When You Empower the Woman, You Empower the Family

As we finished the last leg of our visit with our Tanzanian rafikis (friends), I can say that our journey  was full of hope and love. The 4 women’s groups (Lusanje, Kandete, Mesebe & Ndala) were eager to share the successes of the avocado, pig and potato projects.  It has been said many times, that when you empower the women, you empower the family.  Each of the women’s groups is very committed to helping the orphans and widows in their communities.

Pictured here are the leaders of Lukamenda.

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Since Kathy is a teacher, we visited several schools this trip. Pictured here is a classroom that has no desks. The children are asked to grab a stone to sit on for class.

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Kathy also brought a couple soccer balls as gifts to the school. This was a BIG hit!

We have been invited by the district pastor to meet 3 new women’s groups in this district. This was a very scary thing for me.  I thought we could perhaps meet one or two.  When we arrived there were 3 village visits on our agenda. I asked them to please choose 2. As soon as they agreed, I had the sensation that God was speaking to my heart, saying, “Do not be afraid to add 3 communities. Remember that I am in control and you are not.” So we met with the villages of Mbafwa, Isange and Mwakaleli.

My devotion today was the loaves and fishes story, reminding me that many fear they will not have enough – enough money, medicine, food, shelter, friends, love. But I have learned that God always provides for each of us today, and God provides for others through us. I just need to trust.

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