Sewing the Seeds of Success
Dossie’s 3rd and final trip blog from Africa (Kenya)
From providing vocational education to small business grants, your investments have really paid off! During the three weeks I spent in Africa, I stayed primarily with Dave and Cynthia Taylor, who have a deep desire to disciple everyone whom God sends their way. One such person was Wangui (pictured above). Several years ago, Cynthia taught Wangui (then a single mother of two young girls) to sew after they hired her to help with housework and cooking. Since 2019, Wangui has passed her excellent sewing skills on to widows and abandoned mothers who have a desire to know God and to become self-sufficient. She keeps her classes small so that each lady receives suitable attention, both instructionally and personally. I was thrilled to attend a graduation ceremony where four students each received their own machine as a graduation present.
Viola’s alcoholic husband abused her. After he once chased her with a panga (machete), she and her three children went to live with her parents. She received a small business grant through Heaven’s Family’s Widows & Abandoned Women Ministry to start her own “chips” (we would call them French fries) business. She’s been able to add selling charcoal to her business. Viola is a hard worker and has reaped the benefits of her labor. She recently purchased a small plot of land where she hopes to build her own house!
Miriam’s husband abandoned her last year, six months after she gave birth to a baby. They already had three teenage children. Miriam had a business in town, selling used clothing. But after her husband left, she had to draw on her profits to feed her family and couldn’t re-stock the inventory at her store. That’s where you came in. Through a small business grant, Miriam replenished her stock and now can pay school fees for her three teenagers and also manage her household needs. That’s pretty amazing! The cutest thing I saw while in Kenya was her baby sleeping in a stack of clothes covered by a piece of fabric while Miriam worked.
I am deeply grateful to be a small part of the work God has allowed me, you and our partners to achieve together. Most importantly, these ladies have received the opportunity to turn their lives around through knowing and following Christ. Thanks to you, their futures and the futures of their children are bright!
Thank you for joining me on this trip!
Director, Widows & Abandoned Women Ministry