Last minute road trips, delayed vacations, August is sliding by. Signs abound that fall peeks around the corner; teetering stacks of school supplies; pumpkins appearing in shop windows and sweaters promoted in sweltering heat. Summer is almost gone. Another season breaks upon us. Daily life moves on with the expected rhythm of changing seasons.
Through our years of talking with women about ministry, we have observed a frustration from some—working with men who don’t understand or value them. Consider with us the question, “Can men and women really be friends,” and if so, “What would that relationship look like?”
"A group of children had gathered outside, wanting a peek at the wazungu (white people). And as we left the home, a local pastor who had joined us on the trip led the children, who clearly adored him, in a round of a hymn.
She seemed distant from the very start of their small staff community group. Even her leader tried to draw her out and make connection, inviting her to meet for coffee or lunch or shopping? She was the one who acted disinterested when the group wanted to set a date for a dinner together. Her ministry job required a lot of time. At one point she even said she really didn’t need the group. She had her own friends.
North Americans seem obsessed with new stuff. I used to love International Coffee's Cafe Vienna, until they "updated" the flavor. So I switched the "French Vanilla." But they did the same thing with that! Somehow we seem to think that "new and improved" is always better. If you don't believe me, walk down the aisle in your grocery store and count the number of times you see "new!" written in bold on the front of a product.
Tapestry began as women came together to discuss sharing ministry ideas and resources on the Internet, particularly through bible.org. We came to realize that it would be profitable to discuss these issues with women serving God in various ministries throughout the world.