A recent study by UNWomen showed that economies grow when women work and that countries that are increasing the share of household income controlled by women changes spending money in ways that benefit the families children. At Akola, several of our women act as the sole providers for themselves and their families. Several of them have achieved large milestones and met goals, that without Akola, could not have otherwise reached. We are seeing entire communities be transformed through the lives of stories that are being completely re-designed.
In 2015, some of the Akola women approached our leadership and shared that they desired to see similar programs to be offered for the men in their lives. The women believed that Akola has a huge impact on their lives and wanted others to experience it as well!
Akola launched the first Men’s ministry program with Akola’s Weaving, Training and Textiles Production Manager, Mukulu Solomon in September 2015. The program seeks to reach the construction workers who are currently building section two of the vocational center. The group of men meet once a month and follow the same curriculum that the Akola women use in the Village Fellowship program!
In 2016, the group averaged about 21 men in attendance each month. The men engaged in Appreciative Inquiry discussions and Bible discussions of the following topics: The Hidden Treasure, Comfort, Vision, Confidence, Stewardship, Understanding, Justice in Leadership, Profit, Business and The Church. We are excited to see how our ministry to entire families continues to grow in 2017!
Men’s Ministry Testimony: “As they explored biblical perspectives on gender, Kabi Francis shared that he had three wives and over ten children, but he gives his wives freedom to take the lead in the family and works with them to plan for the future. He shared that he was brought up with the teaching that women have no right to do anything in the home without the man’s approval. In this traditional view, the man brought honor and security to the family. However, he has seen that now women are able to move more freely, and thinks it is good that women can now work and help support the family.”