collection of buildings and alleys and walkways of hundreds of vendors of virtually anything you might want. Patience took us through these winding alleys and upstairs into dark outdoor hallways and balconies to find the beads we were looking for.  Thank God she was with us because we may have never found our way out of that place!!!!  Katheryn, Phyllis and Patience began looking through strings and baskets of beads to find the right ones.  They found the Ashanti striped beads at Auntie Lizzie's beads.  We bought every string they had. (a new bracelet model was fashioned with these beads...... to be announced later) On the way out, we found the clay beads from the north that are so hard to find. I was excited to get these because I had never seen them in Accra before.  I could only get them in Kumasi, God provided. We then were on the hunt for the string used in the making of the bags for the bracelets.  There is no concept of Wal-Mart in Accra.  If you want electrical, you go to the area where the electrical vendors are, plumbing?  the plumbing area.  We went to the cord and string area.  Thank goodness we found the string.  One thing I noticed when working my way through the shopping maze, was that the women were carrying everything.  Men would walk in front of a woman with nothing in their hands, while women were carrying plates or stacks of boxes on their heads with their arms full of sacks and a child strapped to her back. Patience commented when she saw how kind David and Charlie were, who not only paid for our purchases but carried most of them for us.  I didn't tell her how many hours Katheryn and I had spent training them.... just kidding.  We are very thankful for our wonderful husbands who are not only thoughtful godly men, but also share our vision for the Kairos 10 ministry.  We then made our way back to the van.  Once we found our driver, Samuel, we loaded up in the van but because it was surrounded by other cars, it was not clear how we would get out of the parking lot exit on the opposite side of the lot!!!  Thankfully, we had Samuel who's usual occupation is transportation.  In what I consider a miraculous feat, Samuel drove us out of that lot, BACKWARDS, with a little assistance from the lot manager.  Needless to say, I was immensely impressed.

We then went to the Accra Market to find purses with the flour sack lining and beads. We were specifically looking for the purple and white Lauren beads but there were none to be found.  David ran across a couple of old friends from our previous trips.



David's journal

  On our first trip to this market in 2008, me met 2 young men in wheelchairs selling their wares.  One is named Abu and the other Abraham.  I have seen them each time we have visited the market on past trips.  We greeted each other and they insisted on helping us with what we needed to find.  Before long, we had all the bags we needed and found some beads as well.  Abu told Phyllis and Katheryn that the U.S. provided funding for their housing across the street and these men built a school for the disabled in the back of the market where these men teach their skill so others who are disabled would not have to be dependent upon charity and be able to earn their living. He commented that though they were handicapped and could not move as fast as the other healthy young men and women working in the market, God provided enough business for them each day to provide for their needs.  As we said our goodbyes, as we always have, we prayed for Abu and Abraham and for the blessing they are in our lives and for God to continue to go before them and bless their lives.

We then drove back to the Shiloh House to work with the beaders and towards our goal of 500 bracelets.
We were having medical mission the following day in Noka at the Medical Clinic built by Peniel/Trinity Church in Brentwood, England this past summer and worked organizing medications and supplies for the following day.  We were going to get to bed by midnight and we told the beaders to go home and to come back in the morning but only Believe went home to see her children. The others stayed and had been up until 1:30 or 2:00 am working each night so we thought this would give them a break.  Much to our surprise no one wanted to leave so they spent the night.  Not only was it much more convenient for them to stay but it was nice treat for them to stay at the Shiloh Guest House.  During this time we could see the camaraderie develop between the team members.  We got to know each of them more personally and they shared some of their personal challenges and also some of their dreams for the future.  We are immeasurably thankful for God's guidance to Pastor Odai in putting such a wonderful, hard-working, dedicated team together and blessing this ministry that He has so graciously called us to.

Tusday January 17
David's journal

Tuesday, we left for Noka and the medical mission.  We arrived about 9 am and no one had arrived at the clinic.  This medical mission had not been announced previously like in the past because we initially had not anticipated doing medical mission on this trip.  This did not stop the village residents from attending.  Pastor Gibson made sure the villagers knew of the medical mission.  We prepared the rooms in the clinic and organized the flow of patients.  There were benches to sit outside on the porch, benches inside for waiting.  Phyllis set up the lab in one room, I examined patients in another and Katheryn established the pharmacy in yet another room and intake was in the main room of the clinic. Samuel, Pastor Gibson, Momma Valerie Odai all interpreted for us.  Charlie helped with patient flow, handing out nets and prayed with the patients.  Slowly the activity increased and soon there were patients waiting on the porch, in the waiting area and around the clinic.  Working in the new clinic was wonderful!  The patient flow was so much better, it was quiet enough that we could easily examine the patients and the distribution of medications and nets from the pharmacy was fabulous.  Katheryn had a new pharmacy technician also, Pastor Gibson.  He did a magnificent job!!  We all had a wonderful experience there and served approximately 150 patients.  About 80 mosquito nets were distributed.  Each family with children received a mosquito net!  We finally finished the clinic at about 4 pm.

After clinic, we went to Kwesi Tengteng where we met with Pastor Paul.  Southern Hills Baptist Church Mission Trip in July 2010 was to this village and a water well was provided to this community and medical mission was conducted there then.  Through this we have developed a relationship with these people and the villagers were pleased for us to return and happy to receive the nets to protect their famillies.  Thanks to the water well, the chief of the village has now become a member of the Maranatha church in Kwesi Tengteng and we were able to go from house to house distributing the nets to each house in the village. We pray this Christian leadership locally will continue to shine the light of Jesus in this community to further eradicate voodoo that is still practiced by some in the area.

Phyllis Journal

This week we saw the dream of Kairos 10 realized.  Four hundred mosquito nets were given to women and children in bush villages of Ghana West Africa. All made possible by bracelets purchased in America.  More nets have been ordered and will arrive later for other villages.  Milt Olsen's class made a contribution to HisNets for additional nets to be used to save more lives in Ghana.  Praise God!

We arrived back at the Shiloh house late and the beader's had been hard at work.  Many bracelets had been made and they were approaching the goal.   Patience decided it was time for a bit of comedy relief and proceeded to perform a stand-up comedy routine imitating each of us.  Charlie was giving some shirts to some of the pastors and there was this uncontrollable laughing coming from the room where Phyllis, Katheryn and the beaders were working. Patience started imitating Pastor Odai preaching.  Pastor Odai is a very powerful speaker and is excited about sharing the word of God, you can imagine! Then Katheryn asked her to do her Momma Phyllis imitation.  She was so funny...... "Oh, Patience those beads are beautiful", " Patience that bracelet is wonderful"  and on and on in a soft little voice and as she spoke she also imitated my walk.  I think that all African women think we Americans walk like movie stars.......I had to ask myself, " Do I really walk like that?????"  And then she made fun of the way I called Yayo. Sometimes I call her Yoyo, Yaya, Yayu..... I can really mess her name up, but she still answers me.  If you know me very well you understand that I have difficulty with English pronunciation, can you imagine the issues I have in Ghana with so many tribal languages.  The girls tried to teach me a little Twi the last time I was there.  I can't remember anything but "Obroni"  (white person) because I hear it over and over again when I am in the markets.  Patience imitated Katheryn, Charlie and David as well.  She had everyone down.  A really funny part was when she was talking about Charlie picking out beads the first night we were there.  She said she noticed that every time Katheryn picked out something he agreed with her and told her they looked nice. She thought to herself, these American men are really nice guys.   Charlie then picked out 3 strands of beads and asked everyone what we thought.  We were being nice and encouraging him, Patience obviously was wondering about fashion taste in the US.  Two days later she learned that Mr. Charlie was color blind.....she loudly stated that "that explains everything"  and rolled her eyes like we were crazy.  Katheryn and I were lying on the beds in uncontrollable laughter.   After hearing the laughter the boys decided they wanted in on the fun and Patience had to redo her routine.  Isn't laughter wonderful?  So many times when we have dinner with Charlie and Katheryn, I hear Charlie thank God for laughter.  This was one of those many times we thank God for the opportunity to enjoy life and the gift of laughter.

We had all had a full day and with our goal of 500 bracelets quickly approaching we decided to go to bed early.  Well at least before midnight.  The girls each got ready for bed and I know they were enjoying the nice soft beds at the guest house.  Patience commented that sister Paula even prayed in her sleep.  I looked over to see Paula lying flat on her back with her hands held in a praying position.  We had a little giggle.  All kidding aside, I saw the girls stop and pray many times while I was there.  One morning Believe missed the opening prayer before work and I saw her stop and quitely pray before she started her bracelet.  That evening Giftee got ready for bed and went and knelt by her bed to have quite time with God before she laid down to sleep. Some of them had their Bibles with them.  During the breaks or before bed I would see them read the word.  I did notice that some Bibles were very small and missing a few pages.  Maybe this would make a nice gift when I return to Ghana the next time.  After all the girls were in their beds Pastor Odai, Charlie, Katheryn, David and I returned to the room and said a prayer over them.  We thanked God for the wonderful women he had brought to Kairos 10.  They worked many hours a day with such wonderful spirits with the hope that they would bless a child in the bush with a mosquito net and save a life.

Wednesday January 18

David's journal

By Wednesday morning, we had to finish many things.  Charlie and Katheryn had the CR meeting with Pastor Odai.  Phyllis worked with the beaders finishing the bracelets, David finished the interviews of the beaders and Katheryn reviewed surveys of Kairos 10  provided by the beaders and met with each one individually.  Helen Inbody had met a young man on the ORU basketball team, Christopher Angsomwine, who is from Ghana.  She provided us with his parents contact information and we had the privelege of meeting them. They graciously invited us to lunch at a wonderful Chinese restaurant.  Christophers family included his father, Roger, who is the Secretary to the Vice President of Ghana, his mother Mrs. Agnes Angsomwine, brothers Roger and Christian.  Roger Jr. is a loan officer at a local bank, his wife is a pharmacist.  Christian is in networking and information systems and Mrs. Angsomwine is regional director of education in Ghana.  I believe God arranged for us to meet as we have many common interests in working to eliminate poverty through education, medical care, creating employment opportunities and microfinance.  Mrs. Angsomwine sent back some treats for Christopher like the wonderful mother I know she is and along with those things, her love for her son.  They are a wonderful family.

Phyllis Journal

We then returned to the guest house to pack and prepare for the celebratory banquet for all the beaders.  Cynthia, who runs the guest house, had also been beading with the girls all week and Charlie had suggested we have a dinner for all the beaders the last night we were there.  Cynthia was kind enough to prepare a fabulous meal with chicken, fried rice, fruits and drinks.  Before the banquet, some of the ladies put on nice clothes and styled their hair.  They were individually announced arriving to the banquet.  Before the meal, we each thanked them and expressed our gratefulness for each and every one of them and the heart they have for helping others.  Katheryn and Charlie had brought colored watches as gifts.  Katheryn made a game of it so they each drew a number and got to pick the color of watch they wanted and each received their paycheck.  After the game was finished, they then began to switch the watches among themselves.  Sometimes women are the same be it in Africa or America!

Everyone was at dinner including Pastor Odai, Momma Valerie, Debra and Jasmine and her brother Prince.  The food and company was priceless.   The team could celebrate with reaching a goal of 535 completed bracelets.  Each of us were asked to speak.  It was an emotional time, but wonderful.  I hope each girl saw how much we appreciated her efforts.   Patience spoke at the end for the girls.  She thanked us for giving them the opportunity to work on the Kairos 10 project, but the most moving part of her speech was directed to Pastor Odai.  She praised him for his leadership and commitment to each of them and sharing the love of  Jesus with his church and the people in the bush villages.  She expressed her thankfulness for being a fortunate person in Ghana who lives in the city and has meat to eat and showed sadness and concern when describing the lack of water and food for the village people.  She asked God to bless this project so the mosquito nets could go and save children's lives and ended her speech with saying that she felt in her heart this was not a small thing that God had started, but a big, big one.  She prayed that the American's would see the purchase of a bracelet as an offering to support the less fortunate children of the bush villages and save lives by providing mosquito nets.   My heart was full of joy!  God is so good!

After the banquet we were prepared to say good bye to all the girls before we headed off to our last church service at MPM.  I started to tell Yayo good-bye, but with excitement she told me that Pastor Odai had arranged for all of them to go to the airport with us.  The girls were excited, Katheryn and I were both wondering how we were going to keep it together.

We went to church service.  Charlie and David both spoke, but Katheryn and I just stood and "said" goodbye with a smile and a wave.  During the offering we saw many of the beaders come to the front and give their tithe from the pay they had just been given.  It was amazing!  (Oh, in case you didn't know, they don't pass the offering plate in Ghana.  Everyone forms a Conga line and comes to the front of the church, dancing down the isle to give their offering)

We took the small car with Pastor Odai and the girls followed in the van to the airport.  As always it was sad to go.  It was an emotional good bye.  Then we were in the airport and ready for customs.  As usual Michael took great care of us and we were through customs in a flash.  The flight home seemed to take forever but we finally made it to Atlanta.  Every time I return from Ghana, I come home with mixed feelings, but the most powerful one is how thankful I am to be an American.  God chose to bless me beyond belief just by my being born in Pryor, Oklahoma.  After taking a trip to serve in a third world country you see the world a little differently.  When you develop relationships with people of that country you start to FEEL differently.  Paul in Ephesians writes, "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of ALL, who is over all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:3-6.

When I consider the ALL who Paul is taking about I think of the children in Ghana benefiting from a mosquito net, the women of Accra showing the love of Jesus by making bracelets and benefiting by income to help their own families, the love of Pastor Odai and the pure devotion to spread the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ, the team of Kairos 10 who heard a call, the women of America who purchased a special bracelet that gives the gift of life and employes women of Ghana, and the numerous people who hear the story and lift all of us up in prayer.

We are ALL blessed and you are ALL blessings!

Phyllis

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kairos Team returns from Ghana!

  
The Kairos Team is back in the US after a wonderful trip to Ghana.  It was very eventful as Phyllis worked with the beading team and returned with over 535 new bracelets!  Relationships with the beaders deepened and the women truly had a blessed time shopping for and assembling the new inventory.  (See pic of beaders.)  Please check the blog soon for new designs.  A Kairos bracelet makes the perfect birthday, anniversary or Valentine's gift.

A medical clinic was held as well during the trip in the village of Noka. During a July 2010 trip, a medical clinic building was constructed there.  (See photos)  It was a very good clinic and over 150 people were seen and treated.

We are so thankful to have the team back in the US, but so thankful for a blessed and successful second trip to Ghana!  Check back for more details and photos to come, as well as the new bracelets!!




Dr. David Morris treating patients

Clinic in Noka

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Trip to distribute nets Jan. 13-20


HAPPY 2011 FROM Kairos 10!!

Kairos 10 supporters, thank you again for an incredible first three months in 2010!  Thank you to those that have purchased bracelets and shown love and support to the people of Ghana.  With the proceeds from the bracelets, you have provided 585 mosquito bed nets.  The majority of these will be distributed this month in Ghana.  We are so thankful that we have made a tangible impact in such a short period of time.  Please continue your support!  There is still so much to do!

Kairos 10  has scheduled a trip to Ghana from January 13-20.  Phyllis writes, "I would...request prayer for our upcoming trip back to Ghana. We will be leaving Jan. 13 and return Jan. 20. During our time there we will be working with the women and hope to return with over 400 new bracelets."  Please watch the blog for updates as we will post information on where to purchase the newest designs soon! 

But bringing home new bracelets is not the only purpose of the trip.  Nets and food will be distributed also.  Writes Phyllis, "We will also be visiting the village of Teyi and feeding 500 children chicken and rice [and]  giving out nets for the community. We will distribute 500 nets and will have another order to send in March."   

Kairos 10 may have the exciting opportunity to meet with government officials to learn more about the needs of the country.  States Phyllis, "In addition to nets and bracelets we hope meet with Ghana health officials to discuss basic health needs..."  Please pray for future vision as Kairos 10 hopes to assess and aid in long-term health and hygiene problems in the country of Ghana. 

Blessings to you and your family in the New Year from the Kairos 10 family!