Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock - Acts 20:28
We have some remarkable updates to share this month. The biggest highlights were the events that took place in Zambia in early May.
MOPS Africa held its first ever continent-wide leadership summit, welcoming 19 of the top leaders of 10 nations together. We had an incredibly successful three-day event, forming new relationships, being encouraged and trained as leaders, and setting goals for the upcoming years ahead. Sherri Crandall, Vice President of Global Experience and Leadership Studies, Nichole Tautz, Vice Chair for the Board of Directors, and Destiny Leahy, the Regional Manager for MOPS Africa hosted this event in Lusaka. They heard inspiring stories from around Africa of the many lives being changed through MOPS as these leaders work tirelessly to grow the ministry within their regions.
Those present included country coordinators, cohort leaders, and MOPS pastoral ambassadors who represented over 8,000 women and their families directly connected to a MOPS group within their regions. Though almost all of those leaders had been trained and visited in-person in their local countries over the last five years, this was the first opportunity to bring everyone together in one location to dream big together. They each brought a contagious passion for reaching moms across the continent, and we are already seeing the fruit of our time together as they have reached back home, on fire for their work ahead. One of the biggest initiatives the leaders left with was the goal of reaching unreached areas of their countries and even new countries on the continent to continue to multiply the ministry. MOPS Africa is currently our largest growth region in the world, expanding 10-fold in the last six years.
During this visit, we also had the opportunity to meet with a government representative of Zambia to share the ministry vision, train the local MOPS Zambia leadership team, attend a local MOPS group, and speak at the conference which launched the NGO Mothers of Destiny in partnership with MOPS Zambia. And finally, we were able to make key contacts in other parts of Zambia which have already started MOPS groups in new regions, as well!
|The Director of the Minister of Social Affairs of Zambia|
|MOPS Zambia Coordinators - leadership training|
|Local MOPS meeting|
|Celebrating the newest little MOPS baby in Nigeria|
|MOPS Benin seminar. Topics: Women of Faith. Being a Great Mom.|
|MOPS Togo meeting|
|Pastor James has opened many new MOPS groups around Côte d'Ivoire|
|MOPS Cameroon reigniting their meetings after a break|
|Glory MOPS in Kenya|
|Christ Global Ministries International MOPS in Zambia|
|PCWI MOPS in Ghana|
|Foursquare Gospel MOPS reignited in Nigeria|
|Mandy and I doing a training during a leaders MOPS training in Côte d'Ivoire|
|Faith MOPS Tanzania|
|MOPS Ghana Cohort Leader - Bishop Dr. Gladys Asante graduated with her doctorate degree in divinity|
|Kasese Uganda MOPS|
|MOPS Zambia leadership meeting|
|Nairobi MOPS graduation ceremony|
|I called into MOPS Madagascar to share with the group|
|Riziki MOPS, brand new group in Northern Kenya|
|Pure Word MOPS, Nigeria|