Friday, November 25, 2022

November Updates

Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! - Psalm 107:1

As we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the US, it is perfect timing for giving thanks to God for another incredible month in MOPS Africa. 

The highlight of the last few weeks was the MOPS French Africa Leadership Conference in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Mandy Dessureault and I traveled to this beautiful West African country, along with leaders from Benin, Mali, and Senegal to meet together as a united group of MOPS leaders. Mandy and I spoke about the Leadership Style of Jesus, gave devotionals about Exodus 17 and Colossians - relating these parts of scripture to MOPS, encouraged these leaders to continue in their efforts and not to grow weary despite persecution their regions (Gal 6:9), and enjoyed many icebreakers and group activities. It was the first time most of these women met in person, and I am confident that the relationships built will result in reaching so many new women with the gospel - especially in some unreached areas of the continent. 

A room full of discussion small groups, following a devotional from Mandy. One of the best aspects of MOPS is the importance we place on discussion time during a meeting.

Group activity "We Go Together" after a leadership training from Destiny. We decorated friendship bracelets, then exchanged them with a new friend from French Africa
Icebreakers and relationship building

We also visited two local MOPS groups, had many (book-worthy) adventures in the car, and concluded our time with beach visit. Not shown in these photos: the hundreds of hours of prep time both for Mandy and I, as well as the conference leads and Pastor James in Cote d'Ivoire; the emotional and physical toll of putting on an event like this; the 24-hours of traveling for most of the visiting leaders to be able to come together. And only partially shown: the generations of impact that will benefit from moms who are changing the dynamics of their families, their community, and the world. This trip directly touched 60 MOPS groups and 1,000 women and their families. It's truly no small thing. It's incredibly exciting, and we covet your prayers in this endeavor.

Speaking of prayer, our next continent-wide 24 hours of prayer day is Saturday, December 3. Would you commit to setting your clock for a 30-minute period of time on that day to join us in prayer for the efforts of our leaders all across the continent?

MOPS Zambia leadership is on a mission to visit all of the MOPS groups across their regions. It's been great to see them joining in the various MOPS meetings this month:

Dominion Worship Centre MOPS
Christ Global Church MOPS

Many other beautiful photos of MOPS groups across Africa this month:

A brand new MOPS group meeting for the first time in Baruwa Ipaja, Nigeria

Sango MOPS, Kilimanjaro Tanzania
Divine Daughters MOPS, Lagos Nigeria
Abidjan MOPS, Cote d'Ivoire 
Faith MOPS, Dar Es SalaamTanzania
Dominion Worship Centre MOPS, Lusaka Zambia
Leader's meeting, MOPS Ghana
Faith MOPS Arusha, Tanzania
Moussoba MOPS, Bamako Mali
Kyaani MOPS, Machakos Kenya
Dominion Worship MOPS, Zambia
Pure Word MOPS, Lagos Nigeria

Friday, October 28, 2022

October updates

I've been a bit preoccupied preparing to leave next week for our first ever MOPS French Africa Conference in Abidjan, Ivory Coast - so today is a photo dump to show off some of the beautiful faces of MOPS Africa this month. :)

We are praying for health, safe travels, and an impactful meeting together for our 41 leaders from USA, Canada, Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, and Benin! I'll share all about the trip when I return.

Please enjoy these updates from around the continent this month:

Sango MOPS, Tanzania

Dominion MOPS, Zambia

Divine Daughters MOPS, Nigeria

MOPS Zambia leadership meeting

Pure Word MOPS, Nigeria

Divine Daughters MOPS prayer meeting, Nigeria

Wajir County MOPS, Kenya - New Group!

Parys MOPS, South Africa  - New Group launched!

Sango MOPS, Tanzania

Faith MOPS, Tanzania


Kasese Region MOPS, Uganda

Kasese Region MOPS, Uganda

Dominon MOPS, Zambia

Divine Daughters MOPS, Nigeria

Ivory Coast Leadership Team

MOPS Ivory Coast

MOPS Benin

San Pedro MOPS, Ivory Coast

Ghana MOPS Leadership Meeting on service

North Rift Valley Regional Conference, Kenya

Segou Region MOPS, Ivory Coast

Bamako MOPS, Mali

Kannani MOPS, Kenya

Kannani MOPS, Kenya

Saturday, September 17, 2022

August, September Updates - A focus on rememberance

I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands -                               Psalm 143:5

Throughout scripture, we are told again and again to remember and tell the works of the Lord. We so quickly forget all of the ways He answers prayer, makes a way before us, and gives us strength to carry out the mission He set before us. We forget all the times He is so good to us, and we quickly succumb back to ungratefulness and feelings of hopelessness as we try to carry the weight of the world on our own shoulders. But, He wants us to regularly write down and share it out loud what He has done, for our own benefit; to remind us and give us back hope and certainty that if He has been with us before, He will surely continue as He has promised. These commands to remember are also to give Him back the glory - It can be easy to take credit for our efforts and overemphasize our own role in our life circumstances. 

By sharing here each month, I aim to show the world how big God is and how many incredible things He is doing across this vast continent. There is not a chance all of this could happen through any of our own efforts - an entire region of moms that now comprises over 10% of MOPS International showing up with almost no budget and a whole lot of faith, continuing to see miracles of answer prayer and moms growing closer Jesus. We see growth month over month despite the most difficult economic and cultural roadblocks out there. What an honor it is to get a front seat in cheering on all these incredible leaders and seeing how God is working in the lives of the moms across Africa.

This last month held several big events:

MOMCon Ghana was held in Accra in late August. 234 women attended, representing the 45 MOPS groups from all over the country. What an incredible event it was! There were speakers and empowerment sessions including a training on food preparation - pizza and smoothies - as well as a session on body care - making washing liquids. Congratulations team on a terrific job.

The dream team! MOPS Ghana leadership.
Skills workshop at the conference

MOMCon USA was held in early September with approximately 1,600 moms and leaders. Due to many visa and funding issues, we had no Africa leadership attending this year; nonetheless it was my privilege to represent MOPS Africa in San Diego. There were 20 global leaders attending, and it was great to hear from groups all over the world: Albania to Australia, Brazil to Latvia, and everywhere in between. We had a global breakfast on the final morning of the conference, where several global leaders had the opportunity to share about the different MOPS regions and many US leaders attended.

Main session gathering
Global team - including 20 international leaders
Mandy Dessureault received the Heart of Service award for her commitment to French Africa MOPS 
Global breakfast presentation - Destiny sharing about MOPS Africa

One special group was started this month, in the area of Wajir, Kenya. It took MOPS Country Coordinator, Sylvia, 10 hours in car through the bumpy sand of the Chalbi Desert to reach a group of women who are located in a Muslim community near the Somali border. The Christian community here practices in predominantly underground fellowships due to high religious restrictions. Upon returning home, Sylvia said, "the young moms are super excited and grateful for introducing MOPS to them. They saw the hand of God by me just going to them and teaching them what MOPS is all about. They said they really needed it." Thank you Sylvia, for your faithful service to reach these women all over your country. What an opportunity! 

There were other groups started this month in Ivory Coast and Kenya due to the amazing efforts of our leaderships there. Thank you for your willingness to serve and multiply this ministry!

In case there is ever doubt about how MOPS Africa is thriving these days, take a look at the gorgeous photos below. These groups are on fire for God and enjoying their time together growing as women! This Is Motherhood: 

Bamburi Mombasa MOPS, Kenya
Kateve MOPS, Kenya

New group Mount of Hope MOPS first meeting in Nairobi, Kenya

Pure Word MOPS, Nigeria

MOPS Madagascar
Subii MOPS, Uganda completing Meeting 5 activities about Boundaries from the Global Curriculum

Nairobi Believers Mission MOPS, Kenya matching in green
MANFLA MOPS, Ivory Coast, working in their group owned cassava fields
MOPS Zambia Leadership Team meeting about next year's countrywide conference
Bongouanou MOPS, Ivory Coast
Bamako MOPS in Mali
Githunguchu MOPS, Kenya training on breastfeeding and nutrition
Momsnext Mentor Moms, Nigeria planning a November workshop
Duekoue MOPS, Ivory Coast
Pure Word MOPS in Nigeria, celebrating the birth of a new baby
MOPS Madagascar
Yopougon MOPS, Ivory Coast
MOPS Benin
Dakar MOPS, Senegal
Sango MOPS, Tanzania completing the Emotions meeting in the Global Curriculum

Divine Daughters MOPS, Nigeria