May News

God has given each of us one life here on earth to live and to make Him known.  Nearly every day I find myself asking the questions, “Am I doing all that God is asking me to do?  And am I loving Him with my whole being, or just limiting Him to work through certain areas of my life?”  My desire is to give my best for Him, and I trust you also desire the same.

God is on the move and I love that even when we keep trying to tell Him we aren’t good enough, He still chooses to use us in amazing ways.
I have found myself still wrestling with the fact that 4 years ago my life began to change in major ways.  My body is always in pain, it is usually quite weak, and I feel like I’m in a constant mental & emotional battle.  It can actually be so exhausting.

However, the amazing thing is that even though I sometimes feel like I’ve lost so much, God still wants to use me to empower others!  Over these past 2 months I’ve experienced God at work through Tabitha in Zambia & around Africa…in the lives of Ester & Imeldah…& in the community of 4Miles.

Read more here in my May newsletter – May 2019

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Leaders from Mozambique & Zambia helping one another during the Skills Trainer course

November Update

“Prostitution, beer drinking, drunkenness, insults, fighting, uneducated children, malnutrition and witchcraft,” answered Rachel when asked to describe her community called 4Miles.  “Everyone is living without hope.  I feel pity for the children here, all with dirty and ragged clothes, and drunk parents.  When someone gets sick they go to the witchdoctors, not realizing that is not where they can find real healing, truth, and everlasting life.”

Read Rachel’s full story that goes from hopelessness to renewed vision here in my November Update, along with some other exciting news!!

 

July Update

It’s that time again….I’ve got enough things that feel worthy of sharing in a newsletter 🙂

In this update I had the privilege of sharing a bit of my story over these last few months, my experience at the recent Freedom Challenge, some updates from Tabitha in Zambia, and my next steps forward!!

Click here to read on – July 2018

Together we are making a difference!

I am so proud to be working together in Zambia (and beyond) with Pharen,  an amazing Zambian missionary who has dedicated her life to serving God wherever that may be!
As I look back over my past few years in Africa, it is only natural to recognize the ‘Pharen’s’ and the amazing sacrifice they have made to serve their own people!
I believe that on our own we would be successful, but together we have empowered each other to make an even more significant difference in the lives of many people.

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Climbing for Freedom

A friend recently asked me the question, “over your past 2 years in Africa, what is the one thing that you have found to love the most?”

My immediate answer was, “seeing someone experience freedom for the first time ever, or for the first time in a long time…walking the road a few specific people who were so caught in poverty and felt they had no identity or purpose in life, but now knowing they are living daily in freedom.”

As I reflect back over that question, I greatly realize how important it is for me to help others come to a point of freedom and hope in their lives.
I have been so privileged to grow up in an environment that does everything it can to help me pursue my dreams.  I have been so greatly empowered, so therefore I desire to empower others. 

I have now been a missionary with OM for 3 years (1 in Switzerland, 2 in Africa).  Throughout this time, my heart has been torn in half so many times by the intense living situations so many people have.  It can come to a point where you either numb yourself to the hurting and pain of others, or you stand up taller and do something about it.
I am trying by all means to do the second option, together with God’s guidance.

My involvement with the Freedom Climb in Zambia has been that of working with vulnerable women…actually helping to establish a skills development program for them that brings them to a point of sustainable living.  I also have the privilege of aiding some of the other projects supported by the Freedom Climb, like the Makwati School.

This July, I have chosen to take another type of stand against the exploitation, abuse and poverty I have been living amongst.  I am climbing in this years Freedom Climb – an 8 day trek through the Alps, beginning in France and ending in Switzerland.

I am choosing to climb on behalf of the many children who have been abused and labeled to have no future, and the many women who have been thrown out, rejected and left without a voice.

In order to climb I am required to raise $10,000
What an opportunity this is to raise awareness and funds for such beautiful people!
I am designating all of this money towards the Tabitha Skills Development project and Makwati School in Kabwe, Zambia. (both projects supported by the Freedom Climb)

Will you join me?

Alps Climb LetterCheck out thefreedomclimb.net for more information

Hope for Pauline & Moses!

This is a short piece of Moses and Pauline’s life story.  I have had the privilege to spend the last year together with them, teaching and encouraging them, but also learning many things from them myself.  Pauline has taught me that no matter what situation you find yourself in, there is hope and freedom in Jesus.

Small Business Initiatives

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Patricia is a young mom who has passed through Tabitha. She is married, yet doesn’t see much of her husband and is therefore left to provide for and take care of her two children. With no encouragement or empowerment this is a difficult way for a woman to live her life.
Patricia started coming to Tabitha two years ago to be trained as a tailor. Because of her eagerness to learn, she progressed quickly. She didn’t mind about walking to Tabitha each day, if that meant she could acquire new skills and learn something about Jesus.
A few months ago, Patricia was also equipped with a micro-business training. This training completely transformed her life! The training is very practical, whereby each woman is given a loan of $8 in order to start her own small business. Patricia decided to make use of her sewing skills and began to sew small dresses out of local chetenge material. She found that she was successful to sell everything she made, and was able to reinvest a few times over. She used the leftover pieces of material to make small purses. Within two weeks she had made about $100…what many people make in a month! This gave so much dignity to Patricia, for she realized she truly could do something with the skills she had learnt. Patricia’s husband has also taken a new interest in her and is so proud of the small business she has started. He sees a lot of potential in her and is now encouraging her a lot. Together they are now saving money that they may buy their own sewing machine, for until now Patricia was doing most of the stitching by hand. Patricia is now dreaming of opening her own sewing shop, where people can order dresses and skirts.

This transformation in Patricia’s life is motivating many other women to also step out and do something with the skills they are receiving through Tabitha.