This week went by way too fast and we are not ready to leave. We are heartbroken that today is our last day but also hopeful that we will return to follow-up with these women’s businesses and deepen the friendships we formed.
The past few days Alan and Grace have been working on individual business contracts for the six women. These lay out the specific loan amounts and logistics for the system of the loan and repayment. Ammabel approved of the contracts last night and today we will have our last meetings with the women where they will sign contracts and begin their efforts in beginning their businesses.
We arrived at Ammabel’s home early this morning to spend some time with her 4 young boys before we got into business stuff. We attempted to play soccer and made an “American” apple pie that we had been promising them all week. It is crazy how close we can feel with a family after only spending one week with them. They are truly one of the most righteous families we have every met.
After eating the delicious pie the women arrived and we met with each of them individually. We explained the contracts and they all signed them with smiles on their faces. It was a surreal moment for us as we watch each women sign and begin this journey that could change the course of her life. We really didn’t have to do much. The Lord was so faithful and directed our steps the entire way. All six women are extremely bright and talented. We are certain that they will follow through and have successful businesses.
We headed home with tears in our eyes, filled by the Holy Spirit’s guidance and provision. We had a restful last day in the beautiful city and caught our 1am flight back to the US.
We are so thankful for all the prayer and support we received for and during our trip. Everything went better than we could have expected and we are so excited to continue working with Ammabel, Grace and the 32 women.
Becky Collier will be interning with EN this next semester and can answer any questions and respond to any comments that you may have.