Tatenda was only in seventh grade when she had to drop out of school. Her Christian family in the Gokwe District of Zimbabwe was poor, and with six kids, they simply couldn't pay for school fees any longer. Despite her young age, she went looking for a job, eventually working as a housemaid for five years. Later, when she married, Tatenda's husband encouraged her to finish school. Today, at 27 years old, she is proud to say she completed school and is able to help to provide for her husband and three kids.
Recently, when she was at church, the pastor introduced Project Philip Bible studies and encouraged everyone to attend. Tatenda and her family decided to join a group. Though she grew up in a Christian family, she has learned a lot about the Word of God in the Bible study.
"Now, I read and will continue to read and discover how other people in the Bible tackled different situations. I have been uplifted in my spirit."
"I was impressed by the Bible study," she says. "This was my first time to attend any Bible study lessons." She loves having the opportunity to study the Bible with her family, and it is helping not only her to know more about God's Word, but her children as well.
Since women at her church are not allowed to preach, "I felt there was no need for me to bother reading it myself," she explains. But through Project Philip Bible studies, she learned the basic principles of how to read the Bible. She says smiling, "This is very liberating. Now, I read and will continue to read and discover how other people in the Bible tackled different situations. I have been uplifted in my spirit."
Tatenda wants to spread the Word of God to different people, especially women like her who have never had the opportunity to study it. "Thank you for giving us the opportunity to study the Word of God. There are many women like me who will feel liberated by God's Word."