Dorcas ministry started in the year 2008 when AMG noticed many young teenage girls were dropping out of school. When girls would start their menstrual cycle they thought they were dying. Can you believe that?! So, these girls would miss a week every month in school causing them to get behind and eventually just drop out. The women at AMG Uganda stepped in and now educates these girls, supplies them with sanitary pads (which a packet only costs $1.50…but most families cannot afford them), and counsels them during this difficult age. Many of these girls are total orphans and they come from very poor families. They are often abused by their parents or guardians. They are forced to drop out of school at a younge age, forced into early marriages that lead them to early pregnancy and possibly being exposed to HIV/AIDS or other STDs. The Dorcas Mothers (as they are called) disciple these young girls to follow Christ and make the right choices, like saving themselves until they are married.
|The girls on the team|
One morning while in Uganda the girls on the team had the opportunity to fellowship and encourage the Dorcas mothers and some of the older girls involved in the program. The team prepared a program with a few worship songs, testimonies, and scripture. It was amazing how our team pulled together and each of us shared something with the Dorcas group. This was one of my favorite days in Uganda. These Dorcas mothers and girls are simply amazing. We came to encourage them but their faith and complete trust in God encouraged and challenged me! It is a beautiful thing to worship God and fellowship with sisters in Christ.
|Aly sharing the Word|
I hope we were as much of a blessing to them as they were to us! It really is amazing what this ministry is doing to help many young girls. What is so amazing is this ministry started with about $10 that some of the AMG Uganda women put in from their own pockets. Now, Dorcas ministers to mothers and grandmothers of sponsored children, they support two girls through university, and they continue to minister and disciple to young teenage girls entering into womanhood.
|Madie with a new friend|
Please pray for the Dorcas ministry. Let me know if you would like to learn more about the ministry and how you can get involved!