LORRAINE, JOS AND I
Providence brought Lorraine Foute and I together in November 2015 while the Celebrate Recovery leadership team from church and I were in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria running a Celebrate Recovery training at her husband’s invitation.There are no chance meetings with God. No coincidences. This was one of the appointments God had entered in His diary, (Psalm 139 :16) as a special day. We had time enough for me to agree to return to Jos in 2016 to meet with this wonderful woman of God who had served tirelessly with her husband as missionaries for the past twenty five years in Kaduna and Jos. Speaking fluent Hausa, with a big heart, a twinkle in her eyes and possessing tons of wisdom Lorraine made an indelible mark on my heart.
Fast forward to April 2016 and I find myself in a women’s retreat in the Niger Creek Retreat Center, Jos, organized by Lorraine. The theme of the retreat was “Vessels Unto Honour”, from 2 Tim 2:20 &21 – “in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
Lorraine’s style as a facilitator is highly interactive. She did not hesitate to share with me a lot of insights from her more than thirty years of ministry. One of my greatest lessons though was from the presence of the other vessels sitting around the room. They included female missionaries from Congo, Nigeria, Denmark, the United States, Canada, Egypt, and New Zealand. I also met for the second time, Donna and Chery Pridham, two sisters who have been serving as missionaries at the Ecwa Widows’ Training SchooL, Sanaru-Kataf, Zango, L.G.A., Kaduna State for over twenty years. All the missionaries had platforms that were as diverse as their nationalities – from working with orphans, widows, translating the Bible into local dialects and so on. Some were MKs, (missionary kids ) who had returned to the mission fields that their parents had once served
I saw selfless service in these female missionaries. Ignoring personal needs they were sold out to the gospel and the communities in which they served. As Designer women, we need to take a cue here. God has deposited so much in us and the needs around us are enormous. We all have our own ‘mission fields.’ We all have our own constituencies. Let us prepare ourselves to be vessels of honour so we can make a difference. Our mission field could be that teenager on our street who needs mentoring, or even that woman wecome across in the market who needs some lessons on hygiene. We don’t have to travel thousands of miles from home, ( we are not all called like that) but there’s a need right next to us that needs our attention.