Happy International Women's Day!
Simone | continuing to educate women leaders in Central African Republic
This International Women’s Day we are celebrating women who lead. We celebrate their ingenuity in problem-solving. We declare their courage in building better lives for themselves, their kiddos, and their communities. We honor their boldness in trying new and hard things like starting a business and going into ministry. Something big is happening with Tirzah’s Ethiopia Partner and on this special day, we want to share it with you.
Talia | bringing hope to prisons and shelters
Following the West Africa International Women’s Conference in July 2018, each of the country leaders returns to her home region and shares her new-gained knowledge with others. This past month, the Central African Republic group had its second follow-up regional conference!
Ksenija | listening to God's voice
My name is Talia*. My ministry is with girls or, as some people call it, “sisters’ meetings.” This is something that has started a long time ago. I used to go to my church and also attend (girls’) meetings at other churches. Also in my ministry, I visit the women’s prison. They are in desperate need for care and encouragement. Even the Lord in the Bible says, “I was in prison and you came to visit me.” It means a lot for them when you visit them.
Zhen | our newest board member in Shanghai
Ksenija is our Global Leader in Eastern Europe. A while back, she was interviewed by Cheryl on a special conference call. She shared about how she came to be passionate about women, especially reaching Roma women, with her ministry.
Mai | pastoral leadership in Myanmar
We are thrilled to introduce to you our newest board member, Zhen Zeng from Shanghai. We love Zhen's journey into advocacy for women around the world! Zhen is a good friend of Fenny Ang, former Tirzah board member. Together they were doing executive coaching using Laurie Beth Jones' The Path.
Abigail | from patient to nurse-aid in Kenya
Mai is a full-time pastor in the Church of God in Myanmar (Evangelical), where she’s served for more than 10 years. She wrote a little about her journey with Tirzah and the way being a pet of this network multiplies her leadership impact.
Lorraine | twenty years with Tirzah Myanmar
Abigail was born and raised in the village. When she was in her early teenage years, she contracted a rare skin disease that left her hospitalized for 3 years. She was made to share the hospital bed with other sick people who would die and this traumatized her. She decided that the only way to help herself was to become a helper in the hospital. She would help the nurses and doctors by pushing the medicine cart.
Rose + Lulu | program coordinator + program participant in Kenya
Leading up to International Women’s Day 2019, we are highlighting the impact of women who lead! Tirzah is blessed to have so many incredible leaders in our network, many of whom are equipping other leaders - the ripple effect is REAL.
Daw Kihn Lay Myint goes by Lorraine sometimes. Her full title is Rev. Dr. Daw Khin Lay Myint (Lorraine) B.Ed, D.D., Ph.D. Yes, you read all of those incredible tiles correctly. Lorraine works with Dorothy, Tirzah’s Global Leader in Myanmar, and wrote a bit for us about her experience in Tirzah.
The Tale of Two Sisters: Menna and Amira
Rose, the Fadhili program director, shared this morning that she has been doing devotionals with the ladies on tithing. Everyone on the call was surprised to hear Rose had chosen this subject as the women in the group come from impoverished backgrounds. Hearing Rose reminded us that tithing and giving are a part of who God calls all of us to be—because it does good for others but also because it does good for us. It changes our hearts, positions us to remember all we have comes from the Lord and sharing it is a beautiful responsibility and blessing.
Meeting a Much Ignored Need
On Day of the Girl 2018, we are delighted to share with you the story of Menna. She is the younger sister of Amira, whose story we shared with you last year on Day of the Girl.
Watch this video of Menna who is in the tutoring program in the Middle East run by AWEMA, our partner in the region. AWEMA is making sure the girls in their programs know God loves them and cares about what affects them.
Sharing a Smile in Ethiopia + Kenya
From Madeleine Gouentoueu, Tirzah Francophone Africa Director:
Since the beginning of this year 2018, the FAM / TIRZAH Francophone Africa Structure, has resolved to direct a part of our activities towards a much ignored and unknown social layer: women and girls living with fistulas.
Due to their condition, these women are in need of: soaps, old or new fabrics, clothing, cloths. They also need money for food. They need prayers, visits, love and liberality, of course, from others. And who else can give them this long-awaited love, if not those who have received it from the God of Love?
Experiencing Unity in Brazil
Friday, when the Fadhili ladies came to the retreat center, was possibly my favorite. We had everyone tell us a special skill they had, without repeating anything said before them. The responses were so fun! We even had a dance-off!
Coffee Q + A with Kenya
What power can form one global family out of women and men from many nations? What force can raise us up above those things that divide us? What love can cause us to experience a joy so deep, so real and so satisfying that we feel we are tasting heaven?
5 Great Women of Faith
Did you miss our first Coffee Q + A last Friday?
Well, do not fear! We recorded the whole thing for ya!
We had 17 people join us from all around the US!
Listen in to hear Judy and Esther answer questions emailed in by the Tirzah network covering a range of topics:
The Power of $8.50
She came from a wealthy, well-educated London family and had an incredible talent for painting. As her art flourished, many encouraged her to commit her life fully to artistic endeavors. An art critic and friend said if she would do so, "she would be the greatest living painter and do things that would be Immortal." Instead, she put a pause on her painting career - if she was going to devote her life to one thing fully, it would be to loving the Lord.
From Here To Timbuktu
On International Women's Day, we asked the question "Who Am I?"
We know that many women around the world receive an answer to this question that is not from God’s heart. They are told they are not important, told that what they want doesn’t matter, told they are disposable.
Every two years, women leaders from 15 countries in West Africa gather to ask and answer this question for themselves. Later this year, two thousand women from West Africa will gather to feel the strength and power that comes from unity in a part of the world that is difficult for women and difficult for Christians.
Rose | a Devotional from Homecare in Nairobi, Kenya
Up until a month or so ago, that was the full extent of my familiarity with the West African country at the center of our attention for March, women's history month. In June of last year, I finally got to hug Madeleine Gouentoueu. Madeleine is Tirzah's regional leader in Francophone Africa.
Rose is a core part of our partner program in Kenya and ministers to the Fadhili women, budding entrepreneurs and widows living with HIV. The Fadhili women are a group of 30 (graduating in classes of 15 every 3 years) at Homecare in Nairobi, Kenya. One key aspect of transformation that happens when women are in this program is their view of themselves becomes based on scripture, not on how the world around them has treated them.