Mama Mayala and Jill
Cloth made from tree bark by the Batwa people
I had a great meeting with this lovely lady yesterday. Mama Mayala is a literacy specialist. She trains teachers who teach others to read.
She is going to help us improve our literacy program at Mitendi Women's Center - both for our girls and also for women in the surrounding area.
Mama Myala doesn't only work in Kinshasa. She will literally go anywhere in the country where she's invited. She reminded me that in 2005, she began working with a very isolated tribe of Batwa people (Pigmey tribe). They invited her to stay with them in the forest and teach them to read.
Since they have contact with the outside world more often now, they know it's the only way they can learn about what's happening and improve their lives. Since 2005, Mama Myala has been raising her own support through local Congolese churches and friends, and she goes back as often as possible to continue teaching, as well as to encourage the Batwa people in their Christian faith. She's a true missionary!
Mama Mayala just returned from a visit with them last Wednesday. She had some inspiring stories to tell of how the Batwa church is growing. They baptized 8 believers while she was there! Her main concern was for 4 bright young teenage girls. They have no education, except that they can read. They expressed interest in learning to become seamstresses. She wanted to know if there was any way that these girls might come and study at Mitendi Women's Center. I was thrilled to be able to say yes - thanks to all of the folks who are contributing to the scholarship fund for Mitendi Women's Center we can help them!
Mama Mayala is making arrangements for the girls to come to Kinshasa via boat. It will take them at least a week to arrive. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel, and also while they settle into life at the center. I'll keep you posted on their progress.
Again, I want to sincerely thank all of you who are giving scholarships for Mitendi Women's Center. Because of you, we will be able to help more girls than ever before.
Another exciting development, we are adding two new teachers to reinforce our classes in restaurant work and esthetiques (cosmetology). Pray that the Lord guides us to just the right women for this ministry.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers and all the ways you support the ministries of Mitendi Women's Center. We can't do it without you!