‘Tis the season of graduations, commencements and moving on! Recently my husband David, who is academic dean of Glad Tidings Bible College in Kampala, officiated as 48 diplomas and degree certificates were received by graduating students. Meanwhile my daughter Rebekah looks forward to her big day in July when she graduates from high school and moves on to the bigger world (I almost wrote “worries”) of university in the USA.
Important transitions and changes are happening for WOW too. The nursery school is well established at the Growing Tree and needs more space. The sewing class women have passed the stage of making patterns and sew garments and crafts on their own. One by one computer students leave to hold jobs in town using their acquired new skills.
To make more rooms available for the nursery children and to help the women venture on their own, WOW is moving on to a new level. This past week WOW gave away 9 sewing machines enabling women to sew and sell their work from their own homes. To 14 others WOW gave capital to begin bigger challenges with what they have learned in computer training or bead making or other skills. It is an exciting time! We haven’t left Growing Tree completely. The shed we built for the cooking oven with it’s spacious table and sitting arrangement will still hold cooking and Bible Study classes as well as be a place to gather and make beads, jewelry, soap, swap sewing tips and receive any craft orders I (or you) may have for them.
As an outreach to women under the Foursquare Church of Uganda, WOW moves in harmony with Foursquare Uganda’s church planting strategy. That strategy at present is to establish orphan homes inside of churches. Since April two orphan homes have opened with 20 children in each home, and a third is about to open. The strategy is working as each community has gladly recieved the orphanages and fill the new churches with eager congregants. WOW has become involved by purchasing some mattresses and providing some blankets and furniture for these homes. As WOW at the Growing Tree takes off on its own, the new challenge is to start new WOW groups with new women in these new locations that will help sustain the orphan homes in their communities.
Graduations are a sign of growing up, maturing, going on prepared new challenges.
“Then we will no longer be infants . . . Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is Christ.” Ephesians 4:14-15
After my last blog post people asked how they can order crafts from WOW. I’m working on a link to explain all that, in the meantime you can email me directly with your questions.