Friday, March 23, 2018

The best place to start...

The intent of this blog is to share with the larger MOPS community the amazing ways we are reaching moms through MOPS on the continent of Africa. But this blog is also my solution to connecting our African groups together, by sharing their inspiration and success stories with each other. 

I think the best way to start off is by celebrating where we are right now in Africa. 

God has been so faithful; "Great is our Lord, and abundant in power!" (Psalm 147:5) 

By His work alone, MOPS Africa has grown in the last 6 years to over over 50 groups in 15 countries. There are amazing things happening on this continent, and I know that we are just getting started...

The countries where MOPS is located, or where we are training a new group, are:

  • Benin
  • Cameroon
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Republic of South Sudan
  • Rwanda
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia

We have recently appointed three Coaches to MOPS Africa: Sonja Basson (from South Africa), Cherry Tay (from Kenya), and Favour Mwaba (from Zambia). We also have a new MOPS Advocate, as well: Amy Heymann (from Germany, who has been partnering with our Kampala, Uganda group).

And, I am the new Global Ministry Developer for Africa. I have worked with some of our East-African groups since 2015, and took on this volunteer role officially in December. I have visited Kenya and Tanzania twice on mission trips since 2017, incorporating MOPS visits along the way! 

This past January, I coordinated a MOPS leadership training in Nairobi for 16 leaders from Uganda, Zambia, and Kenya. Following that conference, I visited our only MOPS group in Tanzania for a day. I pray that I will be back many more times to visit other countries in Africa, to meet with these amazing women of God.

Handing out the new MOPS Global curriculum during the Nairobi training

MOPS meeting in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

The moms in our groups have many skills -- including bead-work, soap-making, sewing, agriculture, and raising livestock. They are teaching each other ways to sustain their families. And, these strong women are reaching out to their communities by serving others less fortunate than themselves -- through avenues like adopting maternity wards, taking in teen moms, encouraging the elderly, and running their own children orphanages. 

MY WHY: Every MOPS group is made up of moms who want the best for their families. Every mom has a story; and every mom wants to feel seen and heard. If mothers are spiritually and emotionally healthy, and they learn how to lead their families and communities, they will raise up a strong generation of children. If done well, MOPS will have a trickle-down effect into our children and society that could change the planet. 

Because Better Moms Make a Better World!

Right now most of our African groups don't have a global-sisterhood-partnership with another MOPS group, but they have all been praying for one.... a group to support them emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes financially, too. 

If you and your local MOPS group feels called to a partnership like this, either in Africa or another continent, please let me know and I can help. We have groups in 48 countries around the world who would love to connect with you!