TABITHA & FOLLOW ME
The Tabitha Center traces back to Claudine Selenga, a woman who saw the cycle of poverty and unemployment in Kinshasa pushing parents toward abortion and infanticide, while also forcing many young women into prostitution. At first, Claudine started Bible studies in her home which grew into teaching many women useful skills, like sewing, cosmetology, and cooking. In 2013, the ministry officially became the Tabitha Center with Claudine as Director and her husband, Pastor Selenga as Advisor. What started with 12 girls has since multiplied into many centers that equip thousands, providing both skills and jobs to lift women out of poverty. Watch this video to learn more about how EFCA's Globalfingerprints ministry got involved to help support the Tabitha Centers and how sponsorship makes a difference in these women's lives. For a decade, Constance has helped support the Tabitha Centers. This year, we hope to provide machines and tools for each graduate of Tabitha.
With the success of Tabitha Centers, Claudine's husband, Pastor Selenga, started an option for teen boys called FollowMe. Thanks to your generosity last year, an additional FollowMe Center was added in the City of Kinshasa, bringing their current total up to 30. This year, we hope to provide tools for the graduates of the FollowMe Centers.
Now, a disability ministry has also been developed between ReachGlobal, Pastor Selenga, and Center Koli – a Christian school in the city of Kinshasa made up of students with educational and physical disabilities. Center Koli hopes to equip local churches to better serve people with disabilities as they live out Matthew 28:19 as an inclusive command to make disciples of all nations. Along with another disability ministry known as the Promise House & School, Constance has a goal of supporting these growing disability ministries by sending support teams as well as funding needed equipment for participants such as wheelchairs.