Recent months have been busy at Amani’s main center in Nairobi, Kenya. The women have been stitching bags, dying fabric, experimenting with new designs, and boxing up products in preparation for upcoming of holiday sales in Africa and the US.
Even with plenty of work, the Amani family continues to care for one another. Here, Kenya Country Director Joyce Muraya shares some recent highlights from her work at the Amani Kenya center:
- In mid-August, Amani Kazi (Amani’s men’s group called “Peace Work” in Swahili) spent a week repairing and refurbishing the playground in the Nairobi Garden Cafe.
- Last week Amani Kazi visited an Amani lady’s husband who has been sick for a long time. Their visit and prayers were an encouragement to this man and his family.
- We have a new lady who joined Amani about a month ago. She shared with her neighbors in crisis about the emotional, physical, and spiritual support she has received at Amani. Even though she couldn’t solve her friend’s problem, she told her, “I have received so much. One thing I can do is share this situation at Amani. I know that the ladies will faithfully pray for you.”
- One of the ladies shared recently during morning prayer about trouble with her disrespectful step-children. Mama Josephine, the Amani Watoto children’s program coordinator, visited the family and spoke with the children for an evening, giving of her time and resources. The woman returned to Amani with a glowing testimony of changed behavior, even saying that the children had recognized her as their new mom.
- One lady who has struggled for a while to make ends meet came to me with great news: “Yesterday I was able to buy meat and fruit for my family and my daughter is doing well in school.” God has provided work for the Amani ladies, and they are able to sustain their families.
- Sales from the Garden Café funded a refinishing of the kitchen floor. It looks great!
These are snap-shots and there are many other stories.
We are blessed to labor in this field.
The Amani women never stop appreciating your friendship. Thank you for all the ways you encourage them with visits, e-mails, gifts, and purchases.
The holidays are a great time to continue supporting Amani by giving gifts that represent lives changed by peace. Bags, home products, children’s items, or jewlery – there’s plenty to choose from in our webstore.