Old women can teach the younger women.

Titus 2:4 “Then they, older women, can teach the younger women to love their husbands and children.”

From the time a little girl can walk she is taught to carry a bowl, piece of wood, or filled sack on her head. Sometime later she ties a bundle to her back, and pretends it is a baby which she carries around with her in the African village.

By the time her next sibling arrives she is toting ten-pound loads and able to carry her little brother or sister on her back. Before she is ten years old, she has learned to clean the house and wash all the clothes by hand.

A mother, grandmother, aunts or other female relatives teach their little girls every day how to do things. Taking care of a house, shopping, cooking, and caring for children are daily chores that females are taught.

Without computers in African bush homes, girls can’t google how to cook bean cakes. There’s no internet to find out how to make charcoal.  There are no books to learn how to weave thatch for a mud house.  All these lessons are learned by mouth from mother to daughter during their times together. These interactions strengthen the family ties.

The Bible tells older women to teach younger women how to love their husbands and children. In Africa, it’s natural and part of the life styles to learn from the older women who are already teaching lessons on marriage, children, family, and maintaining a home.

Teaching can be fun. I enjoyed my classes with the girls as I taught them how to read, sew on a button, and make soybean milk.

Let’s look for opportunities to train young people around you. Teach them how to bake a cake, change the oil in the car, clean a house, serve others, witness, and love God. 



About celestecharlene

I served as a medical missionary in West Africa for thirty years treating the sick and establishing health clinics in rural neglected areas.
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