Forgetting the Past
By Emmanuel Akorli, Director of Mission Resource Ghana*
Philippians 3:13-14 – “Brothers and sisters … one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Janet Adiabo is a member of the Akplale Christian Church and lives in Kwaa, a few kilometres away. Janet trades in all kinds of goods such as cassava dough, corn dough, rice, maize, tomato, milk, and drinks. She has been in this business for 18 years but started on a very small level.
A few years ago, her access to Mission Resource loans helped her improved on her volume and variety of merchandise. Janet indicated that she was earlier taking a loan from another organization and had to pay weekly. She found this did not help her because it created too much pressure.
Janet shared that she could not have survived without Mission Resource loans after going through a devastating divorce. After years of misunderstanding between them regarding raising the children, her husband packed all of her things and drove her out of their house.
Janet struggled for accommodation for some time. Now, because of a Mission Resource loan, she has been able to build some 3 rooms and a store where she trades and lives with her 7 children.
Janet is completely responsible for them and their education. The oldest of her children is now in the university, the second one in senior high school, and the rest in lower grades.
She notes that now, as a result of the Mission Resource loan, she can go to the market and buy with her own cash instead of buying on credit.
Janet sounds happy and her tone and laughter shows she is indeed a happy woman and not worried again by the divorce.
This is a way that Mission Resource has helped Janet to forget about her past and work for the calling of Jesus. We praise God for her.
We cannot be grateful enough to God and to all those of you who are enabling us to help people focus on their callings instead of looking on their failures.
*Edited for clarity