Fifty people representing seven churches and TWR staff gathered Oct. 2 for the launch of women’s ministry on Pemba Island, about 35 miles off the northeast coast of Tanzania.

It’s TWR Women of Hope’s first continuing outreach on the island, whose population is predominantly Muslim. Reflecting the TWR ministry’s priorities, the new outreach will initially be based on the organization of prayer groups and later is expected to include the broadcasting of Women of Hope on local FM radio as funding becomes available.

“God’s timing is always perfect, and we will trust and depend on his guiding,” said Sphiwe Nxumalo-Ngwenya, TWR Women of Hope regional coordinator for Africa. “We see him at work as already we have a young lady who volunteered to coordinate ministry.”

The young coordinator – as a security measure, her name won’t be released – will meet with the ministry’s coordinator for Tanzania later this month for orientation. Another aspect of the plans for Pemba is distribute audio devices loaded with Women of Hope.

“We need to reach even the younger generation with hope to help them in their despair,” the new coordinator said. “Some haven’t been able to go to high school not because they don’t qualify but only because they do not subscribe to the [traditional] religion."

If God leads you, please join us in praying that the ministry will take root on Pemba and have a significant impact on residents’ lives.

Article credits to Jon Hill & Sphiwe Nxumalo-Ngwenya

Picture credit to MuhammadTaha Pexels