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...
- Republic of South Sudan
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
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!