The year 2022 seemed to be a year to recover from the previous couple year’s issues, especially COVID, and get back to somewhat normal. Of course, normal in one place is different than normal in other places and not all past issues that can affect ministry are gone. There are still unstable governments, terrorist actions, gang violence, poverty and more.
The good news is that we are looking forward to ministry growth in 2023. This growth will allow us to minister to more people and in some cases create ways to generate funds or things needed to support the existing ministries.
The building projects in Burkina Faso and Haiti will give us the opportunity to provide better vocational training to more women as well as generate income. The plans for the Village of Opportunity (VOO) in Burkina are to build a kitchen / classroom for the newly established culinary class which is being held in a classroom not originally designed for that purpose. The next phase of the project is to build an activity hall to be used for VOO student activities and can also be rented out. Renting out the activity hall will generate income for the VOO and also provide opportunities for the students to practice the skills they are learning. For example, if rented out for a wedding the cosmetology students can do the women’s nails and hair, the sewing students can sew clothes for those in the wedding and the culinary students can prepare the food for the reception.