Saturday, October 2, 2021

September Updates

This month I had the privilege of representing MOPS Africa at MOMCon USA in Nashville, Tennessee. It was a very small global team this year, due to so many restrictions with Covid and Visas. But we served hard and prayed hard and planned hard at the conference. And God is good all the time. Some of our global sisters were even able to watch parts of the conference that were live-streamed, and that was such a blessing to many around the world! We heard from one African leader that she was so discouraged over the last year, not knowing if she should fight anymore for the ministry in her community. But the encouragement she received from watching speakers at MOMCon was enough to give her the push to keep going this year with the work she is doing with MOPS.

Global team representing at MOMCon

Also this month we welcomed two new MOPS countries into Africa - Liberia and Sierra Leone!! These first meetings, as well as several others from other new groups around the continent, will be kicking off in October. MOPS Africa is so excited for what is coming! Welcome to all of our new MOPS groups this month.

Many of the coordinators around Africa helped me put together this collage. MOPS Africa is a beautiful community of bold world changers. These leaders, alongside many others, are doing big things in the name of Jesus! 

And the best part of the monthly posts is getting to see photos of all of the groups around the continent this month:

Lekki MOPS group in Nigeria

Subii Teen MOPS Uganda

PWCI MOPS in Ghana

Pure Word MOPS in Nigeria

Bugolo Teen MOPS Uganda

MOPS Zambia Leaders meeting up

Preparing a baby shower

Leaders training in MOPS Rwanda

Peace MOPS in Tanzania

Leadership meeting in MOPS Ghana

Waiyaki MOPS in Kenya

MOPS Nigeria Leaders meeting

Furaha MOPS in Tanzania

PWCI MOPS in Ghana

Blissful Innovation MOPS in Zambia

MOPS Leadership training in Ivory Coast

Faith MOPS in Tanzania

MOPS Madagascar 

Monday, August 30, 2021

August Updates - Ghana MOMCon

"Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand" - Proverbs 19:21

What an answer to prayer the last few weeks have been. 

After Covid cancelled plans for a Ghana MOPS conference in May 2020, the MOPS Ghana team watched a lot of planning, efforts, and funding go down the drain. But God had even bigger plans than we could have dreamed, and when an opportunity opened up to try again in August 2021, we decided to go all-in.

Chioma Obasi (Cohort Leader and Mentor Mom from Nigeria) and I flew into the capital city of Accra on Thursday, August 19 to kick off the opening ceremony of the MOPS conference. There was singing, performances, and a lot of excitement about the days to come. We also had the opportunity to meet Bishop Dr. Abban, the President of the National Clergy Association of Ghana, who is a big cheerleader of MOPS in the country. 

Bishop Dr. Abban, President of National Clergy Association of Ghana

On Friday, we met with the leadership of Ghana's 41 MOPS groups for encouragement, training, and goal setting for the year ahead. I spoke about growth and how to thrive as a leader. We looked at what God might be telling us in our MOPS leadership, and we set tangible goals for how to lean into God this next year.

50 leaders were present for training day

Small group discussions on goal setting

Saturday, August 21 kicked off Ghana's National MOMCon, where 387 leaders, moms, and pastors from around Ghana joined us to celebrate the official recognition of MOPS by the government of Ghana within their list of country-wide organizations. Myself, Bishop Dr. Abban, and Rev. Dr. Joyce Roselind Aryee spoke. There was singing and dancing and cultural performances, as well. It was a truly impressive event, with so much planning by the local MOPS leaders. Church leaders in Ghana are extremely supportive of MOPS and after this week, I believe the growth will be stronger than ever. MOPS Ghana started its first group in 2019 and is now 41 groups strong all across the country. 

Rev. Dr. Aryee speaking to the crowd

Chioma, me, and Harriet
In early August, we also had a continent-wide MOPS Africa training session with Sherri Crandall. We had the privilege of hearing her story, and we received some wonderful encouragement, as well.

An additional praise is the growth happening in French-speaking Africa. As a direct result of the training session from last month, there are 11 new MOPS groups in Ivory Coast and Mali. This is amazing.

A new MOPS group meeting together in Ivory Coast

Many other note-worthy events happened throughout Africa this month. Let's celebrate them here!

Furaha MOPS, Tanzania

Dominon MOPS, Lusaka Zambia

Kisumu MOPS in Kenya met up for a service project to clean their church

Soroti MOPS in Uganda

MOPS Kibera baby shower in Nairobi, Kenya

Riverside MOPS in Nairobi, Kenya welcoming two baby girls

A new MOPS group kicking off in Soroti, Uganda

Kigali MOPS, Rwanda

Gatundu MOPS, Kenya

Tedi MOPS in Lagos, Nigeria

Rose, Ivory Coast MOPS

Sunday, July 25, 2021

June/July Updates

There is much to celebrate in the beginning half of the summer! 

1. I want to start by highlighting the work being done in our French speaking areas of Africa. Pastor James from Ivory Coast has been doing a lot of MOPS group planting around West Africa these last several weeks, visiting Mali, Ivory Coast, and Senegal on behalf of the ministry. Under the leadership of Mandy, our Canadian & French Global Ministry Developer, over 50 women and several churches were given the opportunity to learn about MOPS, and several new groups have already been started from these efforts.

Women in Ivory Coast holding their newly translated MOPS Handbooks in French after a visit from Pastor James

Mandy, myself, and a group of future leaders in Mali on a Zoom MOPS training
MOPS Senegal training

2. During the month of June, our MOPS Africa leader group studied the book of Joshua together, to learn about Godly leadership. We read through several chapters of Joshua and accompanying devotionals, to apply God's word about time management, leaving a legacy, and handling failures to our roles as MOPS leaders. What a sweet time together in His word every week.

During our last zoom study together discussing the importance of leaving a Godly legacy

3. Coming up in just a few weeks, MOPS Ghana is hosting its long awaited MOMCon!! Myself and Chioma Obasi (from Nigeria) are planning to attend. After having to cancel the conference in May 2020 due to Covid, I desperately desire to attend this year's conference. Please be praying for God to go before me in my travels to West Africa for this opportunity. Please also keep the health of all of those attending in your prayers! 

4. And finally, please keep our African MOPS groups in the countries of Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and South Africa in your prayers, as they are recently back in varying stages of lockdowns. For those that were able to meet, here are some of our lovely groups over the last two months:

MOPS Madagascar, meeting after a long break due to Covid restrictions

Pure Word MOPS, Nigeria

Beautiful art projects by Holy Chapel MOPS, Zambia

Kenya Country Leadership meeting

MOPS Ghana leadership meeting

Blissful Garden Park MOPS, Zambia

MOPS Nigeria empowerment program conference

Kibera MOPS, Kenya

MOPS Faith, Tanzania

Lamptey Mills MOPS, Ghana

Cohort Leader visit Nairobi Believers Mission, Kenya

Blessed MOPS, Kenya

Dominion MOPS, Zambia

Bugulo MOPS, Uganda

Makutano MOPS, Kenya

Mois Bridge MOPS, Kenya