Smyrna is thrilled to announce that our ministry partner in West Africa is making progress on a vital project: a Women's Vocational Training Center.
God is opening doors and blessing this project! For instance, this summer, a team of engineering students from the U.S. are heading there to design and install solar lights for the center. When completed, the center will house, feed, and educate up to 60 women at a time, providing instruction in breadwinning skills that enable them to care for themselves and their children. Residents will also be introduced to the Gospel, and will be taught the Scriptures from a Christian worldview.
The goal of vocational training is to equip once downtrodden and oppressed women to be joyful lifestyle communicators of Christ's love to their communities.
In order to make the Women's Vocational Training Center fully operable and sustainable, our ministry partner is seeking to raise $200,000. Praise the Lord, a reputable Christian organization (which prefers to remain anonymous) has offered a matching grant of up to $100,000. So for every dollar we raise for these women, this organization will match it for the project!
The Women's Vocational Training Center will also have, on location, a small medical clinic. This clinic will be a base of operations for resident nurses to care for the health needs of the larger community.
In this region of West Africa, Islam and poverty conspire to keep women in a cycle of hopeless desperation. Often, women are viewed as their husband's property - polygamy and unjust divorce frequently devastate women's lives. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us to offer the hope of Jesus Christ to women who only know fear and want.
Please, pray with us for the Lord to provide the funds to meet this matching grant. If you would like to join this project, click HERE to donate online to West Africa: Women's Vocational Training.
Dormitory nearly completed.