ELLY: "I thank God for giving me a second chance. The first part of my life was very bad, I did not think I would have another chance, but God has given me one. I thank God for bringing me to this place. I did not know how to pray, read the Bible, or preach. I now know the word of God and I can stand and preach."
At Neema, we value partnership, fostering relationships for the purpose of community building. Neema is a stronger organization because of our partnership with Providence. By coming alongside one another, we strengthen each other to love and care for those we serve. This is evident in the strong and lasting relationships that develop between those supporting Neema girls or investing their time in traveling to Kenya, spending time fostering relationships with the staff and girls at Neema. Together we are impacting one another to love Jesus and love others.
This week as a Providence team is in Kitale, we are seeing and hearing first hand how the Lord is at work, transforming hearts for His glory. At the heart of Neema's work is discipleship, cultivating Christ-centered mentoring for the purpose of personal and community transformation. On Sunday, 21 Neema girls made the decision to make a public profession of their faith by being baptized. Leaders from a local Kenyan church joined together with leaders from Providence to baptize these young women. The team and the Neema family stood together to celebrate each one of these precious lives as they took this step in their journey with Christ.
Together, we have an opportunity to spur one another on in our faith and love for Christ and others. Together, we celebrate the life transformation that comes from being made whole from the inside out. Whether it is Bilha in Kenya or Brooke in West Chester, we are all made in His image and we all have an opportunity to be deeply impacted by our relationships with Christ and one another.
Thank you for continuing to partner with Neema, as we seek to share the greatest story ever told to some pretty incredible vulnerable young women, for the glory of God.
For the past 4 summers, the Hutchison Girls have attended the Big World Ventures mission trips to Central and South Americas, each lasting 2-3 weeks. Although the goal and outline of the ministry is similar, what is extremely important to us is the variety of people we encounter. In Ecuador, we ministered to many people of all different demographics. In Costa Rica, we encountered a lot of homeless people. In the San Blas islands in Panama, we played with many children and spoke and prayed with the natives in their huts. This summer in Lima, Peru, we will be ministering to people helping with work projects, and through drama in parks, orphanages, schools, neighborhoods, and churches. After each drama presentation or work project, we’ll have the opportunity to share one-on-one with the Nationals and lead them to Jesus with the help of volunteers from local churches. These local church representatives will get each new convert’s name and address for follow-up and discipleship. The local churches truly appreciate our willingness to come and assist them with their community! This summer we have the ability to stay for a third week in Cusco, and minister to young girls and women.