After years of surviving on very little without hope for a better life, the Sudanese refugee women met Margaret Ajju, a trained biblical counselor. Margaret began a Bible study for the refugees and other women in the community.
Though encouraged and engaged, the group soon faced the same challenge that impacts many African Christians—a lack of Bibles. Very few of these women owned their own Bibles and those they had were old and tattered. Through God’s gracious provision, Margaret obtained more Bibles for the group. To this day, the women continue to meet regularly to study God’s Word as they eagerly embrace the richness of God’s promises.
Praying for an opportunity to make a reliable income selling their handcrafts, the refugee women showed Margaret their paper bead products. When Margaret met Rafiki missionary Patti Lafage and introduced her to the women, Patti was impressed with their artisan crafts and wished to help them. They began selling their crafts to Rafiki and their lives changed radically:
—They no longer need to break stones to earn meager living.
—They can now afford more than one meal a day, medical care, and other needed resources.
—They have the funds to send their children to school.
—They added Rafiki Bible Study lessons to their group study and rejoice in all they are learning about their heavenly Father and his gracious provision.
God answered their prayers and provided the budding businesswomen with a brighter future through the Rafiki Foundation.