Yoder Update - January 2023

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. 

The remodeling of the building in LaJeune, Haiti for the new Feminine Training Center (FTC) will provide a much better space for the students to learn new skills. Like Burkina the facility currently being used is not designed for this purpose so this new space will provide a better place for learning. Recently, there has been some discussion around ways this space might be used to generate income for the FTC as well as individuals.

The Single Moms Raising Sons ministry continues to grow, and we are looking forward to what is in store for 2023. Facilitators are being trained so that more Bible study groups can be establish as the demand for Bible studies grows. Word is spreading in South Africa about the Bible studies with more and more women wanting to participate in them. We are also looking to expand the number of Men Molding Men Camps for both the younger boys and the teenage boys.

God has recently provided a piece of property in the village of Anaivilunthan in Sri Lanka. This property will allow us to expand the ministry by giving a place for some agriculture training and also to grow produce that can be used to feed the widows and the children in the after-school program. We have seen people in the community get excited about what we are doing, and they are willing to help clear the land and other activities that will be needed. The building on the property will give Bavan a place to meet people and also a place for him to stay when he visits the village.

The activity hall in Zimbabwe was completed a few years ago and the children in the Our Kids Program love being there. We are building a kitchen for preparing meals for leadership seminar and camps. This addition to the facility on the property will help make it more useful for CWO activities as well as make it more appealing to those who might rent the facility which, in turn will generate income for the Zimbabwe ministries. The plan is to build two cabins in 2023 and two more cabins in 2024 making it even more useful.

We are excited about all of the plans that are falling into place to grow ministry and allow us to minister to more people. We are thankful for God’s provision to get these plans in motion and for leaders who are making them come to fruition. 

Thank you for praying for us and financially supporting us as we continue to do the work God has given us to do. We count it a privilege to serve the Lord in this way.

Serving Together,

Greg and Laura

Praise the Lord:

  • For the plans He has set in motion.
  • For the funds that have been received to continue and to grow the CWO ministries.
  • For the CWO leaders of the ministries in Burkina Faso, Haiti, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Pray for:

  • Continued growth of the CWO ministries.
  • Funding to continue to be received to complete the projects.
  • Those who will hear the Gospel. Pray they will respond to God’s calling.
  • Continued safety of the CWO staff in all the countries.
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