Training for Transformation

Creating a Work Plan for Local Women in Mozambique

Have you ever attended a United Methodist Women training, learned a lot and then had to figure out how to practically apply your newfound knowledge?

Creating a Work Plan for Local Women in Mozambique
Quitéria leading the morning devotion at the refresher training.

That is exactly what happened to Quitéria Muhota, who participated in the Training for Transformation conference, supported by United Methodist Women in Cape Town, South Africa in October 2019.

 

Ms. Muhota, 48, is a pastor, mother of three and executive secretary to the United Methodist Church in the South West Conference in Mozambique. A graduate of Africa University in Zimbabwe, she and her husband, who is also a pastor, reside in Maxixe, Inhambane. Her quest for knowledge led her to a second training in Maputo, Mozambique in February 2020. In her own words, Ms. Quitéria describes her journey to understanding the capacity and potential for transformation within her community.

 

Training Experience

 

After the Cape Town training, we felt empowered and on a mission. However, once back in our community, we quickly realized that we had all this knowledge and no idea on how to implement our plans. Numerous emails back and forth with our regional missionary and Country Team leader Dr. Catherine Akale revealed that we needed extra help.

 

When the possibility of a refresher training arose, we knew that this was our opportunity to re-do our work plans. We were not leaving without concrete steps regarding implementation. It seems the trainers were of the same mindset because, three days into the training, they announced that we would be conducting field visits and creating a two-day workshop.

 

Both activities were not easy, but now we had the necessary tools. We planned to approach and initiate conversations with strangers on streets and markets, a strategy for outreach. In addition, we spent hours putting together a two-day workshop plan; we executed the plan and received constructive feedback from our colleagues and trainers. By the last day, I knew that I was ready to plan and implement several activities; and that is exactly what I did with my president once we returned to Inhambane.

 

We met twice to revise our work plan which we submitted to Dr. Akale. Finally, we visited our first community in Massinga to conduct a needs assessment. We planned to meet weekly as a team before our country went into a state of emergency due to COVID-19. The United Methodist Women president Leonanda Uacela and I have a strong working relationship. We look forward to continuing our work once the COVID-19 crisis is over.

 

The guidance and patience of the regional missionaries and trainers was incredible. We are encouraged and equipped. The words thank you seem inadequate to describe our gratitude to the United Methodist Women in New York for empowering us to do our best work.

 

May the Lord continue to bless you.

Anglina Mbuolo is a journalist on the United Methodist Women Mozambique Country Team.

Posted or updated: 8/11/2020 12:00:00 AM

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