It’s the end of 2018, and we are excited about new things to come in 2019! Mama Africana continues to thrive even through transitions of mentors, new interns, and many girls graduating. 2018 has been a year full of change, but in the midst, God continues to “wow” us with how He allows us to develop a bond with our girls to walk with them through many hard situations of adolescence. Each Friday I get to spend time with our lineage girls who are our high school aged girls. They come faithfully with experiences of school challenges and stories of hard conversations from the week with parents and peers. Lately, I have had a few discussions that have impressed on me the amount of stress that many of our girls face daily. I have had conversations with our mentees having overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and frustration. Many face the intensity of these feelings due to discord with family and frustrations in accepting who they are and how they want to be seen in the world today. I enjoy the honesty and vulnerability of our gatherings and the way we are able to provide them with a sense of hope because of Jesus. Many of the girls have left our weekly gatherings with a different perspective and feeling comforted in the fact that they are not alone in the challenges they have been facing.