This month we have a special issue highlighting the invigorating work that is building in different parts of Kenya and Bolivia, two key areas in which CBM partnerships have been involved in strategic work for decades. Introducing CBM Executive Director Terry Smith’s latest interview in “Co-Mission”, with Aaron & Erica Kenny, CBM Africa Team Leaders in Kenya. The life-giving work they are involved in with their valuable team in Africa would not be possible without God’s divine hand and your support. Please continue reading for more of the latest updates!
Educate a woman and you are educating an entire village is an African proverb that highlights the potential of women to be the greatest influencers for change in their families and communities, and yet so many are still denied the chance to develop their gifts and abilities.
She Matters Too is the next step in CBM’s campaign for gender equity, to educate, equip and empower some of the world’s most marginalized girls and women. The first phase focused on improving access to education for girls. Now it’s mom’s turn!
Hawa, a single mother now living in Kenya, shares her story:
I fled war in Somalia after my mom was killed. I too was shot but survived…People who helped me get to Kenya insisted that I marry a relative to show appreciation for saving my life. A few months later, pregnant with our child, my husband divorced me and returned to Somalia. I work hard, but it’s not enough. My daughter and I often skip meals. CBM has really helped me in finding friendship, a group that I can belong to (Self-Help Groups) and skills training. I can make scarves and diras (Somali dresses). I get a share of the group business projects and am encouraged to work harder and stay committed to my group…I am especially grateful for my daughter’s scholarship. If not for CBM, she would not have had this opportunity. God is my inspiration. He always finds a way to help me. I have come from nothing and now have peace.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, on May 8, let’s remember courageous young moms like Hawa around the world. Give a gift in honour or memory of a special woman in your life, or participate in She Matters Too today.
CBM is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill and Janice Dyck as Global Field Staff to Bolivia, with an anticipated arrival in the country in early 2017.
Bill and Janice Dyck currently live and work in Calgary where they are both actively involved at First Baptist Church. Bill has been the Interim Lead Pastor since August 2014, and also continues to serve in his previous role of Pastor of International Ministries, providing support to four different ethnic congregations.
Prior to that, the Dycks worked with CBM from 1999 to 2013. They were Global Field Staff in Indonesia for 11 years, training and mentoring pastors, students and church leaders. After returning to Canada in 2010, Bill took on the role of CBM’s Western Canada Manager, engaging with churches to promote and support global discipleship initiatives.
CBM believes the timing was God-ordained for their next assignment, as our oldest partner, the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB), continued to voice its desire to equip and mentor their leaders, especially in their understanding and practice of integral mission – sharing God’s love through word and deed. As a seasoned couple with experience in a wide range of ministry contexts, the Dycks will be an excellent resource to the UBB. Please pray for them as they enter a new transition returning to the field.
An important annual event that occurs in Moncton, NB is a youth conference called Springforth, where students & leaders are challenged to taking a springing leap forward with God in their lives, while raising awareness and funds around an important cause.
In partnership with CBM, for the past several years, the students of Springforth have been supporting projects in Kenya, first in helping provide food security through raising funds for seeds, tools and trees for farmers in need, and now for vulnerable orphans and children that are part of CBM’s Guardians of Hope program for those impacted by HIV and AIDS. Springforth is sending kids to camp – Kamp Tumaini! Canadian & Kenyan Christian youth volunteer together to give children impacted by HIV and AIDS a camp experience filled with hope, hosting activities that include time for play, learning crafts and skills, connecting with each other, and Bible studies. A once in a lifetime experience.
Kenya is the country with the 4th largest number of HIV and AIDS infections in the world, with approximately 1.4 million Kenyans currently live with HIV. Around 160,000 of these are children.
Children in families affected by HIV and AIDS experience stigma, isolation, fear, grief and loneliness. Many have lost parents and other loved ones to AIDS, and some are HIV positive themselves. CBM’s Guardians of Hope program helps overcome stigma through education, assists with community development projects, and provides resources to help communities respond to needs of orphans. You can also help send a child to camp! Join us in bringing a very Canadian experience to the lives of Kenyan children.