The women training held in July at Nairobi Baptist church helped the South Sudanese to realise that they are the children of God. It doesn’t matter whether you are a woman, a man, or a business person.
The Lord God is one and He perceives us his own children.
The first feedback was on how translate the training into action. The women wanted to know how they could not just maintain the knowledge but translate into actions. That is because they receive many good teachings but it’s hard for them to strategy off anything as they lack land, money which are vital capital in any business venture.
Many were of the views that they be facilitated to get funds in order to start business.
But the Samaritan Strategy Africa trainer Stephen Mosheni encouraged them to carry out assessment of their environment and start small.
Mosheni encouraged them to team up and do joined seed projects. He also asked them not to go into business as we know it but to diversify into service provision, use of skills and talents they have and make money.
CMS-Africa pledged to conduct another vision Conference for the same group so as to help take forward some of the lessons learnt in the women training. Lucy also pledged to organize for a follow up training to delve more into issues of business for those who are ready to keep the discipline of business.
Mama Mary reported after the training that she had learnt a lot about business as a means of survival. I was running business some time back but it collapsed. From this training. I have learnt a lot about what caused the collapse of the business. Lack of record keeping, lack of saving, poor sales and marketing strategies are just among the things we learnt.
Yet another participant said she had learnt about tithing as an anchor to business. “From my business I was not tithing but now tithing will be the first item when computing by profits,” she said
One of the participant, Naomi Hisiaha’s expectation was to share experiences of being a mother and learn from other. She said she had learnt a lot about setting example for her children.
Yet another woman also reported to have learnt that there is need for ensuring quality controls I doing business
I have also learnt that we should not be profit hungry just selling at exorbitant prices but to do business that glorifies God.
I also learnt a lot about parenting as the mother. I took the Lesson on leading by example and went ahead to practice one evening and all my children started exercising when they saw me exercise.
From this training, I have decided not to close my business at Kenyatta market. The teachings on starting small and trusting God for the growth is one thing that has greatly inspired me.
Expectation on love peace, prosperity for South Sudan for the youth were not answered.
Requested for the youth training and empowerment programme. The youth have lost their culture, have no direction, have no hope and future and thus need support to make meaning out of life.
One other participant learnt the art of saving. She was doing business but not saving anything. She could buy and sell and use all the proceeds and more often she could have money to buy new products.
I also learnt that my products should be well branded to make my customers attracted.
One of the young ladies who attended the training learnt a lot about the ABC’s of culture and was all tears asking for prayers for her fellow youth from South Sudan who she said have adopted other people’s culture and not God’s way of life.
She decried the heartless and violent culture in her country and prays that many more may here this message of hope to live not according to human wisdom but God’s plan for Mankind.