African Relief Ministries
|2013 TRIP to Nasir, South Sudan
Posted By: Hazel (1/12/2013 11:31:43 AM)
We left on Thursday from Boston and arrived finally Friday late in Addis Ababa. We had to completely change our flight and route. God is good and we are still on schedule to be in Nasir on Monday.
WE had a longer stay in Addis than previously planned but got to go visit some of Pastor Michael's family while there.
We are praying our luggage will arrive by the time we leave for Gambella on Sunday.
We are trusting God for his provision and guidance.
Blessings to all as we have enough funds this year to help 80 widows get started in business.
Widows' Success Stories
Posted By: Hazel (12/1/2012 7:33:39 AM)
Interview #1: Mary Nyabiel Tony
My business is to buy fish and cook it and I earn money at this business. I couldn’t get money to start a business. Her deceased husband brother helped to support her children, but now she is able to support her own children. She has 2 daughters and 1 son. Her
leg is very painful. She went to the hospital but it didn’t help. She is still working because she needs to support her children. She is now doing beadwork and is planning to sell that. She would like to say thank you to the person who sent her the money.
Interview #2: Rebecca Nyabel Gach
She said God helped her work hard with her business and she has already paid back her loan. She cooks bread and tea. She has a small kitchen for cooked tea. She buys meat for cooking and people buy from her. She also buys firewood and sells it. She has 4 children. If she could meet the person who sent the money, she would tell them she is very happy and God be with you.
Interview #3: Mary Nyalew Thoal
She makes food with meat-cow, sheep,
chicken & fish. She is a good cook and has a lot of customers. She thinks her chicken is the best. Mary has 4 children-2 boys & 2 girls. She says her business is a small kitchen and she has already paid back her loan and wants to borrow more to grow her business. Her message to the person who sent the money is “God Bless you and I will continue to work hard.”
Interview #4: Rebecca Nyaket Majiok
Her husband was shot by a gun when the war started. She has 3 children 1 girl and 2 boys.She has a little shop and sells her crochet work. She is teaching her daughter to crochet and help out. Someone bought one of her big pieces for 1 sheep. She takes some to Malakal and Juba and got a lot of money and bought a cow. She has 4 cows, 3 goats & 2 sheep from her business and was able to help her son pay for a bride with the cows. If she could meet the people who gave the money she would say, “Thank you & God Be with you ! I will continue to work hard in my business. I will follow Jesus until I die.
Interview #5: Elizabeth Nyadak Makvach
Elizabeth’s husband died in the war in 1986 and she has 5 children. Her business is making crochet work and selling it. She takes them to other villages to sell. She has 1 sheep and 1 goat from her business.She is planning to start another business and have a kitchen where she can cook cow & chicken meat. She said thank you to the team for making the sacrifice to come from a far place and to the person who sent the money she would give them thanks and say God be with you.
Interview #6: Mary Wading Deng
Mary has 7 children-4 boys & 3 girls. Before she received the money from ARM she
collected firewood and sold it. Now she doesn’t have to collect firewood in the forest. She now
sells her brooms for 10 pounds or 1 goat. It takes 2 days to make 1 broom. Her crochet pieces are 5 pounds for the small ones and 30 for the large. Now I know that God loves us, because you come here from America.” For the one who gave her the money, “I would like to give them Thank You. They helped me and I want to thank God.”
Interview #7: Mary Nyalek Gatluak
Mary has 4 children = 3 girls & 1 boy. Her Business is her crochet work. She wanted to thank us for coming and insisted I take a crochet piece which was worth 1 goat. She along with all the others has paid back her loan and has been able to take care of her children. She also cooks bread in a small kitchen and plans to make another loan to grow her business. “When you leave Nasir, pass my greeting to the people in America who helped us. God Bless You !”
Posted By: Hazel (11/14/2012 1:32:23 PM)
On November 3rd, the Southern Gospel Group Heaven's Blend offered their gifts for a benefit concert for African Relief Ministries. After the concert we all gathered in the fellowship hall for a spaghetti dinner. One of the highlights of the evening was the cow round up conducted by Dr. Wilson Hickam of the Omega Foundation. Through the generous donations, $2,620.00 was raised to support the widows' groups and the pastoral/leadership training for the upcoming trip in January. Thank you to all who worked so diligently in the kitchen for the meal and for Heaven's Blend for an awesome concert!!!
Thank you for joining hands with us to help support widows and their children in Southern Sudan.
God Bless you,
Pastor Hazel Seavey
Nov. 17th, 2012 Rock-a-Thon
Posted By: Hazel (11/14/2012 1:26:34 PM)
UPDATE on the Rock-A-Thon.
The event was a huge success! We had several teens and parents participate. These committed youths rocked from 5 pm to 5 am! YOU TEENS ROCK! Pastor Michael Gatkek joined us and told many stories of life as a youth in Southern Sudan. We ate, we rocked and finally Sunday morning we slept! The funds raised by the teens was $365.00. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard.
Many children and widows will have new life because of your efforts.
God Bless you all,
April 2010 - ARM Trip to Southern Sudan
Posted By: arm (8/4/2011 9:03:27 AM)
In April 2010, African Relief Ministries traveled to Nasir and Ulang Southern Sudan. This was during the first Presidential election in 20 years. While there, A.R.M started two Widows' Business Micro-finance groups and conducted pastoral training in both regions.
The widows' training consisted of business, esteem, group teamwork and trauma awareness and practical coping skills. The Pastoral training was in the areas of reconciliation, trust, tribalism, community, inter- personal relationships and unity.
The team participants were Amy Richards, a trauma nurse; Pastor Michael Gatkek a Nazarene Pastor from Portland, Maine, founder of A.R.M and native of Southern Sudan; and Pastor Hazel Seavey, President of African Relief Ministries.
At the trainings in Nasir and Ulang, more than 100 widows attended the training and fellowship meals together. Many widows shared their trauma experiences for the first time and found new hope! The groups were established with 30 widows, a group President selected from the widows and a secretary/treasurer. After the training, each widow was given a completion certificate and awarded their money to start their own business. Hope was given and joy was abounding!
Since that time, both groups in both Nasir and Ulang have paid back their principal allotments 100% and are now working on their second and third installments to the widows' group. (See tab for Widows' Business)
The Pastoral training was equally successful! There was a brotherhood only found in Christ Jesus and His healing. Working together, we shared and learned how to overcome obstacles that will hurt and destroy future growth both individually and collectively.
This October, African Relief Ministries will travel again to the regions of Nasir and Ulang, as well as Gambela, Ethiopia. While there, more widows' business groups will be established and pastoral/ leadership training will be conducted. We will also be researching material costs, possible locations and resources for the future goal of building a reconciliation center in Southern Sudan.
The A.R.M team members for 2011 are Pastor Michael Gatkek, Pastor Hazel Seavey, Sandra Kaiser- Grief/Loss social worker, Rebecca Lawrence- Seed/VBS project coordinator and Mark Carter- Youth & project worker.