& THIS IS
WHERE IT BEGAN
Ted Kriwiel visited Ghana in the summer of 2011 at the invitation of Jeff Miller, co-founder of the Father’s House: a home for boys who were rescued from slavery on Lake Volta. At Jeff’s urging, Ted and his wife, Ellie, began investigating the possibility of establishing a similar home for girls in Ghana. Two seemingly separate visions began to collide: an urge to inspire youth in America and a desire to rehabilitate victims of child trafficking in Africa. A handful of high school students began meeting weekly to pray for Ghana, for Lake Volta, for themselves, and for America. Word started to spread, the Eight Oaks family grew and expanded, hearts were transformed, and the Lord provided in unexpected and wonderful ways. Ted and Ellie left on their first trip to Ghana in August of 2013. “Eight Oaks” refers to the passage in Isaiah 61 that refers to the redeemed of the Lord that become “Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.”
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THE JOURNEY HOME
In November of 2013 a handful of Ghanaians and Americans traveled to a remote part of Ghana to meet the girls. After hours of preparation, prayer, and paperwork, Dina, God’s Way, Sarah Jr., Lucky, and Gloria were brought to their new home on November 8th. Eleven days later they were joined by their new sisters, Sarah Sr., Regina, and Richlove. The rescue was facilitated through Ghanaian abolitionists, whose work on Lake Volta has resulted in the redemption of over 90 children, and whose team of local volunteers ensure that the cycle of slavery is not perpetuated or encouraged.
THE YELLOW HOUSE
The Yellow House is the home of the girls and Eight Oaks’ headquarters in Ghana. Its name comes from the bright yellow paint on the exterior. Ted and Ellie stumbled upon it on their second day in the country, and it has proved to be a gift from the Lord: the perfect home for eight girls and the many people entrusted to take care of them. The house had been vacant for several years and required two months worth of renovation; you can see the transformation by visiting the blog. The location is perfect and the yard is full of papaya, plantain, mango, and lemon trees! We employ a security guard to ensure that our girls and staff are kept safe at all times.
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