More than 2,000 years ago after his resurrection and just before his departure to heaven, the message of Jesus to his disciples was clear “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Mark 3:15.
Since then, Jesus followers have complied faithfully with their call despite fearsome opposition, threats, mocking, loss of earthly possessions and may be their own lives.
In some parts of the world, even on modern days, the threat is so real that mentioning the name of a faithful servant or the place where they serve will be enough to endanger their lives and of their family and friends. No matter what, they continue to shine Jesus light with such force that is impossible to not notice and be impacted by it.
Damaris is a living example of these faithful servants of Jesus! On her recommendation letter Dr. Oscar Osindo, Adjunct Professor of Missions at Adventist University of Africa in Kenya wrote:
“Student Damaris is from the least reached people groups of Kenya. It is rare to get a lady of her caliber and family background into SDA church and into ministry. Let the Review Committee support her all the way through masters and to doctoral. Her local Conference just like most Africa and may SDA church locally be rather patriarchal and there is hardly support for women in ministry education. Damaris is not pursuing a higher degree in mission to be something, but she is already an active church planter and witness among the people of South Coast of Kenya. She proved her calling and commitment to God’s mission.”
What an uplifting, inspired recommendation for scholarship! The letter also describes her as “a mentor to her fellow students in various aspects of their lives. Humanitarian support to local communities, gospel music composition and singing. Currently Damaris serves as an associate pastor and frontline evangelist. Resilient, visionary intelligent, a people person, and top student” Glory be to God!
You can be part of helping a woman heed God’s calling and thereby spread His Word and tell the world about His love.
Through your generous donation to TEAM scholarship, women like Damaris all over the world would be able to answer to Jesus’ call and commandment to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”