Africa

Without Faith

By Beth Green

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“Without faith, it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.”  Hebrews 11:6

Many years ago, as a college student, I memorized this verse as part of a discipleship Bible study.  Little did I know how God would use this verse in years to come.  There is something about memorization that is so beneficial – not only does it set our minds on things above but also comes back to us when we truly need it. 

In the years that followed, my faith walk would be tested.  Never did I ever dream that God would call Kelly and I into an area of our lives where there were no safety nets but GOD!  Leaving the consistency of being on staff in a church and placing Kelly into full time evangelism caused my uncertain heart to realize just how little I knew about true faith.  Yes, at the age of 12, I had surrendered my life to Christ by FAITH.  But I never had any idea at that time how God would work this verse into my soul, like a baker kneading bread. 

One of the aspects of this verse is the reality that it is IMPOSSIBLE to please God without faith.  We say we have faith, but then when we are put out to do something that seems impossible, do we totally collapse into His arms, allowing Him to bring about what seems impossible? 

Last year, I had the privilege to see a woman walk through the exercise of this very verse.  She came to me and told me that she felt God was calling her to go to Uganda.  She began to prepare support letters to send out to friends and family to raise support for her trip.  With faith and dependence on God, she did all that she could do to try to help in the process.  She knew that God had called her to go, but she kept trying to think in the back of her mind how she and her husband might try to come up with a way to make it happen.  There would be sacrifices indeed but she thought, “If my letters don’t bring in any funds, this is what we will try to do.” 

As time went by and the deadline date began to approach, she became concerned.  She had only received gifts from two people out of the 50 support letters.  This is when God’s magnificent plan began to take place.  The faith walk she was facing was a true reality and she was “all in” since God had made His will known to her to go.

First, funds came through a garage sale which she and other women going to Uganda put together.  Church members had gotten involved and given them items to sell.  A remarkable thing took place that Saturday in April – these women raised over $2000 for their trip to Uganda through this garage sale!  Funds were split between them all and more money was put into this woman’s account. 

Next, strangers began to give towards her trip!  A Muslim man who owned a convenience store gave towards her trip.  A man who heard her talking about her trip to someone else approached her and gave her funds!  She ran into a former coworker who had moved to another job, and he asked her about what she had been doing.  She shared with him about her opportunity to go to Uganda and he gave!  Her husband’s golf partner asked to participate in helping her go!

God began to work as only He can do!  But then came the most unexpected!  She had ordered some items off the internet for Uganda and was concerned about these items which were put on back order.  She called the internet company and shared her concern.  The internet company said they would investigate and asked her why she needed them so soon.  She was able to share about her trip to Uganda and what she would be doing while there.  A day or so past and then she received a call back from this person.  This person assured her that the order would be received soon and told her to expect something in the mail very soon.  An envelope came to her home with a card.  Inside the card were over 15 signatures from workers at that internet company and a $500 check for her trip!!  On top of that, two of the signatures were from people she had formerly worked with in another company!  GOD proved to her that He truly is “the rewarder of them who diligently seek Him.”  What seemed impossible became possible because she allowed God to do what He is so good at doing!  She went last year and has already committed to go again this year, allowing herself once again to be placed in this place of total dependency on His provision. 

How great is our God?  Too often we try to manage things ourselves and only allow Him to do what we can conceive.  But God wants us to believe Him, trust Him, allow ourselves to be flung out vessels with no options but HIM!  This is when He works in the most remarkable ways to reward those who seek Him with empty arms.

A New Creation

Beth Green: Posted on Saturday, May 14, 2016 8:44 PM

Farida was discovered last year by a village pastor and women’s leader in the village of Luggazi, near Jinja, Uganda.  Farida was living in a one room rental property with her four children.  Her husband had mental issues and disappeared.  She does not know where he is nor has his family offered to help her in any way.  Farida is living with HIV and lived isolated from her relatives.  Farida was Muslim at the time of our discovery of her, attending the nearby Mosque regularly.   

Through support from her God Is Grace sponsor,  Farida has been able to set up a small store where she sells charcoal, firewood and eggs (she is raising the chickens who lay the eggs).  She also has joined the God Is Grace Hairdressing class and is working to use this as a business too.  She is now able to pay her rent, get her medication, feed her children and educate them.  Farida’s life has been transformed by the power of God through the care of His people.  

Once Farida joined God Is Grace, she began to attend functions for the women of God Is Grace with other women in her community.  These women befriended her and it was through these friendships, Farida came to know Christ. She is currently attending church in Lugazzi.  

Recently,  Farida came to the God Is Grace office in Jinja to request a Bible.  Although she can not read, she told us that she has someone who can and will read it to her.   She is truly a new creation in Christ -  “old things have passed away and all things have become new. “  II Corinthians 5:17 

The Blessings!

Beth Green: Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 12:10 PM

Parima is like so many women in Uganda.  She lives in a village called Konko and dreams of being able to one day clothe and feed her children well. She wants them to have an education but saw no way for them to go to school - UNTIL...

Parima was given a sponsor in God Is Grace Ministry. Through this sponsorship, Parima is able to receive funds to build businesses. Her dreams have become reality and Parima has begun developing the business of selling produce.  She also wants to raise pigs and chickens.  

Parima was married to her first husband and had four children with him. He then left her for another woman, leaving no support for the children. Parima married again a second man and they had three children together. He has abandoned her. The second husband comes around once in a while but never supports their children in any way.  Parima, by herself, is raising 7 children at the age of 36! She plans on working hard to be able to care for these children and to educate them.

At Christmas time this year, someone thought "outside the box" and gave God Is Grace Ministry money for a pig instead of giving a gift to a friend or family member. This friend/family member received a beautiful card stating that "A Pig Has Been Given In Your Honor." TODAY, Parima was the recipient of that pig! She will use this pig to start her business in raising pigs - a great business in Uganda! We are so grateful to this donor who "thought beyond" in their Christmas giving!  

NOW Parima has hope - she is thinking of her future and the possibilities for her children! A pig has opened up thoughts of a business which will be ongoing! How Parima's life has been turned around because of these blessings!  

God is Grace Christmas Catalog

Nicole Echols: Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 11:58 PM

The God is Grace Christmas Catalog is coming. Starting November 24th you can visit www.godisgraceafrica.com to shop for all of your friends and family. Items such as a a goat, pig, malaria net, or chickens can be purchased on behalf of someone. The recipient will receive a Christmas card showing what item was purchased on their behalf along with a gorgeous handmade Christmas ornament. The following summer women who are a part of God is Grace will receive the item purchased. This allows you to honor a friend AND bless a family in Uganda or Zambia. This makes a perfect gift! 

Welcome to the God is Grace Blog

Nicole Echols: Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 11:55 AM

     Welcome! We are excited to launch our new God is Grace blog today. We have much to share as God's favor continues to fall on this amazing ministry. We plan to post frequently so you have an insight in to the lives of the women we have the honor of working with in Africa, give updates on immediate needs, and explain how you can partner with us. Visit this blog often and enjoy as you learn more. 

     Today we want to introduce God is Grace and explain how this ministry began several years ago. God is Grace is a ministry developed by Kelly Green Global. This ministry came into existence because of a deep concern for women living in third world countries who are trapped in the cycle of extreme poverty. God is Grace desires to help women break this cycle by learning a trade and beginning at least one business (more when possible for business diversity) which will provide sustainable income for themselves and their family. Women in the United States have the opportunity to sponsor a woman in Africa for one year as this process occurs. 

     We are thrilled to report that this year 98 women in Tororo, Uganda and Zambia are sponsored through God is Grace. God is at work and life change is happening! Spiritual, emotional and physical needs are being met daily. Wow! We are blessed and grateful. Please join us in praying for the ladies of God is Grace.