Kent and Peggy Martin gave an account of their years in Tanzania and Uganda from 2014 to 2021 with the Rafiki Foundation when First Baptist Women on Mission met Sept. 12. The Rafiki Foundation is part of Bible Study Fellowship which serves more than 400,000 class members on six continents in more than 120 nations.
The Martins opened their presentation by noting that Africa is three times bigger than the United States. Or, put a little differently, three of the United States could fit into the continent of Africa. Their home in Tanzania, at an altitude of 3,000 feet near the equator, had a view of Kilamanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, from their living room.
They organized the Teacher Training Institute and served in a 50-acre village where they had school for the orphans who lived on campus as well as some day students. Kent, an infectious disease doctor, supervised 250 doctors at one point in their ministry and oversaw health care for the village. Peggy oversaw the hiring and training of "mothers" for each of the cottages, training them in the Bible as well as how to bring up children, and also supervised the kitchen and handled the village’s finances. Each cottage in the village housed 10 children, each of whom did their own laundry, referring to that time as "making stories" where they talked about their day with the other children instead of seeing it as work.
Students at the school participated in 45 minutes to an hour of Bible study each day and memorized scripture and the catechism (the missionaries worked with whatever church was the major church in the region, which was Lutheran during their time there). Classes focused on the same Bible lesson each day, and the Bible lessons were age-specific. Peggy shared that to meet government requirements, the school had to build new chemistry, biology, and physics labs. During the three years of construction, the secondary students had to go to a national school, which was a three-mile walk from the village and which did not provide Bible study.
Each year the village had a special Thanksgiving time, where they gave thanks for all that God had done in the past year and thanking Him for the opportunities that would be there in the upcoming year.
Their last eight months on the mission field were in Uganda, near Lake Victoria, where they had 109 students, 80 of which were teenagers. From these, some 30-40 students enrolled in a three-year medical training program and were discipled to share this knowledge by caring for other people.
The Martins, who now live in Franklin, NC, encouraged WOM to consider short-term missions (from 2-3 weeks to three months) as an opportunity to get hands-on experience of what it is like on the mission field.
Calling all knitters and crocheters!
Nancy encouraged those who knit or crochet to begin making blankets for children who are removed from homes with dangerous situations. WOM will be collecting new clothing for infants through age 18 (particularly under clothing), along with blankets, stuffed animals, etc., to present to the WOM speaker in December who will share about the Isaiah 1:17 house.
Coming In October
Bob and Carol Givens will be the guest speakers when Women on Mission meet on Oct. 10. The program will follow a potluck luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Buchanan fellowship hall.
The Givenses served in both Bolivia and Paraguay as church planters and later worked as coaches for new SIM missionaries. SIM has more than 4,000 workers from 65 different nations working in more than 70 countries worldwide.
On the mission field the Givenses developed a student exchange ministry where they placed Christian university students with families and brought Bolivian and Paraguayan high school students to live with families in the United States. This opened the door to discover Bible studies and tore down barriers to the gospel and evangelical Christianity.
Also in October, Jeremy and Stacy Frith will be sharing the work of Barnabas Aid and how they help persecuted Christians in combined Sunday School classes at First Baptist on Oct. 9. Bob and Carol Givens are Stacy Frith’s parents.
In cooperation with the Atlanta Dream Center, WOM are writing messages of encouragement that can be handed out to young women who are being trafficked in Atlanta. WOM also supports Hope House of Union County by collecting personal hygiene items such as shampoo, body wash, deodorant, etc., which are distributed free of charge to Hope House clients. Through offerings collected monthly and budget funding from First Baptist, WOM are supporting the following ministries:
- Cowboy Church of Jerusalem to purchase food and new boots.
- Pure Love Pure Water for more filters to be sent to missionaries.
- The Clarkston After-School Ministry, which provides a meal for the children and to purchase supplies for the children.
- Missionaries Troy and Jeana Nicholson, whose home in Albania was damaged in a December earthquake.
Who We Are
WOMEN ON MISSION have a passion for missions. We meet the second Monday of each month at 11:30 in the Ministry Center. Each month a special speaker is invited to share with us his/her time of ministry on the field, whether it be overseas or here in the United States. We have heard speakers from Russia, Albania, Turkey, Peru, Honduras, Tanzania, and many other places around the globe, as well as representatives from the ministry to refugees in Clarkston, GA, Out of Darkness Ministry in Atlanta, Voice of the Martyrs, and many other U.S.-based mission groups. We each receive a blessing from hearing the testimonies of these speakers. Often we learn of ways we can be involved in reaching out to the lost through these ministries.
Be a part of WOM
WOM supports a different missionary each year by sending them a monthly love gift. We also save and collect our loose pocket change to provide water filters for missionaries who do not have access to potable water. Periodically, we provide toiletry items which Hope House of Blairsville can share with its clients. As the Lord leads, we engage in projects which help missionaries or reach out to the lost. In all that we do, we aim to bring glory to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We encourage you to come and join us on the second Monday of any given month. Participation is open to ALL women — young, old, or in between.