Ministries in Israel
Heather-Dawn Small, Associate Director for Women's Ministries at
the General Conference visited the country of Israel. There were
concerns regarding the wisdom of traveling into this country at
this time but after much prayer it was decided that the women of
Israel needed to be reassured that their desire to work in WM was
acknowledged and supported from the GC. (Special thanks to all those
who prayed for her safety on this journey.)
Anne-May Wollan, WM Director,
TED, Nina Usachev, WM Director, Israel Mission, Heather-Dawn
Small, Associate Director, GCWM.
went to Israel with Anne-May Wollan, WM director for TED from
May 23 - 26. Here they teamed up with the WM director for
the Israeli Mission, Nina Usachev. Together they met with
a group of women and pastors from various SDA church congregations
for leadership training at the Jerusalem Study Center.
at the sessions were women from the Russian, Romanian, Ghanaian,
Filipino, and English churches. Pastor Richard Elofer, president
for the Israeli SDA Mission was present and warmly welcomed
the ladies to Israel and allayed any fears that they might
have had concerning their trip.
are great in this part of the world. The women work six daysSunday
through Fridayand their only day to do any church related
work is on Sabbath, which is very packed with activities. But our
women are the only ones who can reach the women in the Jewish and
Muslim communities so their involvement in WM is very vital to the
outreach work in this mission.
Because of their
unique circumstances we brain-stormed on programs suitable for their
situation, such as Heart to Heart (mentoring)which they felt
was a wonderful idea and one they could implement. They particularly
liked the idea of mother/daughter retreats. No retreats have been
held in that field to date.
were held on "Why Do We Need WM?," "The Spiritual
Gift of Administration," "Building Effective Ministries,"
and "My Spiritual Gifts." Information was given
on the Discipling program, PALS, and support groups.
in Israel are excited about WM. They are committed and eager
to work for God in this new department. We crave your prayers
for our sisters in Israel, not only for their safety and that
of their families but for the ability to carry forth the gospel
in unique and trying circumstances.
As WM leaders
we sometimes find ourselves in need of motivation and encouragement.
We hope these quotes will inspire you as you strive to grow in leadership
is mobilizing others toward a goal shared by the leader
and followers." Garry Wills
is "The exercise of one's spiritual gifts under the
call of God to serve a certain group of people in achieving
the goals God has given them toward the end of glorifying
Christ." Leaders on Leading, George Barna, p.31
To be a leader
within God's church carries a requirement of being willing to be
and learning are indispensable to each other." John F. Kennedy
final test of a leader is that [s]he leaves behind in others the
conviction and the will to carry on." Walter Lippmann
is an energy born out of strong personal convictions which motivates
the leader and builds excitement in others. Such people often literally
breathe life into the organization." Organizational Culture
and Leadership Schein, 1996, p.61
leader whose personal values and aspirations are consistent, coherent,
and reflected in her daily behavior is credible and inspires trust-a
leader worth following into the uncertainties of change," The
Human Face of Reform: Meeting the Challenge of Change Through Authentic
Leadership, Evans, p.93
characteristics of good leadership these days tend to mirror the
attributes normally found in women - on average
behaviors and tactics which emphasize the shift toward collaborative
terms such as empowerment, open communication, trust."
Transformational Leadership, Parry, 1977
HIGHLIGHTS : Northern Asia-Pacific
Division (NSD) is made up of four countries: China, Japan, Korea
and Mongolia. Although NSD consists of only four countries, the
territory of this division is larger than any other division. There
are three unions, 10 conferences and missions and 1,764 churches
with a membership of 500,285.
There are WM
directors in all of the union, conferences and missions as well
as 6 Adventist Women's Associations in this field. At the church
level there are WM directors in 501 churches.
In 1997 the
Far Eastern Division was divided into two divisions: NSD and SSD.
Dr. Mary Wong was the first director of WM in NSD. Mary did a wonderful
job inspiring and motivating the women of this division and much
is owed to her early work. After she resigned in January 2002, Young-Ja
Nam of Korea was elected to take the position as WM director for
the division. She has take the role with much enthusiasm and zeal
and we know that with God's continued guidance she will continue
to lead the women of this division to do marvelous deeds for Him.
From 1998 to
2001, 143 WM congresses and retreats were held. There were 297 training
seminars, 49 evangelistic meetings, and 397 baptisms.
This year the
"Women Can Do" movement is going strong. Women in every
church are being encouraged to organize WM departments and evangelistic
groups by districts. The NEWSTART program has been held in all unions
because many people are struggling with modern diseases.
Plans for the
future include ordination of women elders, establishing at least
one Adventist Association Centre before 2005, and continued training
for women leaders, women evangelists, and NEWSTART experts for soul
winning. In 2003 the division WM plans to have their first WM congress.
for the work in NSD. They are faced with many challenges and difficulties.
But their spirit is strong and they are determined by God's grace
and strength to stay on the battlefield until He returns.
Just for You! Teens
and Women's Ministries
WM SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The GC WM scholarship
program has been in effect since 1993. To date, women in all our
world divisions have been recipients of this program. We are very
happy, that through your assistance, we have been able to help 629
young women in achieving their goals of higher education.
They are (left to right)
Anita Kesare Baburam, Premila Devi, Mrs Nimmy Syam, the principal
of the Nursing School at Surat Hospital, and Somiwon Hungyo.
for this program come from the profits that are made from
the WM devotional. It is very important to us and our young
women that you continue to purchase these devotionals, not
just for yourselves but for friends, co-workers, family members
January, of the 90 WM scholarships awarded to deserving young
women, 19 of them went to young women in the Southern Asia
Division. The following picture shows three of the young women
who received scholarship awards.
We wish these
and all 2002 recipients well and send our prayers to support them
in their studies and plans for the future.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR YOU:
- Who is
eligible for a scholarship? Any woman who is planning to attend
a Seventh-day Adventist college in the division in which she lives.
- How may
I apply? Contact your conference/mission WM director and ask
for a scholarship application which is to be filled out by you
and returned to your WM director in your division. The application
is also available on our web site at wm.gc.adventist.org.
- When are
these scholarships awarded? They are awarded twice yearly
in January and July. Therefore your application must be sent in
at least two months prior to our awarding them if you are to be
- How are
these scholarships distributed? The monies that come from
the profits of the WM daily devotional book are equally distributed
among the 12 divisions and one attached field of the General Conference.
Each division is given the same amount of money and may send in
as many applicants as they feel can best benefit from these awards.
- Do I receive
the money? No. The money is sent directly to the educational
institute you are attending/applying and will be credited to your
free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
with any other questions you may have.
time to mentor our young women is such an important part of
Women's Ministries. Our youth are crying out to us in various
ways concerning their needs. They have a
to be noticed
Need for encouragement
Need for love and nurturing
Need for guidance
Need to be involved in church
Need to be heard
you have ideas on how we can help our young women please send
them to us so that we can share them with other WM groups
around the world. Or if you have had successful Young WM Retreats
or other programs e-mail us at email@example.com.
idea I heard recently was a way to help our young women (and
men) who live on our school campuses. One WM group decided
to regularly collect personal items that they thought could
be used by the students. Items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes,
skin crème etc. are donated by the women and then taken
once every couple months to the deans on campus. The ladies
have been amazed to know how much their gifts have helped.
Many students are struggling to pay their school fees and
these items were of great help. What can your WM group do
to help our students on a campus close to you? Can you have
some of them over for lunch from time to time? Can you be
a mentor to some of the young women who are missing their
families and in need of a mother-figure?
is much we can do if we will.
Associate Director, GCWM