April 2023 Monthly Letter Mothers in Africa

Mothers in Africa

At Their Own Expense

In rural Africa, the care that a Mother provides to her children is often at the expense of their own. When there is not enough food, the children eat, and Mothers often go hungry. When there is a shortage of medication, Mothers go without. Mothers often toil from early in the morning to late in the night – working to support their family, growing food in their garden, fetching water and firewood, and when time permits – cooking for, caring for, and loving their children. Mothers are truly the backbone of the African family. 

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    Meet Nawayiggo Zawujja, Mother of Four

    Nawayiggo Zawujja is the mother of four children – Promise, Joram, Joan, and John. They live in a small hut in the rural village of Kiwagama, Uganda. Pastor Peterson Kasharu began visiting this village 2 years ago and met Nawayiggo and her daughter, Joan. At that time, the family was on the verge of starvation and little Joan was near death. She was sick and malnourished to the point that she was unable to even stand up. Peterson provided the food and medicine that Joan so desperately needed. In time she was able to regain her strength, now she is the healthy young girl standing next to her mom in the photo. Thanks to your support, little Joan survived and today has a bright future.

    Helping Nawayiggo and her children survive by providing food and medicine was just the first step. Pastor Peterson wanted to provide them (and so many other families) with a sustainable improvement in their lives. With that goal in mind, he provided seeds allowing them to grow corn and beans in their garden. When they had enough to feed themselves, they shared with the other villagers. Next, Peterson implemented a program to provide goats to needy families. Goats are highly resilient, can be readily bred, and provide milk and meat. To date, Nawayiggo and hundreds of other families have benefited from this program. Nawayiggo asked Pastor Peterson to convey her

    “Thanks to ICF, we now have hope for a better tomorrow” – Nawayiggo Zawujja.

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    Update on Girls College in Liberia

    One of ICF’s largest projects is the construction of a Girls college in Monrovia, Liberia. When completed, this college will provide free or subsidized education and training for young women in programs ranging from nursing to computer science to business administration. I am pleased to report that we have completed construction of the first floor and are currently working on the construction of level two. Please visit our website for regular project updates on this exciting project which will change the lives of tens of thousands of young women in Liberia.

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    Regular giving helps us support the wonderful work of Pastor Kasharu along with countless other programs promoting sustainable improvements in the lives of desperately poor children and their families. We call these donors Hope Ambassadors because they help ICF to provide hope to those who truly face life and death needs in Africa and India.

    God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

    Dr. David Bruenning
    Founder/Int’l Director

    See children fed, educated, and empowered.

    Become a Hope Ambassador

    Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that “we are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…”

    It can be easy to skim past this verse, but the historical context of an “ambassador” brings a wealth of meaning. Such ambassadors or delegates, whether Jewish or Greco-Roman, came with the authority of the sender, in his place, to secure his interests. The reality is, God is making his appeal through us, and wants to secure His very own interests.