"ZOE means life; absolute fullness of life. This isn't so much about having enough air to breathe and food to eat. Really it is about having everything one needs to thrive: physically, economically, emotionally and spiritually. It was Jesus' desire that everyone would experience this life."
Presently, our ZOE Partners are bringing this LIFE to women in over nine countries worldwide. From health initiatives to economic empowerment projects, the gospel of Jesus is being demonstrated and lives are being radically transformed! Here is the amazing part...You can be involved!
Transformation Textiles manufactures and distributes underwear and reusable menstrual pads for young women in Africa. Menstrual kits can radically change life for vulnerable girls. With menstrual protection their attendance in school increases, they marry later and have more career options.
In Cambodia, there is here is very little education regarding women’s health, personal hygiene or parenting. This initiative focuses on educating families in the Child Care Plus communities of Cambodia. Tiffanie and her team train staff to educate families, bringing health and wholeness to the family structure.
Weaving Love is a ministry that reaches out to needy mothers in Thailand. This ministry provides a safe place for widows and fatherless infants and toddlers during a time of initial loss. Through the support of a local church (Ban Mai Sawaan Church) mothers are provided with alternatives to the traditional remarriage and receive the nurturing love and support needed as they learn how to support themselves and their children. For many of these women and children, poverty and despair is replaced with hope and love.
Through the Timothy Fund Scholarship Program, an initiative of the PAOC, we offer scholarships to female students who would otherwise not be able to complete a theological education. Women face even greater challenges to accessing education then their male counterparts. We offer scholarships to high capacity women who are gifted and called into vocational ministry.
Female ministers, also known as “Pastoras” and pastor’s wives, faithfully minister the gospel in remote areas of the Dominican Republic. Unfortunately, these women are under resourced. Many lack formal training (though have much life experience) and material to support their ministry endeavours. Discouragement is a common experience for them. Seeing this need, Sharon started an annual interdenominational evangelical conference called “Women of Destiny” that serves to support, encourage, educate and network these women of influence.
A recent survey found that 69% of girls and women in Malawi have experienced some form of sexual assault. Unfortunately, support services available for these victims are very limited. Steve works with Fountain of Life and their primary goal is to address this gap and find ways to help the many, many girls and women begin a healing process that will help them recover and become survivors.
Sarah and her husband Christo pastor a church in Chennai, India. They run “Life Centres” where they provide women with access to education, vocational training and much needed resources. It is here that women learn marketable skills that can lead to greater income-generating opportunities. Childcare is also provided, which removes an often insurmountable obstacle for women that desire to remove their family from the cycle of poverty.
Kathy works with families who have children with disabilities in Malawi. These families live in crushing poverty and often experience rejection within their communities. The mothers, in particular, carry a heavy burden and are exhausted trying to help their families survive. Seeing the need for flexible work for these mums, Kathy creates opportunities for women to start small businesses.
The Yangon Bakehouse is a 10-month skills training program for women from disadvantaged backgrounds. In the nurturing environment of the Yangon Bakehouse, women learn hospitality skills that can lead to a good job upon graduation. Besides hospitality, they are taught basic kitchen skills, hygiene, English, reproductive health, self- esteem, and financial skills.
The Discipleship Training Centre in Trujilla is a program for teen girls at risk. Kim, with her team, mentor these girls in life skills and teach them practical competencies. As a result, they are employable when they graduate from high school.
Microfinance comes to the aid of these marginalized people. By lending to women, we empower people who have survived sexual violence and who have been forced to leave everything behind in search of safety, to support their families through the provision of loans. The Wezesha Project thus provides needed financial services, but also a pathway to a safer life.
Chitenge Creations is an economic empowerment initiative in South Africa. The majority of students are African migrants who have come to South Africa with the hope of finding employment but have been unsuccessful due to the high percentage of unemployment. Students are taught high-end sewing skills as well as business skills so that upon graduation they can start their own business. Each sewing school center is run and managed within the local church context ensuring that the women hear the message that Jesus loves them and has a plan for their lives.