Our only group in Ghana (located in Accra) had its first meeting earlier this month! How wonderful to see moms from a new country getting together in beautiful fellowship. Praise God for this awesome news.
|MOPS Ghana's first meeting|
Here are a few updates on my trip to Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda earlier this month, which I took with another MOPS USA leader -
Kenya MOPS Coach Sylvia and I (and Lisa!) traveled to a church that I have connections with, just north of Nairobi. We presented MOPS as an good opportunity for the church to work with the moms in their community. We are following up with these leaders, and pray they are ready to start a group soon. We love meeting moms all over Africa, and truly believe that every mom needs Jesus. So, we will reach out to these communities, one church at a time, until we make that a reality!
|Sylvia (top left) and I introducing MOPS in Githunguchu, Kenya|
In Tanzania, I met up with the coordinator and pastor of the Moshi Tanzania MOPS group, to share with them the new curriculum and offer encouragement and love from their sister group from Colorado!
|Rosemary (right), coordinator of MOPS Moshi|
And finally, Coach Favour and I traveled to Kigali, Rwanda to help introduce MOPS to group of moms through a connection we have made with Hope Haven Rwanda - an amazing school reaching the local community in powerful ways! We had 135 women attend a MOPS meeting, where we shared the Gospel message, did a photo icebreaker, spoke about finding One Word to keep focused, and did a craft! It was a lot of fun. The following day we invited the women back who were interested in hearing about leading a leadership team at MOPS. We covered the MOPS Leader Guide and the Global Curriculum. We had 70 women come back the second day, and had 12 leaders teams set up who are very interested in starting new groups. We are now praying for these groups to begin the processes of signing a ministry agreement form and kicking off their meetings!
|Mom showing off her craft in the MOPS introduction meeting at Hope Haven in Kigali|
|Favour Mwaba sharing her experiences of being a leader in MOPS Africa|
I also met with the leader of our ex-pat group in Kigali, comprised of American, British, and Australian moms. How great it was to hear what this group has been up to the past year. It is not easy being so far from 'home', and we pray these moms are able to find community and support through MOPS during this part of there time overseas.
In other beautiful news, MOPS Ambassador Amy traveled with a group to Kampala Uganda to attend a sewing school graduation for many of the moms in the MOPS group that she is partnered with. This relationship the group has with Amy is a beautiful thing to see.
And just this week, Kenya Coach Sylvia has also helped lead a MOPS training with another MOPS leader from the USA. One of our mentor moms (Jodi!) came to Nairobi with her church mission team, who comes annually to help with an organization, Missions of Hope International. She decided last year to do an Introduction to MOPS training with this group they partner with, and this year worked together with Sylvia to do another training to kick off a group here in the Mathare Valley. Well done ladies! It was a big success and the moms are very excited to start.
|MOPS training at Mathare Valley with Jodi and Sylvia|
Please pray for MOPS South Africa. They are holding their second annual MOMcon next month in Cape Town, and we can't wait to hear all about it!
Finally, our MOPS group in Lagos sent in this photo of their group learning how to make a food called shawarma at their most recent MOPS meeting. They had a new mom join this month, who later thanked the leader for a great time in fellowship with the other moms in the group.