Thirty-two young women were honored at the 5th Annual Sisters For Christ Awards and Recognition Banquet in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA, April 22, 2007. Awards were given for community service, leadership, commitment, personal development, and academics. Guest speakers were Pastor James L. Black Sr. and Pastor James L. Black Jr. Sisters For Christ is a multi-cultural, Christ-centered organization established for young ladies ages ten to eighteen. For more information, please visit http://sistersforchrist.org.
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Women from 8 churches in the North East Andhra Region joined together for a one-day convention on April 16th, 2007. Kamala Jesudas, the Region WM director organized the program.
Hepzibah Kore, SUD WM director, delivered a message on reflecting the characteristics of Jesus Christ in daily life. She also presented a message on repentance for the baptismal candidates. Vinodhini John, from the East Central India Union, gave a message on the importance of prayer in family lives. The powerful messages inspired the believers who attended the convention. By the end of the program 56 people took their stand for Christ and were baptized.
Information from Kamala Jesudas, WM director North East Andhra Region.
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The Malawi Union Women’s Ministries facilitated Leadership Certification Level 1 courses to 283 women during a workshop organized by South Malawi Field at Malamulo Secondary School, April 22-29, 2007.
Topics included: Visioning and Goal Setting, Organizing Retreats and Congresses, Basic Writing Skills, and Communication and Conflict Management. In addition sewing, cooking, and family life were taught to the women.
The official closing of the workshop was given by Christobel Chakwana, deputy director for Women Affairs in the Ministry of Women and Child Development. Chakwana was impressed with the patch work done by the women. The work depicted roles women play in Malawian Society.
Picture: Christobel Chakwana, deputy director for Women Affairs viewing various items made by the ladies.
—by Margaret Masamba, Malawi Union Women’s Ministries director, Southern Africa-Indian Ocean DivisionBack to the top
The visit of Doctor Ella Simmons (GC Vice President) and Mrs. Heather-Dawn Small (GC WM director) was a wonderful boost of encouragement to hundreds of women throughout the South Pacific Division during the month of August. These two women of spirit visited the very red center of Australia – Ayers Rock, where the first Adventist Indigenous women’s conference was held on August 8-11, 2007. Here they met aboriginal women and heard of their concerns and joys. Small and Joy Butler (WM director, SPD) visited Adelaide, South Australia where a revival in Women’s Ministries took place with over 200 women together with their newly-elected leader, Wendy la Drue Smith.
In Melbourne the division WM Advisory meetings were held and every leader went home inspired and encouraged with new materials, ideas and renewed passion to TOUCH A HEART and TELL THE WORLD.
New Zealand was the next stop and the three leaders shared the vision for women to reach out for Christ and to never lose their joy. Doctor Simmons and Small proceeded on to Samoa and Tahiti islands where they were warmed by the weather and the wonderful colorful hospitality of the sisters in both island nations. This visit will long be remembered and SPD is grateful for such fine women leaders who give us direction and hope for the future of the Adventist church.
—by Joy Butler, SPD Women’s Ministries director
Churches throughout South America are actively involved in the Breaking the Silence campaign, an initiative of the Women’s Ministries (WM) Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that aims at combating domestic violence.
On August 25, the scheduled date for the Abuse Prevention Emphasis Sabbath, a live program on this topic was held on the TV program, “New Time.” Participating in this program was the WM leader for the South American Division,
Wiliane Marroni, as well as other participants; these included a psychologist, Tércia Barbalho; a police chief, Maria Raquel Coreggio; the editor of the children’s magazine Nosso Amiguinho (“Our Little Friend”), Sueli de Oliveira; the musical director of the Brazil Publishing House, José Newton; and Sirlei Cândida, who presented a personal experience on this topic.Back to the top
The Women's Ministries Department of Southern Asia Division is presently running 210 Adult Literacy Centers in West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. This project aims at the wholistic empowerment of the women and their families. Their eyes are opened to see the WORD and the WORLD.
The women joyfully remark, "You have opened our eyes to see the World. We read the name board on the buses; travel on our own; sign our names in the bank vouchers, transact business, read headlines on the newspaper and on TV screen. We cannot be cheated anymore."
Healthy living is one of the major concentrations of the project. It had been the desire of the WM department to make a Flip Chart on HIV/AIDS" Truth and Consequences" to bring about an awareness among the women who attend the Adult Literacy program and those in the community. ADRA India came to the aid, providing a major share of the expenses along with Hope for Humanity and Tsunami Rehabilitation Funds.
In October 2007, nearly 80 women including Women's Ministries directors, the facilitators and the supervisors were trained to use the Flip Charts in Andhra and Tamil Nadu. It was a wonderful learning experience for all the attendees. Their eyes were opened to see the truth and the consequences of this menace. These leaders will use the flip charts in their respective villages to bring awareness.
Similar training will be conducted in other places. Our sincere gratitude to our donors for making our dream come true.
—by Hepzibah Kore, Women's Ministries director, Southern Asia Division of SDABack to the top
November 14-17 were memorable days in the life of Seventh-day Adventist Women of South West India Union. A wonderful convention was led out by honorable leaders from the General Conference and the Southern Asia Division: Heather Dawn Small, GCWM director; Raquel Arrais, GCWM associate director; and Hepzibah Kore, SUD WM director.
Friday Evening during vespers, Arrais gave a heart touching message about the Holy Spirit. During the closing, the ladies held lighted candles and submitted their lives for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
A program was presented for Sabbath School by different ladies. Revival song service, melodious special songs, feature talks, and a panel discussion were the highlights of the Sabbath School program. All of them who gathered were spiritually blessed. During the divine service Small gave an inspiring message to the1,580 people.
The afternoon program was the most beautiful part of the session. When the call came 132 people from South Kerala itself were ready for Baptism. Pastors gave baptisms four at a time in the big pond arranged for this special meeting. Bibles were given as gift for all the baptismal candidates.
During the congress, Small, Arrais, and Kore visited self-employment projects such as detergent making, candle making, goat farms, and tailoring projects. All the ladies are waiting for the next Congress. We thank our Lord Almighty!
—by Annamma Jacob, Women's Ministries, South KeralaBack to the top