by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson 500 Lives Impacted Kigali, Kigali City, Rwanda
I am thrilled to join a team of African American women being led by poet and author, Amena Brown! Amena first visited Rwanda in 2016. As a result ...
I am thrilled to join a team of African American women being led by poet and author, Amena Brown! Amena first visited Rwanda in 2016. As a result of that visit, she had a dream to return to the country with women who would connect and serve the ministry, Africa New Life, in Rwanda.
This invitation resonated in my heart because I have always longed to visit the continent of Africa. Additionally, the opportunity directly aligns with my life's mission to intentionally serve as a credible witness of Christ's leadership to engage, equip, and empower people you live and lead on purpose.
For years I have been compelled to equip and prepare women and men for leadership, and for them to work together to advance the kingdom of God.
When we survey the global landscape through research documented by journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in the national bestseller, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" or the Christian worldview presented by author and theologian, Carolyn Custis James in her response, “Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women," we understand that sharing the gospel requires an intentional engagement of women.
My contributions to the trip will be offering leadership and mentoring training for women and girls, and to support their entrepreneurship efforts. This trip will also give me the opportunity to explore the African New Life programs of: child sponsorship, sewing and cosmetology vocational training for women, school and education programs for children, and a school of theology for pastors. This fact-finding mission is necessary for consideration if my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. is to consider a partnership to support future programs.
I am humbled that the girls and women of Africa New Life want to hear from us, and I am excited to learn from them! I am also looking forward to serving and learning from the Woman to Woman traveling team. We are a group of life coaches, teachers, artists, mothers, daughters, engineers, entrepreneurs and more who are coming together for the first time to uplift, and learn from each other and from the women in Rwanda.
Rwanda is a country that knows genocide and violence, but the Rwandan people also know healing, reconciliation and rebuilding. To lead in the work of love, healing, and justice, Black American women and Rwandan women are in a unique position to learn from and equip each other and the universal church.
We will spend our time in Rwanda facilitating reciprocal learning workshops about self-esteem with young women from the boarding school and entrepreneurial exchange sessions with the Africa New Life women by offering entrepreneurship and practical skills training to ensure the viability of their businesses which will support their families and the entire community.
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Here’s How You Can Help
$3727.50 covers the trip of each participant. Any money raised above and beyond will be used to sponsor more women in Africa New Life vocational training programs.
Many have asked what you can do to support the work of justice and community. This is an opportunity to recognize and support the work of Black women here in America and abroad in Rwanda to build strong communities, know their roots and be equipped as leaders, students, and entrepreneurs.
Thank you for your support of
Africa New Life and Woman to Woman!