1. Kenya: The Face of Poverty by Barbara Collins
Poverty has a face. I know because I have
seen it. I first saw it in the church. Every church from now on
would have a dirt floor. Every bench we would sit on would not have
a back. However, on some occasions, churches provided a chair, and
we were blessed. Needing to go to the toilet necessitated going to
an outhouse. On the way, I jokingly said to some men in Kitale
building a new one that I wouldn’t be able to wait on them to
complete their job! The toilets most everywhere we went except for
the two hotels in which we stayed in Kitale and Bungoma were on the
Click Here for the remainder of Barbara's article on Kenya.
Kathy Wozniak is an experienced missionary who the Lord in His mercy sent with us to Kenya. Through her ministry, Shofar Sounding, she has traveled to various areas of India and Nepal. Prior to forming her own ministry, she attended Bible school in Australia and made trips to the Philippines and India. Today, she ministers not only overseas, but in churches here in the U.S.
Kathy is an accomplished musician who is known as a composer, teacher, vocalist and worship leader. Her most recent album, Kathy's Call, is a beautiful collection of hymns done with her own original arrangements. But, it was in her capacity as "experience missionary" that God used her to keep us mostly healthy and functioning in Kenya. She quickly became part of the God's Word to Women team, and we expect to continue to minister together in the future. The following is her perspective on our trip to Kenya.
“The Lord gives the word [of power]; the women who bear and publish [the
news] are a great host.” Psalm. 68:11 (Amplified.)
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God sent us to western Kenya
to plant a seed of truth, but He seldom has a single purpose in His
direction. Kenya was an eye-opening experience.
Everywhere we went in Kenya we found worthwhile projects that needed help to be put into place, moved to the next level or completed. If you are looking for an opportunity to minister through giving, you will not go wrong with any of these. The people are honest, and you can be assured that your money will go for the intended purpose and not to line pockets or pay exorbitant administrative costs.
There are projects to help support HIV/AIDS widows and their children as well as those who are now orphans. Most are looking to purchase a few acres of land for crops and some livestock for meat, milk and income.
A young missionary is called to Sudan and needs only a little help to be able to go.
Schools need supplies and books for their libraries as well as support to allow them to take students who cannot afford school fees--these include orphans and the children of widowed mothers.
All the pastors and leaders need Bibles and study materials. Many of the people do not even own a New Testament. We bought a Bible for a pastor, who had been functioning without one, and he was not the only one.
Ever wish you were rich so you could help everyone? We feel that way about each of these projects. For a list and links to more information, click here.
Letters from those we met in Kenya speak to the impact of God's Word more eloquently than anything we could say.
The first is from Christine Onyango, wife of Albert and our hostess in Kitale.
hereby want to take this opportunity to thank you so much for
coming over here and being a blessing to the church and
especially the women. Your ministry was an eye opener to many of
the women that were feeling inferior and considering themselves
unable to serve the Lord in the capacity that God has called
them due to the traditional beliefs!! Your ministry and devotion
to the calling on your lives and willingness to help other women
rise and see themselves as the Lord sees them is a great
encouragement. My prayer will always be that your health be
sustained by the Lord so that you may reach many other places
with the message.
From Elizabeth Mudenyo, wife of Pastor Dawson of the Kitale church.
Word to Women, you have made us realize that God is not bound by
nationalities, denominations, or class, and that he has no
discrimination rule. The only requirement He has is just us,
(women), and we choose the freedom to live our life as God
intended it to be.
Received July 31 from Dawson, Elizabeth's Husband .
This is Dawson, husband to Elizabeth. Well, my heart is full of joy as I write this mail to you. There has been a drastic change in our lives, that is me and Elizabeth. Elizabeth has drastically changed, and there is a courage that can't be explained in her.
This month has seen Elizabeth rise up and take her place. She is now fully in ministry. I am ready as a husband to give her my full support. She will be going to Tanzania soon for a week, and I fully promise to support her. I am so amazed and perplexed at this.
Thanks for coming to Africa. For years I had been praying for this. For sure you have saved me a lot of energy, resources, time and training. It took God to send you to speak life to my wife. I am so blessed for real.
The following from pastor Julius who came a long distance and brought a bus full people to three different meetings.
We are getting blessed by the teaching and the materials sister
Pat left me with and it was a great honour knowing you all and
please you are welcome to share the need we have here in
Kakamega concerning helping widows with children and let me hear
From Wambeye and Loice Wafula in Webeye
God’s Word to Women Ministry tremendously blessed and touched many lives during the Biblical Equality for Women Seminar in Webuye. This was a timely meeting. We believe that God strategically placed them to bring this truth at the appointed time. Women were lifted and placed where they belonged from the beginning.
Female pastors were ignited to carry on the work of ministry
and stand for undiluted Biblical truth. The questions that women had on why God
chose to put them down, and yet He says He formed them in His
likeness and image are gone. The
misunderstanding that men had has been shattered and replaced by
God’s original plan and purpose for both male and female. The
challenge is that
God’s Word to Women
teachings threw them over board. For
the youth who attended; it placed them in the right standing and
a foundation to rely on.
It is hard to drop the male dominance at once,
but we believe it will die to its roots by and by as the truth
replaces culture and traditions of men.
From Bishop Frederick Mulei, head of Mustard Seed Ministries
pastors and other men have known that women must be allowed to
work as equal partners with men in all spheres. This was God's
original plan before the fall. After the coming of the Messiah
and reconciliation of the human race with God through His shed
blood men still subject women to the curse. I remember God
promised deliverance for both men and women through the Seed of
a woman. So keep on preaching; this is what God wants people to
know and accept Him without prejudice.”
Women in our churches are not the same. Their lives have been transformed. You lit new fire of revival in them. I tell you even Sara (his wife) now is able to stand and preach, sing and testify with boldness
We want to call your attention to new additions to the website. You can always find the latest by clicking on "What's New?" found at the top of each page.
A Woman Condemned by Katharine Bushnell. This booklet was sent to God's Word to Women by John Bushnell, a great nephew of Katharine. Bushnell confronts the double standard of sexual conduct and the disgrace of women who were often coerced into sex. She uses an event in China to illustrate the barbaric nature of actions our society considered culturally appropriate.
What is PASCH? God's Word to Women has been working to improve resources for those suffering abuse or working with the abused. PASCH, Peace and Safty in the Christian Home, is an excellent organization with an informative website. GWTW has had a link to their website for years, but their information needs to be more visible on our site. Therefore, we are posting some of their basic documents in the hope of reaching a broader audience.
Symptoms of Abuse from the PASCH website gives not only symptoms of abuse but also what to do and how to do it to escape a dangerous situation including pre-planning. This article is also useful to those assisting victims of abuse.
So You’re Planning a Mission Trip—Things You Don’t Need to Learn From Experience by Barbara Collins, Pat Joyce and Kathy Wozniak. We knew some travel tips before our trip to Kenya, but it would have been great if we had known all we know now before we left.
Report on the Trip to Kenya by Pat Joyce
Kathy on Kenya by Kathy Wozniak
The Face of Povety by Barbara Collins
Worthwhile Projects If you are looking for an opportunity to minister through giving you will not go wrong with any of these. The people are honest and you can be assured that your money will go for the intended purpose and not to line pockets or pay exorbitant administrative costs.