On May 17th, a day like any other, 13 women affected by disability washed and got dressed for their last day of Transformation Training in a small village called Kamakwie in Sierra Leone. They dressed with a sense of pride and enthusiasm because most of them never had the opportunity to attend school as children. It gave them a feeling of accomplishment to walk passed their neighbors and say, “I’m headed to my classes today!” Most of these women affected by disability have felt hidden and ashamed of their appearance or physical capabilities for most of their life. Many of their neighbors view these women as a people of little importance. But on this day, they were attending a class specifically designed for them.
Graduate Sajor, sharing a song at the Transformation Training graduation. We are reminded of how profoundly moving it is to learn that we are all made in the image of God, regardless of religion, tribe, or ability!
One day a week for three and a half months, this group of women attended Transformation Training classes. They learned about good health practices, sanitation, nutrition, micro-enterprise skills, conflict management, healthy family practices, interwoven with stories about God’s love for women and Jesus’ interactions with people with disabilities in the Bible. Transformation Training was a place where these 13 women could ask questions, they could share ideas, and they experienced community and support as women experiencing similar struggles.
On the last day of their training, this group of 10 Muslim women and three women coming from Christian homes, heard a story about a loving village chief who sacrificed his son on behalf of his very rebellious village people. They heard that just like this loving Chief in the story, God loved each of them so much that He sent His very own son, Jesus Christ, to Earth to live perfectly and to die as a sacrificial offering for their rebellious hearts. Every woman in class said she had never heard a story like this one before.
On May 17th 2017, these 13 women with disabilities in a small rural village said they wanted to become a follower of this man, Jesus- the one who sees them and sacrificed His life on their behalf.
Would you join with us as we praise God for His mercy and grace in welcoming these new sisters in Christ?