She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
-Proverbs 31:25-29 (NIV)-
Sports Outreach began by reaching out to marginalized communities through sports ministry. Over the years, we met many young women and got to know them personally. We heard their stories and soon realized the challenges they face and the importance of their leadership roles within their small communities. We’ve decided to STEP OFF of the playing field and into the lives of those who desire direction, guidance, and encouragement to fill the roles they are tasked with performing.
We seek to empower women to be all that God created them to be. By coming beside them to encourage and empower through mentorship, discipleship, education, and vocational training with the goal of stopping harmful cultural practices and giving them a safe place to grow and learn how much God loves them and has a plan for their life.
In 2012, Freedom 4/24 partnered with Sports Outreach Institute to build a restoration home named after Freedom 4/24’s founder, Christine Gelatt, who was just 19 years old when she founded Freedom 4/24. Christine’s House is a place of hope and restoration where victims and survivors of sexual exploitation can learn to breathe again. Since its completion, Freedom 4/24 has funded the operating costs of Christine’s House while Sports Outreach provides the staff to mentor, encourage, and empower the young women who live there. From 2014 to 2018, 36 babies were born at Christine’s House and 90 girls graduated from our vocational training school. In April 2019, 12 new girls began care at Christine’s house.
We believe prevention is an important component of our women’s empowerment ministry. The Victory Teens developed as a prevention initiative to minister to pre-teens and teenagers through worship and music. The vision is to help them develop and deepen their relationships with God as a step to prevent them from following a path that could one day lead them to need to live at Christine’s House.
The Tushauriane initiative is a compassion care group for HIV positive women. Our ministry leaders wrap their arms around these ladies and share the compassion of Christ through a weekly bible study and while teaching crafts for economic empowerment: beaded jewelry and bags, knitting and sewing. These women have developed unique bonds with each other and deepened their relationships creating a safe and encouraging environment. This is so critical because often women with HIV are seen as less important and carry much shame.
Girls of Destiny
The Girls of Destiny prevention program is a bible study for teenage girls with the purpose of sharing the gospel, and teach vocational and computer skills, all while providing a safe place for them to blossom and learn. This program like the Victory Teens program in Uganda is determined to empower teenage girls to grow into Christ-like women. It is through this mentorship, encouragement, and empowerment these girls will be able to find God’s plan for their individual lives.
Life Transformed: Martha’s Story
17-year-old Martha Masungo used to just sit at home taking care of her sister’s daughter. One day, Grace a women from Sports Outreach’s Tushauriane program asked Martha to come to the Girls of Destiny training. She was eager to go because she had always wanted to help her family out economically and knew the program would teach her valuable skills. Girls of Destiny has given Martha focus and prevented the idleness that sometimes leads to pregnancy. Seeing her siblings burdened with children out of wedlock has given her motivation to seek another lifestyle, one that with God’s help will bring stability to her family and glory to Him!
This bible study is for women of all ages and meets weekly for prayer and fellowship. During each session, the women will participate in craft workshops of various kinds.
Support the Women’s Empowerment Initiative
(1) Support the girls through vocational training. For $250 you can support a girl by purchasing a new sewing machine and start-up materials. To donate a sewing machine follow the link below and write Women’s Empowerment Sewing Machine in the comment box.
(2) Donate to the Women’s Empowerment Initiative
(3) Pray for the girls, Sports Outreach staff, supporters, and partners.