|South Sudan team that went through F4 and graduated early 2016|
The Financial Freedom for Familiestraining programme successfully concluded its pilot trainingsin Juba and Wau early 2016. The Juba class that started off with 27 participants ended up graduating 7 in in January while the Wau team graduated 30 participants in March. ‘
Today marks a celebration of faithfulness, of commitment, of endurance for those who started this journey and have been faithfulness every step of the way, and now we celebrate their milestone of having completed this phase of study of financial freedom for families,” said Henry Mwaniki who is the F4 Coordinator during the Wau graduation ceremony.
From these trainings, a seed was sown in the entire nation of South Sudan that if allowed to germinate,to grow and nurtured well it can transform the nation and the generations to come. The 37 graduates of F4 in Juba and Wauwere tasked to becustodians of the seed planted and encouraged to nurture it and see it flourish across Africa’s youngest nation.
Financial Freedom for Families is a personal financial management training geared towards better stewardship of God-given resources at all levels of life starting for the core:- the family. The main training materials in training F4 were the Bible, the F4 Training Manual and the book Mixing God with Money. The topics covered include: challenge of record keeping, ownership vis-à-vis stewardship, debts and financial crisis, relationship.
“Our graduates have come to understand that wealth is not created in isolation but in a community and this requires accountability not just to others but to oneself,” avers Sara Gitahi.
This course faces some economic and political issues that South Sudan as a nation is going through to date. Due to political instability, there is inflation and economic hardship and but I am consoled to know that God not only knows about it but owns South Sudan will all its resources that the leaders and communities are fighting for. It also has a spiritual dimension in that it has helped me to know that God owns it all.
CMS-Africa has thus made new inroads into this newest nation with this message of transformation. This involves equipping of families with contagious knowledge. “As they practice, live it out, experience it, keep records and follow through with the disciplines, they can’t hide it and someone next to them will notice that there is something different about these people and will seek to ask giving an opportunity to engage and pass on the message to many others,” affirms Henry