My Tuesday call was with Renee, Kwame and Madam Ceci. She is so excited that I am coming to visit, she told me that she looks forward to having me in her kitchen area when the meals are served and that she looks forward to long conversations. Her voice is unique: soft yet strong, melodic yet very direct. I asked her to greet her grandson, Stefan. The school he goes to is still in session. Renee also told me the children all received the letters I sent them in late March and they were very excited to get a personal letter addressed to them individually.
I got an update from Renee's MOM that the First United Methodist Church of Clinton Iowa, awarded Renee Farwell and the Mawuvio's Outreach Programme the annual Dr. Margaret S. Emmons Memorial Award. This year the award is in the amount of $3125.00. This is the second time the award has given to Mawvuio's via Renee's involvement. Dr. Emmons was indeed a very special person, she traveled and did support work for missions in Africa. Below is an excerpt from her obituary from January 2010. How wonderful that her legacy is able to support the children of the Mawuvio's program in Kissemah. This Iowa-Ghana connection continues to remind me over and over that the world is indeed filled with amazing good people that sometimes will never know the extent of their influence, their goodness, their legacy. I plan to tell the children of Kissemah about Dr. Emmons when I visit in May.
Thanks to the First United Methodist Church of Clinton Iowa and all those involved in the management and selection of the Margaret S. Emmons Award recipient.