Burdened by the needs and emboldened by the opportunities for women in Mozambique, WOW began dreaming and planning for our first-ever Very Special Purse Party. We’d barely begun to explore what a purse party even was, when we discovered the cost of an agricultural microenterprise -- $60,000! We were a brand new organization of just a handful of women! How could we possibly plan an event of that magnitude? The odds truly seemed against us, until we considered the odds our brothers and sisters in Africa face every day.

The Mozambicans were overcoming rough conditions of poverty, disease, centuries of oppression by foreign countries and decades of civil war. These strife-filled years had destroyed the country’s infrastructure, leaving few viable job opportunities for Mozambicans close to home.

 

Mindful of our friends’ sufferings, WOW purposed to work hard for a season in order to help those in Mozambique rise from a lifetime of hard. On October 15, 2011, after five months of praying, dreaming, planning and working, WOW hosted its first-ever Very Special Purse Party. Guy’s Party Center blossomed as a beautiful venue for a glorious event! And by the grace of God, $60,000 was raised for an agricultural microenterprise!

 

God gave life and livelihood to the people of Mozambique!

The harvest was plentiful!

 

WOW was overwhelmed! But God was not even done! While WOW was envisioning one microenterprise, God was developing two! WOW was introduced to an excellent seamstress in Chaimite, and the funds raised from the Very Special Purse Party covered the start-up of a sewing business, too!

Very quickly, with just a few months’ instruction, the women of Mozambique produced school uniforms for the children of their village. Their success, coupled with the great tomato harvest and the news that many Mozambicans were growing in their relationships with Jesus Christ, was such glorious answer to prayer!

 

But with joy also came news of sorrow. WOW became aware of another village very close to Chaimite that had no clean water.

And the village was in great need.

 

WOW heard the call to provide for these needs, and we appealed to our generous friends to help us present the Very Special Purse Party II.

Guy’s Party Center opened its elegant doors to us again…

And friends from the young, young at heart, and all heart sizes in between came in force offer their support to the oppressed in Mozambique and right in our own backyard.

Thanks to the creative talents of WOW’s dearest friends, the Very Special Purse Party II offered many new features, including WOW totebags that not only supported women in Africa and the United States, but also the women in India who made them.

By the end of the evening, WOW was overwhelmed again by the deep hearts and deep pockets of our friends. The Very Special Purse Party II raised enough funds to underwrite a SECOND FULL AGRICULTURAL MICROENTERPRISE IN MOZAMBIQUE!

Moreover, four Greater Akron ministries – ICU Pregnancy Services, Rahab Ministries, TRY Ministries and Urban Vision -- also became recipients of purse party donations. WOW is grateful to our friends for their generosity and support and to our Almighty God for superintending over every detail and stirring our hearts for this mission!

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

See Where He Is Leading.