Snatching Life from the Jaws of Death in Ghana
February 22, 2018
At 35, Asana's life seemed to be over.
An enormous tumor in her jaw caused the impoverished woman in Ghana too much pain to do anything, and it had so disfigured her that other Muslims thought she had been cursed by Allah – so they shunned her.
A deserted single mother struggling to provide for her small children, Asana was befriended by a woman who for years had seen her suffering from a distance, a Christian worker with an indigenous ministry. The ministry connected her with the maxillofacial/dental unit of a hospital and arranged for partners, including Christian Aid Mission donors, to pay for a surgery that Asana otherwise never could have afforded.
While the surgery was an answer to prayer, indigenous missionaries continued praying for a way for Asana to integrate back into society.
While the surgery was an answer to prayer, indigenous missionaries continued praying for a way for Asana to integrate back into society. The ministry is adept at involving the poor in self-sustaining small businesses, and workers introduced Asana to one that suited her particularly well: soap-making.
"When I was sick, my Muslim friends and entire community didn't want me," Asana said.
"Christians showed me love, cared for me, and gave me a future of hope."
Ingredients for Life
The ingredients, mixing bowls and molds for making soap are cheap and easy to find at village markets, and the ministry provided her start-up funds to embark on her new venture. Indigenous missionaries trained her how to safely handle the caustic soda that must be precisely measured for soap to be effective – and not cause burns – and the particular ways and temperatures at which it and palm oil, beeswax, anti-bacterial agents and other ingredients must be stirred in before pouring into molds.
While learning to make soap, Asana had several discussions with the ministry workers about God, and she found the cleansing grace of Christ. While learning to market soap, she found community – and avenues for sharing her new-found faith.
"She is now a vibrant Christian sharing her faith with a lot of women," the ministry director said.
With her joy shining and her changed life a testimony in itself, Asana is abiding in the Vine in a way that brings spiritual fruit in her work and relationships. Women in the community are coming to Christ and worshipping with her at church. Her children not only have food from her soap profits but are also nourished with Bible verses as believers in Sunday school. And Asana is proud to be able to give to help support her church.
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