Morocco Partnership Trip, October 5-14, 2012
A team of seven will represent LABC working with our partner church in Rabat in refugee ministry
The Team: Carolyn Godfrey, Brenda Farmer, Tara Farmer, Callie Minks, Dianne Stillwell, Kelsey Stillwell, Laken Thomas
Friday, October 5
The Team will leave Danville at 1:00 p.m. and meet up with others in the Kentucky Baptist Fellowship (KBF) team at the Louisville Airport. Departure: 5:15 p.m. to Detroit, Paris, then Casablanca.
Saturday, October 6
2:10 p.m. – Arrive in Casablanca. Other KBF teams will travel to their partner churches while the LABC team takes the train to Rabat. Our partner church in Rabat will host the team for dinner and fellowship.
Sunday, October 7
Worship with the church in Rabat. LABC team members will take part in worship. Callie will bring greetings from LABC and present our partner church with a tea pot and our LABC tea. Carolyn will read a message from Keith. Tara will visit the children’s ministry. In the late afternoon Kelsey and Laken will meet with the college student group, where Kelsey will share her testimony and engage in a question and answer session. The rest of the team will meet with church leaders to discuss the future of our partnership.
Monday, October 8
The team will meet with refugees in their homes for sharing, discussion, and lunch. In the afternoon the LABC team will meet with the Rabat church women’s group to share experiences, discuss ways to collaborate, and pray. In the evening most of the team will attend prayer meeting at the church, while Callie and Kelsey participate in an interfaith meeting with Franciscan priests and other Catholic leaders.
Tuesday, October 9
The morning and afternoon are set aside for visits to sites of special interest to the team, such as a university, a multi-cultural education and arts center, historic sites, and the Medina. The team will go to church members’ homes for Bible study in the evening. The other KBF teams will arrive in Rabat on Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 10
Tara, Carolyn, and Dianne will lead a workshop on teaching children the Bible with teachers at the Rabat church. Evening - Planning for Bible school.
Thursday-Friday, October 11-12
Mornings- Planning for Bible School for around 45 -50 women and their children.
Afternoon- Conduct Bible School with Rabat church members. Theme: The Good Samaritan. Bible school will include five rotations: (1) Bible study (Dianne & Callie), (2) Biblio-Drama, (3) Art (Tara, Kelsey, Laken), (4) Recreation & Snacks/Manicures for Women (Brenda & Carolyn), (5) Music .
Evening- Team building with KBF and EEAM (Protestant Church of Morocco) .
Saturday, October 13
Morning – Bible school final session
Afternoon – Travel to Casablanca, rest or sightsee
Evening – Closing meal and debriefing
Sunday, October 14
6:35 a.m. – Depart from Casablanca
8:59 p.m. – Arrive in Louisville
Around 11:30 p.m./Midnight – Back in Danville
Youth Group Represented in Morocco
We are excited that Laken and Kelsey will be representing the youth group in Morocco. They will worship with our partner church in Rabat, Morocco and will be involved in a very emotionally intense Bible school with African refugee women and their children. Our youth group will look for ways to go with them in spirit, pray for them, and learn more about how we can help in refugee ministry after the trip.
Purpose of the Trip:
1. Refugee Ministry: The team will join with Rabat church members and other KBF team members to conduct Bible School with English speaking African refugee women and their children, provide food and clothing, and offer skills training and micro enterprise funds so that they can provide a modest income for themselves and their children. The African refugee situation is one of the most desperate in the world.
2. Building our relationship with our partner church in Rabat through worship, meals, fellowship, and working together in refugee ministry.
3. Making our world smaller and promoting peace by learning to live and work among other cultures and religions, especially Muslims.
4. Be open to God’s leadership.
Morocco is a moderate Muslim country, primarily Arabic speaking. Christianity is legal in Morocco, though it is against the law to proselytize a Muslim. The Kentucky Baptist Fellowship partners with the Evangelical Church of Morocco (EEAM), which includes a number of churches throughout the country. Lexington Avenue Baptist partners with the church in Rabat, the capital city. The church is made up primarily of French speaking African students studying at the Universities in Morocco. The partnership with EEAM includes ministry with Moroccan refugees—Africans who have fled war, famine, and political unrest and end up in Morocco destitute.
Thanks for Your Generous Gifts to Refugee Ministry in Morocco
At our Morocco fundraiser dinner (Sept. 12), we raised $1,545 for refugee ministry in Morocco. That's enough money to fund two sustainable micro-enterpirse projects, provide thirty blankets, ten typical medical prescriptions, and enough food to feed twenty-five adults for a week, and help seven adults with a month's rent. Here’s what your gifts will do through the International Aid Committee (CEI) of the Protestant Church in Rabat:
$300: Micro-Enterprise Projects - A refugee can be financially supported through the CEI of the EEAM (Protestant Church of Morocco). A micro-entreprise projects could include helping a refugee woman launch a hair/beauty salon among other refugee women, helping a migrant man start an eatery, or helping a refugee with material to use as a seamstress. These short-term solutions bring long-term hope to a people group desperate to make a living and a better life for their families.
$8: Food Basket in Rabat - Nourishes one adult for one week. Provides: 1 liter of cooking oil, 1 large container of sardines, 2 pounds of sugar, 5 pounds of rice
$20 to $35: Typical Medical Prescription
$20 to $40: Rent Aid for one Month - CEI Rabat does not normally pay the entire amount needed for Rent.