Come and see how the non-profit Zoe Empowers is changing the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children. You don’t have to pack a suitcase – just join us in the Sanctuary or at home on Zoom on May 25, 26, and 27th.
You may remember Zoe Empowers as one of the organizations we supported with our Christmas offering in 2020. On this mission trip, you won’t be asked to make repairs on broken-down homes or any such manual labor. Instead, you’ll be introduced to young people who rose from despair so deep that anyone except those inspired by God to offer a helping hand might consider it hopeless. These events are a combination of live interaction with Zoe children, videos, and interviews with the program managers. They provide a reassuring and touching connection to the children.
The sessions run over three days from 9:30 to 11 am each day. Watch at home by yourself or with your community group or Bible study. Friends who attend churches of other denominations or who don’t attend church at all are welcome too! You will be able to come and join us in person in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, May 26, and stay after the session for fellowship and food.
- Day 1: Visit Rwanda with Epiphanie Mujawimana, founder of Zoe’s empowerment program and manager of Zoe Rwanda. Listen as Epiphanie describes Zoe’s genesis out of tragedy and how this movement of God began. You will be amazed by what orphaned children in Rwanda are capable of with just a little support.
- Day 2: Explore a Kenyan village with Reegan Kaberia, Zoe’s chief program officer and manager of Zoe Kenya. Hear directly from the incredible boys and girls in Zoe’s program. Be inspired by the triumph of the human spirit in God’s hands.
- Day 3: Travel to India and speak with Nani Chintala, manager for Zoe Vizag, India. See God at work in urban slums on a new continent, and learn how your gifts and skills can be used by God to change the world for these young people.
More About Zoe Empowers
Zoe Empowers is a non-profit headquartered in Raleigh, NC that seeks, as its website says, to turn abandoned and vulnerable children from beggars into bosses within three years.
“Guided by the core belief of not doing anything for these young people that they can be taught to do for themselves, we equip orphaned and vulnerable children to overcome extreme poverty by addressing multiple barriers simultaneously,” Zoe proclaims.
Through a three-year empowerment program fueled by grants and education, children with nothing develop and operate their businesses. They turn into productive, leading citizens of their villages and towns. It transforms a generation and breaks decades-old cycles of hopelessness.
“Each day you’re literally speaking to the orphaned children and seeing how God has changed and empowered their lives,” said Molly McEntire, Mission Training and Volunteer Coordinator at the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.