Discipled, equipped and transformed
Karin Fendick | Zambia
When opportunity knocks
“Bad things would happen and it made me believe that there was no God, or if there was, He would not care about me.” This is what Grace, a young mother of two boys, thought before she was introduced to OM Zambia’s Tabitha Skills Development, a discipleship programme focused on empowering and equipping vulnerable and marginalised women.
Grace reports that she once lived an ungodly life that included much drinking, but she happened to hear about Jesus and chose to put her life in His hands.
One Sunday morning, Grace and her husband Joseph were visiting a local church while the leader from Tabitha was speaking, inviting women interested in a tailoring course to submit their names. Joseph encouraged Grace, acknowledging that her talent so far had no opportunity for development. He urged her to apply. When she was accepted into the Tabitha program, true transformation started.
Grace began learning the ways of God through the mentoring and bible studies that are a vital part of the Tabitha programme. Each woman is challenged spiritually to find her identity and freedom in Christ by going through topics such as repentance, faith, hearing God’s voice and more.
“It was important for me to grow spiritually before I was able to expand in practical ways,” Grace said. In addition to specialised skills training, all women have a chance to receive guidance in life skills such as cooking, health, HIV/Aids, gardening, basic business and literacy. While she was digging deeper in Christ, the beading, tailoring and business skills she was also acquiring began to spark hopes of self-sustainability.
The training is indeed bearing a fruitful harvest. Peter, Grace’s son, was sad to be kept at home, missing school due to their inability to pay tuition fees. Now Grace has used her new skills to earn enough money to send an eager and excited Peter back to school this term. The family’s excitement is contagious.
A changed life changing lives
One day Grace and Joseph were caught out in a heavy rain. They were welcomed into a pastor’s home for shelter. They enjoyed a time of fellowship and conversation about the Lord. A few days later, Grace had a vision: that same pastor was dancing and telling her that one day she would be busy rescuing her friends from a life of darkness.
Life has been breathed into the bare bones of that brief vision for Grace now leads bible studies, teaching and mentoring many other women about the saving love of Jesus Christ.
Pray for this young family as they dream of one day opening an orphanage, continuing to seek ways to serve the Kingdom. They are currently participating in the Missions Discipleship Training Programme at OM Zambia.
Published: Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Credit: Karin Fendick