Becoming who God calls us to be

Learning how to sew

At the end of November, Tina Yeager, Director of The Freedom Challenge, visited Costa Rica with a team of faithful Freedom Challenge supporters. One of the high points for the teams was visiting the Pearl Process, a Freedom Challenge-supported project run by Operation Mobilization.

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The project teaches vulnerable women to make sandals and create mosaics (see photo above), skills they can use to provide a regular income for their family. It gives them secure employment and a place to learn about God and study the Bible together.

The women at the Pearl Process were privileged to have Sue McCabe (photo below), the wife of the CFO of Chick-fil-A, teaching them about customer service.

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During the trip, the Freedom Challenge team took part in church services. Below, Sophia, Tina’s daughter (left) reads scripture at a church in Talamanca.

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One of the themes that kept occurring and touching the lives of the women involved in the outreach was the idea of “changing from doing to being”.

Many of the women realized that they need to become who God calls them to be and be in an intimate relationship with Him before they can effectively do His work.

If you would love to find out more, or get involved in a challenge, visit www.thefreedomchallenge.com

Below, team member Ashley Martin shares her testimony .

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The Freedom Climb is changing lives in Madagascar

The Perla project in Madagascar is a Freedom Climb-sponsored ministry. Read Operation Mobilization writer Rebecca Rempel’s report on how this project is changing lives in this African country.

Photo credit to Rebecca

Photo credit to Rebecca

“I couldn’t sew. I didn’t even know how to handle a needle,” admitted widow and mother of seven, Celestine. “But now, I am very happy because I am able.”

Perle, meaning ‘pearl’ in Malagasy, is a Freedom Climb project in Madagascar, that teaches women how to sew and run their own businesses. Like Celestine, many of the students had never picked up a needle prior to class.

“Before, when there was a torn place in my children’s clothing, I didn’t know how to fix it,” said Celestine. “Now I can. I have already sewn up all the tears.”

This is the first time Perle has run in Ambovombe, a town in the Androy region to the south of the island. Earlier this year it ran in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, with four students graduating. In the capital, the students lived on base and attended classes daily. In addition to sewing, they were taught cooking and housekeeping during the month-long course. The OM team saw the need for Perle in Ambovombe, but knew it would have to run differently then it had in Antananarivo. All the women signed up for Perle in the south had families dependent on them, so living away from home was not an option. Instead of an every day, month-long course, Ambovombe’s Perle holds three hour classes, three times a week, for six months.

In Ambovombe, Perle was the answer to Marena’s prayers.

“For a long time I’ve desired to have a handcraft. When the announcement went through church, I decided to join,” she said.

Out of the 11 women enrolled, eight of them are widowed. Marena is one of the three ladies whose husbands are alive.

“It is hard, because we study and take care of our families,” said Marena. “At the beginning it was so difficult. My husband was angry with me (for taking classes), but that changed. He knows that I am studying, and that there will be a difference in our home because of it.”

Besides stitching by hand, the women practice on two sewing machines. One is hand cranked, and the other is electric, although with power outages it can not always be counted on. Originally the program was to have three machines, but the OM team sold one to pay their bus fares to Ambovombe.

Dresses, skirts, shirts, and undergarments have all been completed successfully, and the group has moved on to trousers.

“We are proud that we do not study for nothing, but will have great benefit from our study,” said Fine. “At the beginning we were babies in the world of sewing. We thank the Lord for giving us knowledge and understanding.”

“I am a widow, and I am jobless,” she continued. “I have five children, and there was nothing I could do to feed them, so I asked Jesus what I should do for a living. When the announcement was made in church, the pastor appointed me to study because he knew my situation. I know that God opened up the way for me.”

Not only do they learn the ins and outs of sewing, the ladies also study the Bible; learning how to live as a follower of Christ, and apply biblical principles to their daily life and business interactions.

“Through scripture we learn God’s plan for His people,” testified Marena.

Hermonie, one of three OM team members in the south, enjoys spending time with the women.

“I give thanks to the Lord that I am able to teach them. It’s not always easy. Especially with the dialect,” she admitted. “Sometimes I use a word that shocks them. But sometimes it’s funny, and everyone just laughs.”

Previous to the course, the women did not all know each other. The hours spent together over needle and thread have made them a tight-knit group. Coming from different backgrounds and churches, they are united in their desire to learn a new skill, and provide for their families.

The group wants to start a sewing society in Ambovombe, gathering business from town and the surrounding areas.

“We have a vision,” widowed Esther explained. “We have a great desire to work together as one.”

“Pray for us,” Marena asked. “To preach the gospel with our hand crafts, not only to get money.”

Freedom Climb 2014- Cape Town South Africa

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Freedom Climb 2014- Cape Town South Africa

Bring your family, church groups and friends to Cape Town, South Africa. Join us for an extraordinary time of outreach, prayer, conference and a multitude of events created to raise funds and awareness of the issues of modern day slavery, exploitation and oppression of women and children. There is something for everyone in the family! Visit the projects in Africa that Freedom Climb supports while attending the event. Below is the tentative schedule. We are asking participants to raise funds for the Freedom Climb Projects plus expenses.
Individuals: $2,000
Family: $5,000 per family

For more information, email Tina.Yeager@OM.org

October 7
Arrival:
Arrival of all climbers/prayer people

Climbers have the morning off to explore Cape Town/Franchhoek or to rest

October 8
14:00 -17:00:
Attempt to break three Guinness world records, and have a big media/local event to help raise awareness of the issues of modern day slavery.

18:00 to 19:30:
Orientation

19:30 – 20:00
Combined prayer.

October 9
Climb 1: Stellenbosch /Franchhoek

Option 1: Fairly challenging Climb. 20-25km hike and climb. Summit the highest or second highest peaks in the Hottentots Holland Mountain range. (Up to 60 participants)
Option 2: Less challenging (family/children climb). (Up to 100 participants)
Option 3: Freedom Bike (mountain biking of a mountain pass). (Up to 20 participants)
Option 4: Freedom Run (trial running) (Up to 20-30 participants)
Option 5: Freedom Glide on mountain (Up to 10 participants)
Option 6: Freedom Ride on motorbikes around the Cape Peninsula. (Up to 20 participants)
Option 7: Freedom Wheels: Physical disabled and non-physical climb/ride a mountain pass on wheelchairs and crutches (even for the blind and deaf) (Up to 40 participants)
Option 8: Prayer at the prayer house (Up to 60 participants)
Option 9: Local outreach to vulnerable and affected (Up to 20 participants)

Afternoon Event:
15:00 to 17:30
Justice seminar

18:45 -20:00
Worship/speaker

October 10
Climb 2: Stellenbosch Franchhoek

Option 1: Fairly challenging Climb. 20-25km hike and climb. Summit the highest or second highest peaks in the Hottentots Holland Mountain range. (Up to 60 participants
Option 2: Less challenging (family/children climb). (Up to 100 participants)
Option 3: Freedom Bike (mountain biking of a mountain pass). (Up to 20 participants)
Option 4: Freedom Run (trial running) (Up to 20-30 participants)
Option 5: Freedom Glide on mountain (Up to 10 participants)
Option 6: Freedom Ride on motorbikes around the Cape Peninsula. (Up to 20 participants)
Option 7: Freedom Wheels: Physical disabled and non-physical climb/ride a mountain pass on wheelchairs and crutches (even for the blind and deaf) (Up to 40 participants)
Option 8: Prayer at the prayer house (Up to 60 participants)
Option 9: Local outreach to vulnerable and affected (Up to 20 participants)

Afternoon Event:
15:00 to 17:30
Justice seminar

18:45 -20:00
Worship/speaker/Nefarious

October 11
Climb 3: Table Mountain

Option 1: Easy
Option 2: Medium
Option 3: Difficult
Options 4: Special open climb for local Christians in Franchhoek/Stellenbosch

Celebration:
14:00 to 17:00
Celebration and prayer event to conclude the climb in a large church venue.
All local Christians are welcome. Focus is not on speaking but on prayer.

17: 00 to 21:00
Debrief

October 12
Rest or leave

October 13-16

Outreaches: (For those that would like to visit projects)
Zambia, East London, Ghana, South Africa, Lake T, Madagascar

Help End Modern Day Slavery!

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Help End Modern Day Slavery!

There are an estimated 27-30 million slaves in the world today. Will you join us and be a voice for the voiceless? You do not have to climb to be a voice. Help us raise awareness and funds to support OM projects that address modern day slavery, oppression and exploitation of children and women around the world. Go to http://www.thefreedomclimb.net/events to join us as a climber or a virtual climber. Help give Hope and True Freedom!