Friday, August 17, 2018

Welcome baby Jesa! And other prayer requests

We have big news from our Teen MOPS group in Kampala, Uganda. The coordinator, Sylvia, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this week!

But both Sylvia and Jesa need your prayers. Jesa was born ten weeks early with her cord around her neck, in serious condition. She is still in an incubator, though she has now stabilized. We are praying for full recovery, as having a disability (especially in Africa) can present many challenges. Sylvia also needs your prayers as she is exhausted and so concerned for her precious baby.

Thankfully, and also in need of prayer, a team from Kampala's partner MOPS group in Germany is visiting this week! Praise God for good timing. The team has big plans of installing a full chicken coop and readying the field they own for goats. The Teen MOPS group also sells homemade soap in the marketplace to provide income for their moms, and Amy, the leader from Germany, will be helping them with their marketing and packaging, as sales are not what they could be.

We have another prayer request. Cynthia from one of the Kisii MOPS groups is also pregnant and due in a few weeks. Unfortunately, it is an extremely high risk pregnancy, and the doctors are very concerned for the lives of both the mom and baby, due to complications in the previous births of her sons. She is on bed-rest and is preparing for a c-section in a few weeks. The financial situation is also very dire, as Cynthia and her husband run an orphanage for 30 other children. They completely feed, clothe, and school these children who have nowhere else to live. Please lift up Cynthia today and throughout this next month in your prayers. I will send an update after the birth!

Cynthia and I during a leadership training in Nairobi this past January

South Africa MOMcon is coming up in one week! We are so excited for what they have planned, and for the leaders from Zambia that are traveling to be there as well. We pray that many moms from the Capetown community come to see what MOPS is all about, and to have sweet fellowship with Jesus.

And finally, MOPS International has announced a new Global position: MOPS Ambassador. This position is for a local liaison (usually male pastor) in the countries we have MOPS that raises awareness and interest in MOPS by communicating the MOPS vision to other church leaders in events, conferences, retreats and gatherings through opportunities to promote MOPS on a regular basis. We created this thinking of the male pastors that are devoted to the MOPS vision, and while they do not lead groups, they drive people to MOPS through their passion for our ministry! We welcome two MOPS Ambassadors from Africa - Pastor Sammy Kimitios (from Kitale, Kenya), and Pastor Alison Kasiringi (from Kasese, Uganda). I have had the pleasure of working closely with both pastors for many years and know they will continue to do great things for the young mothers in their community.

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