Women's Ministries in Africa
In the African culture, women often work harder than men. Some African Christian women are pastor’s wives. Others are elders and ministers. They are expected to attend every function at the church and be available for grief counseling. They feed people who come to their door, house traveling visitors, care for their own family, meet the needs of their husbands, and are the community’s spiritual leaders.
Since 2005, The Outreach Foundation has been supporting and encouraging women’s ministries in Africa per their request. Empowering women changes and improves indicators related to children, communities, churches, and societies. Indicators such as poverty and infant mortality levels are made better with improvements to the women’s condition.
Funds raised through this project supported “Tumekutana” in 2011. Tumekutana means, “we have come together.” It is a conference of Presbyterian women leaders from Africa born out of a vision to answer questions asked by women around Africa; to support each other; and to unite with the global church. At the conclusion of the 2011 Tumekutana, African women decided that this conference was so important to them that they would meet again hoping for a triennial event. The Outreach Foundation would love to continue supporting this conference.
In addition to bringing women together for encouragement and training, this project supports small income-generating projects that enable women to be self-reliant, take care of their families, and help the community at large. Increased self-reliance helps to reduce poverty and to expand the work of the church. Please come alongside the African Christian women in their effort to impact their communities with the Gospel of Jesus.
Minimum Goal for 2016
$20,000 for training, conferences, retreats, and small income-generating projects