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"This sweet boy never told me his name. But he saw me, and sat on my lap for three hours straight. He fell asleep on me, and loved me. He reminded me that you can love people without words," wrote Shannon Wilkinson in an email to the Connection.

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A Life-changing Experience in Ghana

I recently got back from the most life-changing experience of my short 21 years. Yendi, Ghana is a beautiful place on the West Coast of Africa that is so completely different from our delightful home in Springfield. As I traveled out of the United States for the first time in my life, I had no idea what to expect. I knew I was going to bring them the gift of mosquito nets, but I was not expecting the gift I was about to receive.


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