What do you think of when you think of the month of March? If you are a sports nut you think “March Madness” basketball. Well, we had “March Madness” with all the activities that come with closing, selling and preparing for our return to America. We had Excitement, some Challenges, some Disappointments, but in the end we all played our Best! Spoiler alert! Men, you might not be too interested in some of these events.
The most exciting part of the month was the launch of the PADS! It has been a work in progress for the sewing ladies for almost a whole year. They have worked very hard sewing and preparing Pad Packets for girls in the community. The ladies and Janine presented to St. Paul’s Primary School and 3 other area village schools teaching girls how special they are to God, feminine hygiene and how to care for their bodies. Then each girl was given a Pad Packet. Over 200 girls were educated and given this gift! To many in the US this is an embarrassing subject and you might think “big deal” just go buy those monthly supplies. In the villages there are no supplies or stores and if there were they couldn’t afford them. So, to these village girls it is a life changer! They now have a product that allows them to attend school EVERY day, even on Those days.
This Project has kept 5 ladies employed, blessed over 200 girls and will continue employing, producing and preparing for next March 2018’s Pad give away. Their goal is to double what was given this year. Even though we will be gone, this project is fully funded, and we will continue communications with Simon each month helping him and them if needed. Beyond mid 2018 the ladies will turn this into a profitable, sustainable business. They will continue educating girls and providing them a way to “Stay in school.”
Thursday, March 30th was our last trip out to the village for Bible Studies. Thank you for your prayers for All of us as we said our goodbyes! It was an Awesome, Special day! And, No tears! We celebrated, danced, sang and laughed together. The men and women were sent off with a charge to continue to preach/teach and share the Gospel. They were reminded that material gifts will eventually be destroyed, but the Word of God and their faith and trust in Jesus is the “Gift” that is Eternal.
As the festivities were ending and last hugs, and send offs began, each lady came and placed their hand on my heart, a sweet symbol of placing themselves in my heart to never forget them. Even though we never learned the language well enough to communicate beyond greetings, God knew how to overcome that barrier and communicate His truth and Love.
We know God is not finished with this village yet. He has them in his hand and will continue the work He started. We feel so blessed to have been a part of God’s plans in Niagobya! We are excited for Naigobya and the future God has for them. We hope to return sometime near the end of 2018 and see what God is doing with these people he Loves.
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil 1:6
|Until we Meet again!|
We have had many confused friends and family asking, “How do we give if you are leaving or moving?”
1. Please continue to give to us as usual. Sending checks to ECM with a note attached stating “Coker’s support” or if by Automatic withdraw do nothing yet.
We will be headed to the Dominican Republic the first of May to meet with potential new ministries. We will know if God is saying “this is where I want you” or not. As soon as we return (mid May) we will know how God is leading us, and how to direct you if we change to a New Organization. Please be in Prayer for us as we listen to God’s voice and guidance through this time.
2. The Afayo project is fully funded through the end of 2018. We have set aside and budgeted for the work to continue until it is completely finished at that time.
If you have any questions Please email us! Until we have new US phone numbers
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11-14
Excited to see you soon!
Serving Our KING together with you!
Bruce & Janine