Equipping and Empowering the Vulnerable
Yesterday, my heart pounded with pride as I watched Marie-José live out her passion for the vulnerable.
Chintenge Creations second sewing school, started in the Mamelodi township, was featured at the Mamelodi International Assemblies of God Church, where the school is housed.
Most of the ladies (and a couple of gentlemen) that you see in these pictures have little to nothing compared to those of us who read this blog. Some of them live in extreme poverty. Five months ago, the thought of touching a sewing machine, instilled fear, today, the outfits that they are wearing were created by the works of their hands.
I watched in amazement and listened intently as MJ shared her passion and enthusiasm with the two thousand plus people who attended that service. The congregation applauded when they heard how these ladies will graduate in November with the necessary tailoring skills and small business knowledge to start their own sewing enterprises, providing them with the ability to support their families!
MJ, thank you for having a true understanding of what missions is about. Your passion is contagious, your love for those you pour into week after week is genuine, and your ability to see a dream become a reality is inspiring. I am proud to call you my wife and best friend.
On another note, I would appreciate your prayers for MJ and myself. This coming Wednesday, I will meet Bill Pipke in Nairobi, Kenya and we will embark on a three week, four country tour of East and West Africa. Please pray for MJ’s protection during my absence and pray for fruitful ministry during my travels.
The following schedule will help you to know when to pray and what to pray for.
September 6 – CLI meeting with the Anti-Corruption Committee of Kenya
September 7 to 8 – CLI strategy meetings with our Kenya National Chairperson and his committee
September 10 to 13 – Introduction of CLI to Assemblies of God leadership in Accra, Ghana
September 14 to 15 – CLI Introductory Summit in Monrovia, Liberia
September 21 to 22 – Transformation Sierra Leone/CLI Big Five of Corruption Summit
Our quarterly newsletter will come to your mailbox in the month of October. At that time, we will introduce to you Rick and Janice Sui who are going to spend two months building relationships and establishing ESL with the Chinese at our Bridge Cultural Centre. They are a precious couple that God has brought across our path.
Thank you for your ongoing prayer support. We experience their effects on a regular basis.
Don and Marie-José (MJ)