Oasis Spotlight – Pamela

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 and is filed under Uncategorized

The spotlight focuses on one of the women in the Oasis program each month.  All names are changed to protect their privacy.

Our first spotlight will focus on Pamela who is a young woman age seventeen.  She is a soft spoken young woman and looks down at the ground most of the time. She was raised by her grandmother in the Capital city and moved to the North Coast as a young girl to live with her Aunt.  Because of the move she was only able to attend school for two years and cannot read or write.

Pamela was married at the age of fifteen to a thirty two year old man. When asked what she does for fun or if she has a hobby she didn’t seem to understand the question and would rarely meet my gaze.  Her life is spent serving men and working in her home.  She said her dream as a young girl, remembering that she is only seventeen, was to be a hair stylist.  Now that she is older and married she seems to believe that that dream is unreachable.  Pamela gave me a big shy smile but I could see the sadness there along with a heart breaking hopelessness.

We asked Pamela what she would like to be or do with her life.  She said that she wanted to learn to read and write, to feel smarter. When we pushed her to dream big, and asked if she could be anything, what she would want to be, her reply was to be a doctor!  This is a huge goal and maybe unrealistic but I am so excited that she wants to dream big!  This past week, two Pastors came by to pray with the ladies and Pamela accepted Christ as her Savior.  She said that her husband is also interested to learn more of Jesus so one of the Pastors will be sharing with him also.  At Go MAD we speak of changing generations and if this husband and wife become a Christian family this will change their family for generations to come.  Praise the Lord!

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Strong Communities to Fight Exploitation

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 and is filed under Uncategorized

At Go MAD Ministries our community ministry is focused on helping the local pastors reach their communities.  We believe that a great way to fight back against human exploitation is with strong churches.  We are always looking to support the work of the local pastor in the community and one of the ways we do this is through teams.

We recently had a team join us from Florida that brought equipment to be able to show movies.  The idea was we would have a large portable screen, projector, sound equipment and a generator so that we could show a movie anywhere regardless of whether they had electricity or not.  I had spoken with one of the local pastors we work with in a rural community ahead of time and he loved the idea.  The week before the team came in the pastor announced in church that they would be showing a movie the following week.  The pastor said that people cheered and were really excited because most of them had only seen movies on small televisions never on “the big screen”.

Anytime we have teams come down we always join in working with the local church and not working for Go MAD Ministries.  This is very important because at the end of the week the team leaves and if the work hasn’t been done in the name of the church that is still there than we have not helped them in reaching their community.  The day we were to show the movie we joined in with the pastor and people from the church going door to door visiting, praying with people and letting them know the church would be showing a movie that night.  Again, we met with a lot of excitement at the idea of having a movie shown in the village.

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