Reach the World: Issues Impacting Children, Women, and Families

2017 international leadership conference in Budapest

Budapest Congress Center at night

Budapest, Hungary is the location for the international leadership conference, May 10-13, 2017, held primarily for leaders around the world in ministries for children, women, and families.

"The objective of this conference," says Dr. Willie Oliver, General Conference Family Ministries director, "is to galvanize the energies and ministry imagination of our colleagues around the world from Children's Ministries, Women's Ministries, and Family Ministries to get behind the [Adventist Church's] quinquennial strategic plan of Reach the World."

Modern auditorium in Budapest Congress Center

The venue is the Budapest Congress Center and the hotel is Novotel Budapest City. Speakers include George Barna, Mark Finley, Kiti Freier, Raafat Kamal, Geoffrey Mbwana, and Ella S. Simmons.

In addition to the plenary sessions, each of the three GC departments will host separate tracks for their own leadership training.

For more information and to register, Read more

GC Family Ministries created a Facebook page for posting news about the event. Keep current and connected at


WM Division Advisories

Women's Ministries (WM) leaders from the union level are attending division departmental advisories held in 2016 by division WM directors with Heather-Dawn Small, GCWM director, and Raquel Arrais, GCWM associate director.

East-Central Africa Division Advisory

Euro-Asia Division Advisory

Inter-American Division Advisory

East-Central Africa Division (ECD), Debbie Maloba and Arrais

Euro-Asia Division (ESD), Raisa Ostrovskaya and Arrais

Inter-American Division (IAD), Dinorah Rivera and Arrais

Inter-European Division Advisory

Inter-European Division (EUD), Denise Hochstrasser and Small

North American Division (NAD), Carla Baker and Small

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID), Caroline Chola and Small

South American Division (SAD), Marli Peyerl and Small

Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD), Helen Gulfan and Small

Trans-European Division (TED), Clair Sanches-Schutte and Arrais

West-Central Africa Division (WAD), Omobonike Sessou and Small

Division WM advisories for Northern Asia-Pacific Division, South Pacific Division, and Southern Asia Division will occur later.

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Women's Ministries Around the World


Czech Republic

[Czech Republic] Women are inspired to be strong and courageous with two "Old Virtues for a Modern Age." Read more


[Bulgaria] Women choose eternal destiny as "Today's Decision" at the third annual WM conference. Read more


[Bolivia and Chile] Satellite uplink in Chile allows 26,000 women to attend a union congress broadcast from Santa Cruz. In the Bolivian and Chilean Unions, 2,000 women attend congresses in person within nine days. Read more


[India]  Women's Ministries congresses nurture and inspire women in three regions. One congress hosted bazaar to raise money for evangelism and charitable projects. Read more

Nurture Resources

Coming Soon! The Best You Can Be, a 12-lesson study series for personal growth in women.

Take a sneak peak! Introduction, Lessons 1, 3, and 12. Download here





[Russia] Young girls are making decisions for baptism and becoming church members after attending camps that enhance their teen development. Read more

French Polynesia

[French Polynesia] Teens attend a Sabbath program that helps them know they are "Precious." Read more


[Lesotho] Young women and girls choose Jesus as their Friend during a Sisters for Christ retreat. Read more


[Botswana] Six hundred mothers and daughters build better relationships and bond together during "Mother and Daughter" conference. Read more

Empower Resources

Coming soon! A new resource for young girls and teens, My Sister, My Friend

Currently available! A series of four programs for young girls and teenagers, Real Me | Real Beauty | Real Friends | Real Love. Each program includes participant journals and leader's guide with CD and is available for purchase from AdventSource.




[Italy] Women launch an outreach program in Rome and share handmade gifts with guests. Read more


[Slovenia] Women set a goal for guest attendance at a particular conference:  Each one will invite one who is not a believer – so that every guest's special friend is leading her to Jesus. Read more


[Cyprus] An open-air vocal concert and dramatic presentations with picnic sponsored by Women's Ministries in a park attracts new visitors to church the next Sabbath.  Read more

[India] Women's Ministries Special Projects funding and planned activities provide a new home for a needy family, for special Sabbath outfits for orphans, and for literacy training for women.

enditnow News

Breaking the Silence receives recognition from Republic of Panama


[Panama] The Seventh-day Adventist Church receives national recognition from the Secretary of Defense of the Republic of Panama for abuse awareness programs, Breaking the Silence, and Woman, Know Your Rights. Read more


Louise-Schroeder Medal 2016 awarded to Waldfriede Hospital in Germany


[Germany] The President of the House of Representatives of Berlin presents the prestigious award to the whole interdisciplinary team for their work helping victims of Female Genital Mutilation. Read more


enditnow® awareness is fostered in Finland

[Finland] A national meeting for Women's Ministries enditnow Emphasis Day was held with great success last year using the 2015 enditnow Emphasis Day resource packet, "Love at Home" by Dr. Julian Melgosa. Read more

Dates to Remember

September 8 - Literacy International Day

Literacy International Day was proclaimed a worldwide event by UNESCO in 1965. ILLITERACY is one of the Six Challenge Issues chosen by Women's Ministries: Every woman should have access to the basic life skills of reading and writing. Download new WM brochure for Illiteracy

2016 Literacy International Day | 50th anniversary of Literacy International Day

A Courageous Woman

Fear holds us back.

Courage is an act of the will to take a risk regardless of our fear. Every successful woman has been willing to risk failure that she might gain success.

Discover four ways to develop courage from The Best You Can Be, an upcoming 12-lesson study series for personal growth in women. Read more, Lesson 12: A Courageous Woman

Also available: Introduction | Lesson 1: A Successful Woman | Lesson 3: A Spiritual Woman 


One of Six Challenge Issues for Women's Ministries

Every woman should have access to the basic life skills of reading and writing.

The ability to read and write is vital, bringing access to a world of knowledge and information crucial to escape the cycle of poverty.

About illiteracy, Read more | Begin a literacy program, Read more

Women's Devotional

2016 Living His Love, Download 2016 Kindle book

2017 Love You More, coming soon!

Adventist Women's Bible

Available in local Adventist Book Centers | online here

Tips for Leaders

  • Family matters
  • Lead by example
  • Humility is the way
  • Know your limits
  • Be emotionally aware

Healthful Living

  • Laugh every day
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get inspired
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Read your Bible daily



27 - enditnow Emphasis Day


8 - International Literacy Day

21 - International Day of Peace

Prayer Corner

  • enditnow Emphasis Day
  • Global campaigns for enditnow
  • Division WM advisories
  • Reach the World Leadership Conference
  • October 1 - Day of Fasting and Prayer

Ten Days of Prayer

January 11-21, 2017 See more

United in Prayer

Believe His Prophets

Prayer 777

Revival and Reformation

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