Monday, June 1, 2020

May Updates

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. - Philippians 4:8

Another month, more good news to report. I'm always thankful for the opportunity to look back over the month when I do these posts. It is such a great reminder that God is still working even when the darkness seems so overwhelming at times. There is always something praiseworthy.

MOPS Africa has gotten impressively technology-savvy this month ... which is crazy only because I myself struggle so much with it. But our African leaders were ready to jump into this long before I was, and it was the biggest blessing to all of us.

We've had four online video meetings on Zoom this month. The first was a trial-run to make sure everyone could log-on well. The time was filled with introductions, encouragement, and opening the floor for everyone to share a bit. We had over 35 MOPS Africa leaders from 11 countries! 

The last three meetings were virtual trainings on the following topics: 

  • All about MOPS Mentors
  • MOPS 101 - an introduction for our newer groups
  • MOPS Outreach

Praising God for such good turnout to all of these meetings and a wonderful opportunity to connect with so many leaders virtually when meeting in-person this year is not possible.

This month, a brand new MOPS group, lead by leader Oluchi Ogu, started in Andranomena Ambohbao, Madagascar. Congratulations for a great first meeting ladies. Welcome to the Global Sisterhood!

The first meeting is off to a good start - icebreaker!

We had several MOPS areas recently experience significant flooding in their towns - West Pokot, Kenya and Kasese, Uganda. One MOPS group in particular had several families loose most everything - please pray for them! But amidst the chaos, some neighboring MOPS groups came together and did what they do well - they make 2,000 bars of soap to help hand out to those most affected by the flooding. Subsequently, relief help also came with food, too.

Mixing the liquid before pour into bars of soap

And for fun - look at these colorful MOPS shirts our Cameroon group just ordered. Love it! 

Many countries across the continent still have restricted movement, and that's quite a struggle for MOPS groups. We pray that these areas stay safe and begin to open as soon as they are able.

And I want to close here with a benediction my pastor says every week as he closes service. It rings truer than ever now - We don't know what the next month will bring, but may God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you and give you strength, courage, and peace.