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Building Alheri Village – Yewande Austin

Yewande Aistin

Today we met Yewande Austin and she talked a lot about helping young people from terrorists and human trafficking in Nigeria. She is teaching people how to farm and how to make their own reusable pads. She is also trying to build a village for people who come back from human trafficking and those who live in tents. She also talked about how she held summer camps for girls who want to learn how to speak their minds. Her talk was very inspirational because she uses some of her own money to fund the children, and even though she knows building her village might fail, she keeps trying.

Nya Thomas
July 4, 2019

The speaker from A Life Ignited, Rhonda Kinard, gave a workshop that opened my eyes to see how powerful a women can be. One of her main focuses was leadership and how anyone can be a leader as long as they believe what they do is right and have a passion for reaching their goals. A one of the traits of a leader is to not be sorry for what you do. If you are skirting in front of others, trying to get through a crowd, or writing an email to a busy coworker, don’t apologize for any of your actions or requests  because what you do is just as acceptable as what anyone else does. You shoild never let yourself down. This talk really inspired me to be confident in my actions and. . . to not say sorry.

Aiyana Harris
July 3, 2019

Today I served as a banner bearer for the GFS Diocese of Los Angeles. The Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia is truly beautiful, and set the perfect atmosphere for our small, intimate service. The stain glass panels displayed the several stages of Jesus’s ministry. The dean remarked that besides it’s beauty, the church is unique in its adaptability. The pews were removed several years ago, and were replaced with chairs; this allows the arrangement of seats to be altered depending on the size of the congregation. Before the service, all of the banner bearers gathered outside in line formation. As the Gisselle music began, we filed in. My banner was very large, and so kept me from seeing anything more than a foot in front of me!  Although I was afraid to be the first GFS member to crash into an altar, with the grace of God, I managed to navigate my way safely. I took pride in being able to represent my diocese, even with a task as small as banner bearer. This is what GFS is all about: each person contributing just a little, to achieve one greater purpose.

Mikaela Sesler
July 1, 2019

This year is my first year attending the GFS National Assembly. I had never experienced a business meeting before or knew how they functioned. I was given the honor of being the Junior Delegate for the Diocese of Los Angeles during the first session and now everything makes a whole lot more sense! Normally, I would be entertaining myself by sketching, reading, or zoning out.  But having to actively listen to others and their concerns gave me a clearer understanding on how the board works and learned how powerful soneones voice can be when they speak for what they believe in. I hope to have another opportunity to represent the LA diocese and  listen to other people’s ideas.

Aiyana Harris
July 1, 2019

The city of Philadelphia is where the birth of the nation took place. On Thursday we boarded a bus for a tour.   It took a long time for people to actually show up for the bus tour. We went on the tour and it was really hot. My mom and I were near the plastic hood on the top which was hot. We stayed there for half of the trip before we got to move. It was much cooler at the back of the bus and I was relieved.

After the tour, we went to a lunch place, ate Philly Cheesesteaks and we cooled of at a Starbucks for a while. Finally we made our way to buy souvenirs and the Betsy Ross museum. Philadelphia is very old and it has a lot of history to it. When we went through neighborhoods the houses looked very old fashioned. The place I enjoyed the most was the Liberty bell because it was pretty. We also saw some old technology called busy bodies. It was a three way mirror so people on the second floor could see who was at the door without the visitor seeing them.
Clover Brantner