Meaning “open spaces” in the original Hebrew, Rehoboth was the name of the well Isaac dug as accounted in Genesis 26. After he had named the well he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” Rehoboth Care Mission is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to living out the idea of being “fruitful in the land” by serving the needs of communities in Ghana.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:17
One of our most important investments in creating strong communities is in educating and empowering women to be industrious and independent. Rehoboth Care Mission provides vocational training in a wide range of trades. We also work with women to further develop their businesses and provide start up funding and supplies. This investment allows women to move past sustenance living and build ongoing income.
For $100USD we were able to provide a Ghana woman a way to start a hairdressing business in her community. With only $120USD we helped two women develop their asaana drink (made from fermented corn and caramelized sugar) business and move past day to day sustenance living. In another area a portable ice chest and a small amount of money provided the start up for a new water business for a local woman. With practical assistance provided by Rehoboth Care Mission, whole communities benefit from these Ghana entrepreneurs.
Rehoboth members conducted seminars in several locations in Ghana, mostly hosted by local churches. Budgeting skills, business plan development, and technical skills were some of the most important topics. Continuing education opportunities for these businesswomen can help them grow and expand their businesses in ways that might otherwise have been impossible.
We plan to create centers for women to find support, education, and empowerment. A brick and mortar building with variable functions and lots of room for future growth can change the lives of so many women by providing services in a safe and welcoming environment. Rehoboth has already acquired the land in the town of Royal Senchi for our first Women's Entrepreneurship Center.
And Jesus took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. Mark 10:16
Going to school, and having a safe place to do so, is absolutely essential to building a future free from poverty. Yet many children in Ghana attend school outside under trees or palm branch shacks. The communities lack the funds to create weatherproof school buildings.
Rehoboth Care Mission has already acquired the land and started construction on two schools. One in Elekpa in the Volta region and another in Kokrobitey in the greater Accra area. In our school buildings students and teachers can safely have school in all weather.
Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. Matthew 25:40
Rehoboth Care Mission seeks to provide practical support for the needy. We pay medical expenses, provide healthy lunches for schools, donate books and school supplies, and seek to follow God's direction in helping where we can. Ministering to those most in need, we visit prison and juvenile detention centers. Offering tangible goods, such as bottled drinks, and worship services. We also work directly with prison staff to better understand the needs of everyone in the prison system.
Rehoboth Care Mission was founded by Sarah Buxton-Plange, known as Sally to her friends. She was born in Ghana into a Christian family. The women in Sally’s family were leaders in the church with a heart for evangelism. Growing up in a mission house, Sally was involved in the youth programs of her church and went on mission trips with her aunt and older sister. With such strong examples of Christian women, Sally was called to the Lord and made the personal decision of accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at age thirteen. Throughout her teen years, Sally loved working with the young children in her church.
Beginning 1982, Sally attended in Action Faith Bible School in Accra, Ghana. Soon after she married Frederick Plange and left Ghana when she moved with her husband to London. While living in England, Sally was involved in the children’s ministry at Victory Church, where she attended with her husband. When they moved to Hammond, Indiana, Sally served for ten years in the children’s ministry of Hessiville Assemblies of God.
In July 2003 Sally and her husband moved to Moore, Oklahoma, where they still live today. While attending Rock Assemblies of God, Sally enrolled in the Berean School of the Bible. She yearned to learn more about God and His Word. She also began working with small inner-city churches in Oklahoma City. Sally used her giftings and experience to build up the youth programs in these small churches.
In 2009 the Lord put on Sally’s heart to go back to the area she grew up in Ghana. Using her knowledge of the area and years of ministry Sally worked with villages to meet the needs of women and children. Sharing the blessings God has given her with others and telling everyone of God’s love. From this first trip, Rehoboth Care Mission was born. Sally said yes to the God’s call!
Today, Sally and her husband attend Genesis Church. In addition to running Rehoboth Care Mission, she serves as a volunteer chaplain at Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Center. Her life-long call of working with young people has given Sally the experience to work with teens in the most difficult of circumstances, to help them see God’s love for them.
In my walk with God there has been mountain top moments as well as valley moments. I have been through trials, temptations, disappointments, disgrace, betrayal, sickness, and painful loss of a child. I experienced emptiness many times and have once been homelessness. Nevertheless, the same God who called me out of darkness into His marvelous light went through with me. He never left nor forsake me. The peace of God which passes all understanding kept me in all my problems.
I have learnt to understand and to love the Lord more and more, and it’s my earnest prayer not-to turn back regardless of the circumstances. It is my wish and prayer to serve Him for the rest of my life. He is a faithful God and His mercies endures forever, and His grace is sufficient for me. Finally, I can honestly state that I have never regretted making the decision to fellow the Lord Jesus Christ and to confess Him as my personal savior. – Sarah Buxton-Plange, founder and director of Rehoboth Care Mission
Elizabeth Larios is the youngest of five children born to Elva and Carlos Larios. Receiving several scholarships after high school, she attended Rose State College. While a student there, she was influential in passing a bond issue which helped Rose State College build community resources. Upon graduation, she transferred to the University of Central Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor's Degree in International Business from the University of Central Oklahoma. Elizabeth is currently working on her Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Elizabeth works for the Alliance for Economic Development for Oklahoma City, a 501c(4) organization who manages and coordinates land, incentives and economic tools that make Oklahoma City more attractive to companies and developers. Elizabeth offers a diverse and protective prospective to the overall mission of bettering and further developing OKC. She mainly assists with redevelopment, Urban Renewal and Opportunity zone projects. Elizabeth has dedicated her life to serving and bettering the lives of people from all backgrounds.
With her husband Rendon Farrell, Elizabeth attends Genesis Church in Moore, Oklahoma. She shared with a fellow church member what God had laid on her heart: mission in Africa, with a special call for empowering women. Through the Lord’s providence, this mutual church member connected Elizabeth with Sarah “Sally” Buxton-Plange. After meeting with Sally, they knew this is what God was leading them to do. Elizabeth became a co-laborer with Sally and joined as the Rehoboth Care Mission co-founder. While on mission with Rehoboth, Elizabeth submerged herself in the culture of Ghana. She worked with local leaders to try to understand the needs of the communities. Elizabeth’s call for women and experience with developing economic opportunities helped to create business incubation programs. This gives women vocational training, start-up funding and supplies; leading to economic development and self-sustainability.
As you can see, this mission is exciting, but it will take lots of time and money. I hope you can consider partnering with us. The road ahead of us is long and tough, but we are excited for what God has in store. We are excited for this new chapter of our lives, and we know God is doing great things! Thank you, and may God Almighty bless you.
-- Elizabeth Larios de Farrell, co-founder of Rehoboth Care Mission
Rendon Farrell is from Oklahoma City. He met his wife Elizabeth Larios at a work function in 2014. They attended the same church together while dating. They also went on a mission trip to Haiti with a group from Genesis Church in Moore, Oklahoma. The couple married in 2015 at Genesis.
Rendon is currently working as an EMT. He is also continuing his education at OSU-OKC in the Paramedicine Program. Feeling the call to serve behind-the-scenes, Rendon volunteers with the Audio-Video-Lights technology crew in at church. He met Sally Buxton-Plange through a mutual church member who know of the couple's desire to serve on mission in Africa. Rendon and his wife joined Rehoboth Care Mission using their different giftings to add to the team.
While on mission in Ghana, Rendon helped to facilitate classes in a variety of topics, aided in prison missions, and worked with local entrepreneurs. He is currently serving as the treasurer for Rehoboth Care Mission.
Sylvia Buckle was born and raised in Ghana. She moved to London, England, as an adult. It was there at Victory Bible Church she first met Sally Buxton-Plange. As their friendship grew they realized they had a similar calling for mission work and service. Sylvia attended the Bible school at Victory Bible Church to strengthen her Biblical knowledge. She has always worked in administrative and service-oriented work in her work for the church.
Sylvia now splits her time between Ghana and London. While in Ghana she runs a juvenile detention ministry in the capital city of Accra and an adult prison ministry in Akuse Prison. She uses her administrative skills to coordinate with local churches. The ministry focuses on providing food and supplies, teach classes and life skills, Bible training, and a music ministry.
Sylvia uses her giftings to do on the ground work in Ghana for Rehoboth Care Mission as a local Ghana Coordinator. She has been with Sally on all her various mission trips to Ghana. Sylvia follows up with the women who have participated in Rehoboth’s classes and workshops and those who have received business grants from Rehoboth to continue ministering to these women.
Joseph Buxton was born in the capitol city of Accra, Ghana. Raised in a Christian church-going family with a legacy of service, he is a brother to Sarah Buxton-Plange. His mother was a leader and teacher in the local church and very active in the community as a mid-wife.
Joseph, known as BroJoe, continues this legacy being well known in community for his service. Now living in Kokrobitey, Ghana, he is active on the building committee in his church and on the local school board. BroJoe works in the construction industry at a brick factory and also works in fishing. He is married with children and grandchildren. He serves as the local Ghana Coordinator for Rehoboth Care Mission. In particular he uses his knowledge and experience in construction to oversee the land projects.
Wilhelmina Nii-Owusu is Ghanian by birth but is currently living in Kent, England as a naturalized British citizen. She and Sally met at Victory Bible Church in London over thirty years ago. They felt an immediate bond as sister in Christ with similar giftings that continues to this day. Wilhelmina was impressed with Sally’s enthusiasm and dedication to the Lord. Although both have moved from the area, their time at Victory Bible Church left them still passionate for God’s business.
Wilhelmina’s love of music has led her to serve in the choir. She also enjoys teaching the Bible in Sunday school classes. Wilhelmina has always had a heart for evangelism. This gifting has given her a vision of returning to her native Ghana and working with orphaned and at-risk women and children. Sally shared the mission and vision of Rehoboth Care Mission with Wilhelmina. Knowing the calling God has laid on her heart, she felt led to be part of the team. She currently serves the UK Coordinator for Rehoboth Care Mission. She plans to go on mission with Rehoboth on the next trip to Ghana to work in the field.