Women on a MissionRich Stigall
Today, Kansas City women are on a mission of a lifetime. A journey that has been a year in the making for 12 committed women and close to 100 others who recently supported them in the 100 for 100 Give Hope for Christmas event.
In fall of 2009, a Ugandan official visited with me and asked me if I understood the plight of women and children in Africa?
“In my country, women particularly are marginalized, ostracized, isolated, mutilated and uneducated…they have lost their voice. Imagine what it would mean if a group of women from the west (the First World) would CHOOSE to invest in their lives–the very least of these, the women and orphaned children of the Third World? You would not only be rescuing them and building them a home, but a future and a hope. You would be giving voice to the voiceless!”
That’s when I knew, one home would certainly not do; this was more than what one person could do, but what a circle of women together could do. Never underestimate the power of a committed circle of women to change the world! Together, we would build a village for at least 100 children, most of whom were orphaned by AIDS, and the women, the Mamas, who would care for them. In so doing our lives and theirs would be bonded together and changed forever.
Today, The Father’s Village, in Kabale, Uganda is built! 100 children and their Mamas have a new home. They have been “adopted” into a loving community church and attend school. However, 100 new students does tend to overcrowd a school! Therefore, nearly 100 women joined to give Hope this Christmas to 100 of our children by funding a new addition to the school which will accommodate 120 students. The school wing is being built now, from the heart investment of other women, all mothers themselves! Women on a mission indeed.
So, collectively, we have 27 bags packed and ready to go for fourteen days on a journey of joy, to The Father’s House, Uganda and Rwanda.
Join us with your heart!
More to come…