Today we continue our 10-Fold journey supporting the most vulnerable of the earth … children.
Through the Children, Poverty, and Violence Advance, Global Ministries has supported ministry in Liberia with children affected by civil war through the program “Children Empowered for Sustainability Program.” And missionary Frido Kinkolenge is acting as our hands, feet, voice, and heart.
The last decade and half of civil war in Liberia had poured out uprooted people from their towns and villages where they were living in peace and harmony. Among these displaced people are the most vulnerable people: women, children and mostly girls who came seeking for refuge, fearing rebel atrocities in towns and villages. Some were captured, abused and lived by force with fighters, forced to engage in sexual acts and with very limited freedom of movements. Released, they ended in an Internally Displaced Camp. After the camp was resolved, they didn’t want to go back to towns and villages of origin.
Hit by poverty and frustration in the very hard economic system, they turn to prostitution and drugs consumption as part of their struggle for survival. CESPRO is a girls’ program to suggest alternatives to reverse the situation. With its
programs and activities, CESPRO is a Havre of Love, counseling, reconciliation with self, be taught and educated (family education, HIV / AIDS awareness, prevention and education…) in different correlated life situations, be trained in Life skills as Pastry / Baking, sewing and crocheting, cosmetology, soap making, tie and dye, typing coupled with some literacy program… initiation to small scale micro credit to work for building up business capacity for their sustainability.
The Department of Children’s Ministries is a Ministry to, for, with and by children throughout Liberia in both poor rural and congested urban areas (including Refugee camps / IDP camps and targeted orphanages) regardless of their tribes, creed, social status, religion or denomination. It has the overall responsibility to raise the profile, advocate for rights and restore the dignity of children in Liberia. It is to also identify those children who are disadvantaged, underprivileged, economically impoverished and the most vulnerable and powerless of God’s children, have them gathered and provided with both general, Christian and other forms of education and nurture.
It is against this background that we have selected those girls dying slowly on the streets of Kakata City forced to prostitution to survive; those disadvantaged and destitute girls dying of ignorance and poverty to restore their dignity as human beings created in God’s image through this form of education.
Leadership for this program is provided by Frido Kinkolenge, a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church and the EmK Weltmission (United Methodist Church in Germany). Frido is Director of Children’s Ministries in the UMC Liberia Annual Conference and EmK Weltmission Children’s Project Manager in Liberia.
“These children who have been soldiers, they know the things they’ve done and they worry that they will not be
accepted back into society. Many of these children have not known any love. They’ve never had time to grieve. Some cannot read or write but with help they can experience healing, become productive and be convinced to move away from violence.”
But if you will journey with us, if you will connect with Jesus here in the least, you will change a life. That is what is in the balance – the life of a child. Please support this critical ministry. Please make an online donation to: Frido Kinkolenge #15152Z.