Friday, October 30, 2020

October Updates

Another month into this crazy year. And though my posts are generally upbeat, I don't want to minimize the hurt and tragedy of this year on so many of our MOPS moms around the world.

The economic impact of the lockdowns and the medical issues many have faced this year are nothing but terrible. And my prayers go out to each of the leaders and moms that are struggling right now. Our ministry encourages and equips moms. We believe that better moms truly make a better world, through a relationship with Jesus and their local church. When church is impossible to attend, and when we can't meet in person for encouragement and community with friends, we have to cling even harder to the only One who is always there, lockdown or not. May our strength and refuge be in Him today and every day. May He see us out of the other side of this valley.

This month in MOPS Africa, saw a rise in trainings and new groups as some areas have been able to open up recently! We have recently welcomed 24 (!!) new groups in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria. God is good.

Blessed Mothers, Nairobi MOPS - led by Carol

Assembly of the Disciples of Christ MOPS - led by Theophine

Our Kenya team has been busy, visiting and training groups in various regions of the country this month. Well done ladies.

Kisii MOPS, visited by coach Pamela and country coordinator Sylvia

Nakuru MOPS, visited by coach Pamela and country coordinator Sylvia

North Rift Valley conference on Oct 30, led by coach Janet and attended by leaders all over the region representing six MOPS groups

MOPS Ghana also had a training in a new area to share about our ministry. I was so happy to be a part of it over Zoom, and look forward to the fruit of their efforts!

I want to send a special congratulations to our several MOPS mommas who have had babies these last few months. And specifically to one of our group coordinators - Rosemary in Tanzania.

And finally, a congratulations to MOPS Zambia Country Coordinator for her ordination this month. May God be with your always, Pastor Favour!

Here are a few other beautiful faces we saw this month:

Preparing food at the Amasaman, Ghana MOPS meeting with Rev. Dorcas

MOPS meeting in Lusaka, Zambia with coordinator Elevine

Riverside MOPS meeting in Kenya

Waiyake MOPS meeting in Kenya

Friday, October 2, 2020

September Updates

Writing these monthly posts always brings such a smile to my face. I love celebrating what our African leaders are doing.

First, I want to celebrate the team that God has so faithfully put together these last few years. Our African groups are under such good care, and it is a special thanks to this MOPS Volunteer Team that dedicates their time and resources to continue the success of this ministry. Thousands of lives (over 4,000 families to be exact) are changing because of these women as well as the leaders of all of the 160 African MOPS groups. 

In other big news, our newest Global Curriculum has finally been released! It's a beautiful collection of 12 devotionals for our groups to use in their meetings, with creative ideas to bring joy and practical application into their mothering experience while helping them take their next step towards Jesus.

We'll be working to get this translated into eight (!!) African languages over the next few months for release in early 2021.

As many lockdowns continue to ease, the African groups are trying to meet together again. Here are some great photos and stories of this past month:

We have 11 new MOPS groups in the Kasese area that started this month! Here is Kathwekabuya MOPS

Ghana monthly leadership meeting

Leah and Sylvia visit Gatundu MOPS in Kenya

First face-to-face meeting in Guinea Bissau, as the group started during the lockdowns

A Kigali, Rwanda group sharing their recently made beaded bags

Bugalo Uganda Teen MOPS working hard in their sewing class that they do in conjunction with their MOPS meetings

Our new MOPS leader, Ruth, working with a church in Danane, Ivory Coast to start a MOPS group

Kiyabobo MOPS in Western Uganda

Waiyaki, Kenya MOPS meeting

Special Needs Uganda MOPS meeting

Githunguchu, Kenya MOPS meeting

Dominion MOPS in Lusaka, Zambia

Waiyaki MOPS moms in prayer