Welcome, as you read, listen to your heart, let the Spirit lead you:
"Will you go with me?"
My name is Cathy Dickson, aka mamaCD, currently I teach future counselors in the Community Services Worker Program at National Academy of Health and Business in Hamilton Ontario.
I am preparing to head out to Malawi to help with a Sexual Violence crisis in that country.
-1 in 5 girls has suffered sexual violence
-1 in 7 boys under 18 has been sexually abused.
-66 of all children in Malawi have been abused either sexually, physically, or emotionally.
My mission will be to recruit, train and support Lay Trauma Counselors who will counsel in the One Stop Centres attached to hospitals throughout the country. Currently One Stop Centres are located in Balantyre, Mzuzu, Zomba and soon to open in Lilongwe. When a woman or child arrives at one of these centres they will receive the necessary medical care, the beginning of a police investigation, the psycho-social and spiritual needs all of which are essential to prevent the negative, and sometimes very destructive effects of sexual violence.
I have previous ministry experience and have lived in Botswana, travelled in missions in South Africa, Kenya and Botswana over the past 10 years on a number of occasions.
I began my journey in missions at an altar call at People's Church Hamilton, Ontario over 30 years ago when a Pastor asked for those who are called to go to the nations and those who will co-labor by funding the work of missions to step forward to the altar and proclaim that before the Lord. I stepped forward and am still moving forward. The song we sang that day was, “Here Am I Send Me to the Nations” [©1987 Bob Kilpatrick]
Here am I,
Send me to the nations,
As an ambassador for You,
As an ambassador for You
Here am I.
Ask of Me,
And I will give the nations,
As an inheritance for you
As an inheritance for you
Ask of me.
(Isaiah 6:8; Psalm 2:8)
Not long after that altar call, I founded and directed a mission, “Ark of Blessing” on Six Nations Indian Reserve.
When I arrive in Malawi, I will be working with the Fountain of Life (FOL) as a Support Services Coordinator. FOL is a vital, caring ministry of PAOC in Africa Directed by Steven Bowler. It reaches out to victims of sexual violence and equips churches and leaders to respond to these unique challenges.
In addition to recruiting and equipping Lay Trauma counselors I will be connecting with various churches and leaders to promote greater awareness and enhance the support services for victims of rape, sexual assault and gender based violence thereby improving the quality of lives for Malawians. As needs arise I may also provide some similar work for Kathy Bowler’s team at the Children of Blessing Trust.
I'm asking you to:
-Pray for the women and children of Malawi who are suffering from sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape that God will bring healing to them so that they can experience hope and joy for their future
-For me as I spend this year preparing for my time in Malawi.
-That the Lord would prepare my heart for the work that He wants me to do so
-For financial provision
Thank-you so much for your caring heart to read and respond to this pressing need.
May God truly bless you!
Please consider partnering with me monthly, $40/ $85 / other $_____:
One time gifts towards a vehicle to travel into remote villages also can be made.