DEC Ghana: Build the Destiny

DEC Ghana: Build the Destiny

From Mary Parker

Squatting sounds like such a nasty word--& it can be! Over 600 children are squatting with their families near the capital of Ghana and we aim to change that. Help us raise funds to conduct a community needs assessment.

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I am beginning a permanent project in the West African country of Ghana—I’d love for you to be a financial and prayer partner in this mission with me.   

With my local church, Living Destiny--based in Norfolk, VA, I am leading our educational non-profit, Destiny Empowerment Center (DEC).   

Our focus is community development through the lens of youth empowerment. Our mission is to expose youth to career building and life-skill applications that will ultimately empower them to impact the kingdom of God through their skill-set.

Over the past 2 years, we’ve provided glasses, books and school uniforms to children in a growing squatter camp outside of the capital of Accra. We've worked with a local Ghanaian  woman who, on her own, has fed, clothed  and ministered to these children.   

 Now it is time to identify permanent and sustainable measures  for these youth.  From August 20th - September 17th  2018, I will be in the  community of Mempeasem, Legon and greater Accra conducting a needs assessment with potential partners and community members.  

The vision is to build a Destiny Empowerment Center where opportunities are created for youth that enhance their life skills, increase exposure to diverse career fields and have access to opportunities that increase their awareness of what they can be and who they are.  

 I humbly ask for your financial support as I seek to raise $1000 for this leg of the journey. A trip like this requires financial support from a number of people. I recommend a gift of $50, $100 or $150, but of course, any amount is more than welcome and helpful toward reaching the goal by my departure date of August 20th.  (online donations can be made at:

 While money is necessary, it comes in a distant second to my need for prayer support and spiritual covering.  Would you commit to praying daily in the areas listed here:  

  • Spiritual covering now, during and after the trip 
  • Favor and grace with all I encounter as work to build relationships for our work 
  • Spiritual development, strength and growth 
  • Divine helpers Health and safety 
  • Financial support

Thank you for considering supporting me through prayer and/or giving. This trip project is impossible without the generosity of so many. 

Grateful for the places God draws us

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