Have “A Taste of Africa” at a weekend fundraiser for The Widow’s Peek ministry.
The event, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, will feature a variety of African foods, such as benne cookies from Nigeria, Moroccan meatballs and Zambian samosas. There will also be face painting and games for children, as well as a short dramatic production.
The goal is to raise awareness about what’s happening to widows in Africa and generate community support, said Gail Peterson, who founded the ministry in 2011 with her husband, Mike..
“When a woman becomes a widow in Africa, she suffers so much,” Peterson said. “She loses everything, from her property to her identity and sometimes even her children. Within three years of creating the ministry, we noticed the problems that widows in Africa face.”
The Widow’s Peek is a ministry devoted to widows in the area and widows in Africa. Peterson hopes to raise enough money to travel to Africa to help develop local ministries for widowed women.
“The money that we raise from the event will pay for travel expenses,” she said. “We will also hold workshops in Africa to help widows learn how to sew so they can support themselves.”
Peterson said the idea for “A Taste of Africa” came to her after she had four to five people talk to her about theater in the span of two weeks.
“I believe that God speaks through people around me,” she said. “So after that I started praying about it, and I really wanted to have an event that would allow these people to showcase their passion for theater.”