Terry Smith, CBM’s Executive Director, explores real-life mission in Episode 2 of his YouTube series, titled “Co-Mission”. Sitting down with CBM's India Team Leader, Suraj Komaravalli, tune in as they talk about the value of partnership with local churches, particularly in India, where great transformation is taking place among men and women, in homes, villages, and seminaries, through the development of leadership within the local church. As we engage in mission in a new dimension, remember to pray for the mission of your own church as well. How is your church engaged in mission within your community or with the wider needs of a broken world? Continue reading to see snapshots of partnership and men & women’s leadership within the context of mission in the local church today!
Next Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. They are important pillars of society, especially evident in many of the contexts in which CBM works. Pastor Das Sydney of Highland Baptist Church recently returned from India, where he was serving on a short-term mission trip with a few of his church members.
He shares, "In India – we followed in your footsteps, in visiting a Kui village. Attached are pictures of a woman, close to the village, which represented to me the hardships that women have to bear in that area. She is carrying a child, has a hoe over her shoulder, and water and food on her head…..She works in the field, cares for her children, and manages the home. We recognize how universal that is, but in that context, we see starkly the harshness of life and the hardships she faces, as a farm worker, homemaker, wife and mother."
It is the reality of women all over the world, who CBM along with the local church, are working together to ensure they receive full support, care and encouragement no matter what they face. This is what CBM’s campaign, She Matters Too, is all about. Click the link below to find out more!
CBM Executive Director Terry Smith recently visited Democratic Republic of Congo, where some communities report that the incidence of rape is as high as 50 percent of the female population. In one church, 87 percent of the females are victims of sexual violence. Daughters, mothers, grandmothers…no one is exempt from the cruelty and violence. As women share their stories, we wonder how they can recover from such trauma. Where is there hope for these courageous women? How can we walk alongside them as they recover their dignity? Marielle* is one of these women.
“I was 16 and on my way to a good education and future. One day when I was home with my sister, four men in uniform broke into our house. They raped me and my sister. Now I have a baby to care for. The counsellors heard about me and came to my house. They got me to the hospital to get the care I needed. They invited me to a support group. I received a $50 loan to start a business. I have not gone back to school because I must look after my child so I do not know what the future holds. I pray every day that God will help me forget, and that I will be able to care for my child.”
*name has been changed
Dida* is the wife of Ismael*, an acknowledged religious leader who draws on the wisdom that comes from knowing Isa al Masih (Jesus Christ). Muslim believers like Dida and Ismael, call themselves Followers of the Straight Path. Through word and deed, they share their faith and knowledge of God within the context of their culture and Islamic religious practices, while addressing expressed felt needs through development projects. Dida has been taking part in regular biblical/theological and spiritual formation training that is being offered to women leaders through CBM’s partner in the Philippines.
“Now I understand better,” she said. “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. He is the Straight Path that leads us to [God], the Word of God that is always truthful, and the breath of God that gives life to everyone.” Dida wants to be a faithful servant of God, and her commitment to the training program is to reproduce what she learns back in her community. As a female leader, Dida reaches out to other young women inviting them to join her in seeking the path of righteousness for their lives.
*names have been changed