Hands of Grace is our partner ministry to women in Gabon. Our ministry partners and Hands of Grace Center is a place where women can come and receive training and earn income. The largest part of this center is the sewing ministry that trains and allows women access to machines, material and everything they need to learn a new skill. The women work on individual projects that they can sell, larger scale projects such as school uniforms and also items that we can export to States for them to sell as well. We are currently building a jewelry program as well at the center. The ministry started out specific to widows, but includes all marginalized women who are outcast from their society and unable to find employment.
There are many women who find it impossible to generate income or find a job once they are widowed. In Africa, being a widow comes with a certain stigma often that you are no longer worth anything without your husband. If the women have young children to care for, this problem is much worse. The women who lead at the center also serve to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and assist in helping them through issues and teaching the women the love of God.