Cradling Abundance

One African Christian's Story of Empowering Women and Fighting Systemic Poverty

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Pub Date 27 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 26 Aug 2021

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Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Monique Misenga Ngoie Mukuna persevered through many challenges: political turmoil and violence, misogyny and patriarchy, lack of community resources and personal loss. As she carved out a life for herself, her family, and her community, she kept seeing the same story played out for women vulnerable and trapped in poverty. Every system was stacked against them. So "Maman" Monique committed to take action in every sphere she could: through education, the local and national church, and international cooperation. In 1999 she joined with other Christian women to start the nonprofit Femme, Berceau de l'Abondance—Woman, Cradle of Abundance. The very personal story of Maman Monique opens a unique window on the lives of women in Congo, across Africa, and throughout the Majority World. In Cradling Abundance she recounts her remarkable experiences as a gifted student and teacher, successful businesswoman, local and denominational church leader, visionary social activist, and matriarch for her extended family. With stories of other African women woven in, this narrative presents a panoramic view of Christian women at work at every level of the church and community. We see the resistance they face even within their own congregations and families, as well as how their faith leads them to oppose injustice, discrimination, and suffering. Professor Elsie McKee introduces the autobiography of her friend Maman Monique (translating it from conversations in French and Tshiluba), then provides helpful historical background and textual notes throughout, along with a study guide to additional cultural information. For anyone interested in how lay women lead in Christian ministries, what it takes to start a pioneering nonprofit, or how empowering women is critical to the health of communities, Cradling Abundance is a unique and gripping resource.

Growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Monique Misenga Ngoie Mukuna persevered through many challenges: political turmoil and violence, misogyny and patriarchy, lack of community resources...


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Cradling Abundance is the story of the life of Maman Monique, a courageous woman who loves God and loves those around her. To be a woman in some cultures can be challenging, and this is something that for other cultures would be hard to understand. In this book Maman Monique offers us an deep understanding of the culture and political background in her country. It is amazing to see how one woman who was loved and encouraged by her father can bring changes in a culture where the value of woman is many times nothing. Maman Monique and her team keep empowering woman in Africa, teaching them the love of God and the worth they have in Gods eyes and giving them the resource to be able to work and support themself. It's a good book to reflect and think about what we can do with what God has given us.

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