|Some of our MOPS moms in Lusaka, Zambia|
Last August, the original group in Lusaka (the capital of Zambia) adopted a maternity ward which they have committed to regularly visit, share the word of God, and give these new moms spiritual and emotional encouragement. The MOPS groups have raised money to support this ward in very tangible ways, like providing a microwave, cleaning supplies, and medical supplies. The women who give birth here don't have enough money for a proper hospital. And at public institutions like these, they can expect to share a bed with several other women. They often have to give birth on the floor, without adequate medical attention.
|Two women share a bed at the Lusaka maternity ward|
Favour Mwaba, the coach for our Zambia groups, visited the U.S. last September to attend MomCon 2017 and learn more about how she can bring MOPS to the moms in Zambia. She was also able to accompany me back to Washington D.C. and speak at two local MOPS groups in Maryland.
|Myself, Favour, and another MOPS leader in front of the White House|
|Favour speaking at a local MOPS group in Maryland|
I have been so inspired at what Favour and her groups have been able to do since she returned home to Zambia just a few months ago. For starters, the number of groups in Zambia has since increased from one to six!
In December, Zambia MOPS fundraised enough money to bring two leaders from Kampala, Uganda to teach the Zambian moms how to make soap. The Kampala group has been working for over a year, to learn the skills of soap making to raise money for their teen-MOPS group. The goals of Zambia MOPS learning this new skill are two fold: to provide their adopted maternity ward with soap for the moms giving birth, and to sell the soap in their community to give back to the ward financially. The MOPS groups are also learning skills like beaded jewelry, making deodorant, and also sewing doormats, in order to raise funds for the maternity ward.
|Jane, a MOPS leader, giving soap making a try!|
|Chilufya and myself in Nairobi, Kenya for a MOPS leadership training|
And I just found out yesterday that another Zambia group has recently adopted 3 local orphans and are providing their food and schooling needs.
|These kids can attend school this year because of MOPS Zambia|
|Official registration for MOPS Zambia|
Praying that God will continue to give them, and all of MOPS Africa, the fire to do great things for His glory!