Reflections posted below are from the 2013 KBF/Morocco Partnership Experience "Caravan For Women".
Information About The Trip - Josh Speight
Since 2006, KBF and the Eglise Evangelique au Maroc (The Protestant Church in Morocco or EEAM) have enjoyed a unique and wonderful partnership. In joining with the EEAM, the KBF has the advantage of being united with a whole church (with nine parishes in Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Oujda, Fez, Meknes, Kenitra, Marrakesh, and Agadir) committed to long-term ministry in its Moroccan context. Additionally, by uniting with the EEAM, KBF joins a truly international team. The EEAM congregations are primarily composed of sub-Saharan Africans from more than 15 countries. The congregations also include Europeans, North Americans, South Americans, and Asians.
Every October, KBF organizes a partnership experience to enhance our relationships. This year our trip was titled “Caravan for Women” and I had the privilege of journeying with 12 women from 5 KBF congregations on this Caravan. We visited 6 congregations, 10 cities, and numerous sites. At each congregation our KBF group was hosted by the women’s group of the church for a meal and a shared Bible study about a woman in scripture. The Bible studies were about women like Miriam, Martha, and Ruth gave space for conversation about similarities for these women despite geographical and national differences. At each congregation, we learned about the specific strengths and challenges faced by the leadership and heard ways of providing support.
As a way of carrying the conversation from one city to the next - and to caravan together - two women from the EEAM church from which we were leaving traveled with us on our bus to the next city and joined the conversation. This allowed continuity and introduced more of the EEAM women to one another. The goal of this trip was two-fold 1) to establish a bond between the Kentucky Baptist Women in Ministry and the fledgling women’s group of the EEAM and 2) to aid the EEAM as they support a national women’s group in each of their congregations. Both of these goals were accomplished and are ongoing.
The partnership trip to Morocco this October was a remarkable trip for many reasons:
-It enhanced the bond between EEAM and KBF
-It created a network among women in ministry on a global scale
-It gave a face to the issue of migration for our group - a dilemma that more than 30,000 men, women and children face in Morocco daily
-It networked 12 women from 5 KBF congregations
-It renewed my commitment to our partnership.
Thank you to those who participated in this year’s trip, to the nine KBF congregations who provide continual support to the EEAM, and to all of you who pray and engage with our brothers and sisters in Morocco.