It’s back to school time for many of the children and youth in our communities, as well as for young adults. But not only here in Canada, there are many others who are also putting their education to use! This issue of World At Your Door, we are excited to introduce to you the next step in CBM’s Advocacy Campaign – She Matters 3. You can support enhanced learning and leadership opportunities to empower women leaders who inspire, encourage and help others to develop to their God-given potential. We can’t wait to see how many churches across Canada choose to stand and support this leg of the incredible She Matters campaign. Join us, and read on!
“My name is Samar. I am a Master of Divinity graduate of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon. I work as a counsellor and Bible teacher at a school. Since the Syrian crisis started, I am also involved in my church’s ministry among refugees. We spend much time in prayer with them. A lot of healings have happened. I do discipleship training for women who have come to faith, who are now themselves leading Bible study groups, and others to faith. They pray with such fervor. The joy and transformation that you see in them is so beautiful. It is amazing to see what God is doing through the whole Middle East. It is just beautiful to be a part of it.”
Yes, it’s here! She Matters 3 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.
Funds and awareness raised in this year’s campaign will support important initiatives such as:
- Offering theological education scholarships to female church leaders in the Middle East and North Africa, a region in turmoil and in need of Christian witness
- Empowering women in Rwanda by providing training on gender issues, women and children’s rights and entrepreneurship
- Supporting national female pastors so they are able to serve and among the Chinese diaspora
- Other CBM programs which seek to educate, equip, and empower some of the world’s most marginalized women and girls
Photo credit: Johnny Lam Photography.
September 8 is International Literacy Day, and we recognize the dignity that exists in learning to write your name… for the very first time. No matter what your age. Meet Suntoki (born circa 1938), the oldest literacy student in a remote village in Odisha, India who just started to learn how to read and write in the past year, through one of CBM's literacy programs. It is being done through the Adult Literacy Program and Tuition Centre, operated by the Soura Baptist church, which has provided literacy training to at least 600 people already. Study materials are provided, including white boards and slates, along with literacy and tutoring centres, with training for teachers of these centres.
“It is estimated that about 33% of women in India are illiterate. The number is higher than men due to gender inequality,” shares Johnny CY Lam, a photographer who visited the project last year with CBM’s mosaic magazine editor, Laurena Zondo. But things are slowly changing, through awareness programs and meetings being run through this project. Now, women are eagerly participating in this program, with 300 villagers now being able to read and write the alphabet, words and numbers. They can write their own name and address for the first time in Sora, a Munda language of India spoken in Southern Odisha. Let’s continue to support and pray for these incredible efforts, which proves that the joy of learning is never finished!
Shared by CBM Field Staff, Jonathan and Jan Mills.
Nadine is one of seven children. Her father left before her youngest sister was born. He had HIV and AIDS and led an unhealthy lifestyle. Nadine’s mom started to get sick, dropping to 30 kg and was very ill from HIV and AIDS. Unable to feed the family, the children were suffering from malnutrition. She could not pay for rent so all eight of them had no place to go. She had little hope. Then Pastor Jonas heard about their situation and arranged for them to live in one end of a parsonage. He recommended that CBM’s Children of Hope program could help.
Nadine goes to school now! She has hope for the future since she started on medication for HIV, through the program. Yes, Nadine was born with the illness. Her mother is also on the medication and feels much better. She has been given training to sew and also has a pump sewing machine. The rest of the children have received schooling also. Her older sister has gone to hairdressing school. And her little sister will start school next year. She is really happy that her little sister does not have the disease. Nadine wants to be a nurse, to help people the way the nurses helped her to feel better when she was sick. She loves school and loves life. With her mother able to sew and make a little money, the family is doing better.
Thankfully Pastor Jonas met this family when he did. This is one of many families and children that have been supported over the years. Many are orphans but many are vulnerable children like Nadine. With health care, nutritional coaching and schooling, this family is planning for tomorrow.