By any measure, women are still the most oppressed people on earth. Yet when you lead a woman to Christ, you effectively win her entire family—for she holds the key to heart and home. That’s why empowering women is a critical ministry focus for us. Through education, vocational training, lifesaving health awareness, and spiritual leadership training, we help set women free to live God's full purpose for them.
Many Christian women in the areas where we work, though believers for many years, have never been told they have a significant and unique role to play in the Kingdom of God. They are requesting basic leadership training to be fruitful in service within the family of faith. "I am eager to understand my strengths and my weaknesses, so that I can serve the women leaders of Indonesia, empowering them to serve and train women in their circle of influence also," said one trainee. Leadership development courses focused on character and ministry skill will take place in Sudan, Nepal, and North Africa in the coming year.
For $100, provide leadership training to one woman in the hard places.
Scriptures In Use, one of our strategic alliance partners, has launched "Women in God's Story," an excellent teaching module that trains women to memorize the stories of Scripture and then share them as a means of evangelism and discipleship of non-literate women. This outreach model provides women with methods that are culturally, linguistically, and spiritually in tune with the worldview and learning styles of the regions where they minister. "Women in the Window," an inductive Bible study curriculum, allows women to go deeper in their understanding, application and ability to pass along God's Word in story form. Women in India, Sudan, Kenya, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Middle East, and Vietnam will be trained in this method this year.
Sadly, many women around the world, even in the Church, are often relegated to second-class status. In too many congregations, women have no one to disciple them, and their potential as transmitters of the Gospel goes largely untapped. Our ministry partners understand the power of women to further the Kingdom on a grassroots level and are working to equip women to be effective church planters and evangelists.
For $100, Provide spiritual preparation and mentoring for one woman
Globally, four billion people are known as “oral communicators,” or non-literates, and do not yet have the written Scriptures in their mother tongue. A like-minded ministry called Scriptures In Use (SIU) has developed a successful methodology to reach non-literates which includes storytelling, dramatic presentations of the parables, cultural adaptations of Scripture to song, and memorization. The training provides church planters with methods that are culturally, linguistically, and spiritually in tune with the worldview and learning styles of the people they minister to. In coordination with Partners International Women, 20-30 Dalit women leaders from Bible Faith Mission will come together for a training conference on Scripture storytelling. This is a follow-up event to the SIU beginner course “Women in God’s Story” that the women took previously. This excellent teaching module trains women to share the Gospel with non-literate women.
Because of poverty, girls around the world miss out on education and vocational training opportunities. Yet, when they grow up they are also the ones most concerned for their family's development and living standard.
For $50, allow one woman to receive structured training
In North Africa, Partners International supports centers in two cities to help mothers of disabled children and other poor women increase income generation by learning vocational skills including cloth painting, toy-making, sewing, cooking, and computers. Many of the women learn to make educational toys that help their disabled children improve their motor skills, concentration, and reasoning ability. Nearly 90 percent of the women in these areas are non-literate and have little education, so they are also trained in literacy, child nutrition, health education, and languages such as French and English. The ministry team creates an environment where the women are comfortable to come for a chat and cup of tea, build friendships with other women, and learn more about Jesus.
Women in rural areas of the Third World have little or no access to health care. Most have not received training in basic nutrition and hygiene, yet they are the primary health and nutrition providers for their families.
For $50, provide mobile medical care to a family of five Somali refugees in Kenya
Time + Relationship = Influence. Partners International Women has increased our influence since 2005 to include advocacy on behalf of women in the hard places.
For $50, enable one woman or child in South Asia to participate in an anti-human trafficking program
Replacing poverty and injustice with dignity and purpose in Christ.