Rooted in the Church of the Brethren, GWP seeks to educate about wealth, power and oppression, encouraging one another to live more simply, being mindful of our luxuries, and join in empowerment with women around the world, sharing resources with women’s initiatives. Read more about GWP and our founding in 1978.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to take a moment to express my sincere sense of gratitude for the many ways you, our supporters, have contributed to Global Women’s Project over the past year. As the Treasurer of GWP, I am continually heartened and encouraged by your faithful financial gifts which support our Partner Projects around the world and which enable us to educate people about issues related to wealth and privilege and the impact of our choices on the lives of others. Thank you, thank you!
I also am grateful for the many, many people who have devoted their time and energy to GWP this year. I’d like to thank the staff at the Church of Brethren Offices in Elgin, IL, who have helped us manage our finances and correspondence (Jay Wittmeyer, Anna Emrick, Perry Hudkins and Pat Marsh); members of Common Spirit Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN, who did the folding, stuffing and mailing of our annual newsletter Globalinks; Nan Erbaugh from West Alexandria, OH, who adeptly managed our Mother’s Day Giving Project; all of the women who helped with the booth and 35th Anniversary Celebration of GWP in Charlotte, NC, at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference this summer (Leslie Seese, Ruthann Knechel Johansen and Fran Nyce); Rachel Gross from North Manchester, IN, who went above and beyond in hosting the Steering Committee for our fall meeting; Lois Grove from Council Bluffs, IA, who has faithfully written cards of thanks to contributors each week, and the list goes on. From IL to MN to OH to NC to IN to IA and beyond, you have enabled us to carry out the work of GWP. Thank you, thank you!
In a spirit of gratitude, I’d like to share this wonderful recipe for West African Peanut Soup (a great Moosewood recipe). Enjoy!
Kim Hill Smith
West African Peanut Soup
2 cups chopped onions
1 tablespoon peanut oil or 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh gingerroot
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups chopped sweet potatoes
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups tomato juice
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
1 cup chopped scallions
1. Saute the onions in oil until just translucent.
2. Stir in the cayenne and ginger.
3. Add the carrots and saute a couple more minutes.
4. Mix in the potatoes and stock.
5. Bring the soup to a boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
6. In a blender or food processor, puree the vegetables with the cooking liquid and the tomato juice.
7. Return the puree to the soup pot. Stir in the peanut butter until smooth.
8. Taste the soup. Its sweetness will depend on the sweetness of the carrots and sweet potatoes. If it is not naturally sweet, add just a little sugar to enhance the flavors.
9. Reheat the soup gently.
10. Add more water, stock or tomato juice for a thinner soup.
11. Serve topped with plenty of chopped scallions.
We don’t often get the chance to visit one of our partner projects, but last month, we did. And what a joy it was.
Our fall GWP Steering Committee meeting was held in North Manchester, IN, which meant we got to connect with plenty of Church of the Brethren people (at Manchester University, Manchester Church of the Brethren, and Eel River Community Church of the Brethren). In addition, we had the rare opportunity to connect with one of our partner projects: Growing Grounds in Wabash, IN. (We don’t often get to visit our partner projects because most of them are in other countries, making traveling to visit them an expensive prospect.)
Over lunch at the Wabash Church of the Brethren, we met with Kay and Jim Gaier, Carol and Dennis Horn, Wabash COB member Laurie Kieffaber, and three former inmates, who have been the beneficiaries of the work of Kay, Carol, and others at Growing Grounds. I was particularly moved by the stories that the former inmates, Veronica, April, and Jennifer, shared with us around the lunch table in the church fellowship hall. They took life skills classes taught by Growing Grounds, and they received loans, rides, and abundant emotional support, both before and after their release from jail. I am keenly aware of how amazing each of these women is – Veronica, April and Jennifer, for turning their lives around and accepting the helping hand that was offered to them, and Kay and Carol for the many selfless acts of love and service they have so freely given to the women. Wow. We, the GWP steering committee, feel so blessed to have been able to meet with them. We’ll be sharing a bit more about what we learned from that visit in our annual newsletter, which you can expect to receive in January.
Would you like to support Growing Grounds (and the other projects of GWP)? If so, I invite you to write a check to Global Women’s Project and mail it to:
Global Women’s Project
Church of the Brethren General Offices
1451 Dundee Ave
Elgin IL 60120
And keep in mind that Christmas is coming soon. Not everyone on your list will need or want a material gift. Some people are more than happy to know that a donation has been made in their name. Keep GWP in mind for those people. Thank you for your generosity!
Happy Fall from GWP!
GWP Steering Committee Member
We’re enjoying spending time with each other and doing the good work of Global Women’s Project here in North Manchester, IN. Many thanks for Rachel Gross for hosting us all weekend. Gratitude also to Bob Gross for sharing with us his fundraising wisdom this morning.
We’re very aware of our luxuries this weekend. One of them that we’re most grateful for is that we each have access to a laptop for this meeting, and that we have wi-fi internet available at KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop for our lunch and the continuation of our meeting this afternoon.
What luxuries in your life are you aware of and grateful for today?
True confessions: I do not read a regular daily devotion. But today I did. It was about Queen Esther and how she saved her people. What Global Women’s Project does is perhaps not as dramatic as how Esther saved her people, but what we do makes a difference – one woman at a time. Every organization that we support makes a difference to all the women they serve.
I recently visited women’s development organizations in India on a trip with six other women, so women’s empowerment is on my mind. I met a lot of women in India who are ostracized in one way or another – either from being a survivor of domestic violence, or being widowed or orphaned, or something else. If you’re inclined to pray, pray for women around the world right this moment. And pray for the governments, societies, and families who take part in their mistreatment.
I also just became an aunt for the first time – to a precious baby girl. I think to myself, “What will this world look like for my niece when she’s older?” Granted, she was born into a much more privileged place in the world, compared to so many women around the world or even in more impoverished communities in the U.S., but I still wonder what kind of progress we’ll make by the time she’s old enough to pay attention.
The GWP steering committee will be meeting later this month in North Manchester, Indiana. We’ll be taking part in worship services in the Manchester COB and Eel River Community COB on September 29, so if you’re in the area, please come by. We’d love to see you there!
This is a financially “dry” time of year, but this is just a reminder that we can always put your donations to good use. Thank you so much for the many ways you support our work. If you need a reminder of what our projects are, click here. And here’s the address to send a check to:
Please send donations to:
Global Women’s Project
Church of the Brethren
1451 Dundee Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
Be sure to put Global Women’s Project in the memo line. Thank you for who you are and how you make the world a better place each and every day.
GWP Steering Committee member
Surviving Korean “comfort women” have gathered every Wednesday since 1992 in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul as a reminder that they demand to be seen, heard, and offered a genuine apology.
In September we’ll gather in North Manchester, IN for our semi-annual in-person meeting! We look forward to worshiping with Manchester CoB (and teaching Sunday school) and Eel River Community Church. If you’re in the area on Sunday, September 29, please join us!
We’ll also meet with Growing Grounds, our partner project in Wabash, IN that supports women in the criminal justice system to strengthen themselves and their families.
And we’ll do a whole lot of business and reflecting together. Thanks for your support!