2021 Q3

30 July, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons [UN] This year focuses on the first responders to human trafficking who work in identifying, supporting, counseling, and seeking justice for victims, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers. Get involved by joining the conversation on all digital platforms: hashtags #EndHumanTrafficking and #HumanTrafficking

2021 Q2

24 July, Children's Sabbath, [GC]

23 June, International Widow's Day [UN] There are an estimated 258 million widows around the world, and nearly one in ten live in extreme poverty (RES/65/189) In the widow's camp of refugee settlement of Balukhali, more than 116 widows, orphans, and women who have been separated from their husbands found shelter where no men or boys over the age of 10 years old are allowed. Photo: UN Women/Allison Joyce

More about widowhood, Ministry International Journal for Pastors.

19 June, Adventist Church World Refugee Sabbath [GC] Downloadable resources

15 June, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day [UN] In 2017, 1 in 6 older persons were subjected to abuse. With lockdowns and reduced care, violence against older persons is on the rise. (A/RES/66/127)

12 June, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day

Women's Ministries Emphasis Day resource packet, Women's Ministries Emphasis Day,"Come, See the Savior of the World," looks at the story of the Woman at the Well with eyes for evangelism. To reach her world, the woman didn't need know everything about Jesus, but she knew she must make Jesus known to everyone. Instead of her imperfect life being an excuse, her imperfect life became the substance of her message. She allowed her transformed life to transform the lives of her family, friends, and neighbors. The sermon is written by Pastor Davi França by invitation of the South American Division Women's Division.

The seminar, "Seven Steps for Sharing Jesus," includes Intercession, Fellowship, Bible Studies, Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, Baptism, and Multiplying Believers. Co-written by Pastors Davi França and Herbert Boger, Jr.

31 May, World No-Tobacco Day [WHO] For this year-long global campaign for World No Tobacco Day 2021, Allen Carr’s Easyway is offering, via the World Health Organization, free quit support to 9500 frontline workers and tobacco users in 14 countries across the 6 regions through Live Online Group Seminars and Online Video Programmes (WHA Resolution 42.19)

9 May, Mother's Day [USA] Download Mother's Day Cards designed by General Conference Women's Ministries with Erika Miike

2021 Q1

April 24, Possibilities Ministries Awareness Day [GC]

April 7, World Health Day [UN] Celebrate nurses and other health workers at the forefront of the COVID-19 response during this International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

March 8, International Women's Day [UN]

Samira, a Syrian refugee is one of the cutters in the cutting sector at the ‘Oasis Center for Resilience and Empowerment of Women and Girls’ operated by UN Women in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan. Photo: UN Women/Christopher Herwig

Did You Know?

  • The fact that Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th is strongly linked to the women’s movements during the Russian Revolution (1917).
  • New Zealand was the first self-governing nation to allow women to vote.
  • In the first known campaign of its kind, the Egyptian Society of Physicians went against tradition by declaring the negative effects of female genital mutilation. This was in 1920.

March 6, International Women's Day of Prayer

[GC WM] International Women's Day of Prayer sermon packet, "I Will Go," focuses on the impossible things God calls us to do and presents examples of Biblical characters who responded, "I Will Go." The results were life-changing, not only for themselves, but for the history of whole nations. Written by Danijela Schubert.

The seminar, "Teach Us to Pray," outlines four ways to get the most out of your prayer time. Written by Zdravko Stefanovic.

February 6, International Day of Zero Tolerance [UN]

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

Abida and her child live in Ethiopia’s Afar Region. In Afar, prevalence of female genital mutilation has fallen sharply — down to 31% in some districts — in areas where the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on the Elimination of FGM is supporting community-led interventions. Photo: Sara Elgamal for UNFPA

Together, we can eliminate female genital mutilation by 2030. Doing so will have a positive ripple effect on the health, education and economic advancement of girls and women.

To promote the elimination of female genital mutilation, coordinated and systematic efforts are needed, and they must engage whole communities and focus on human rights, gender equality, sexual education and attention to the needs of women and girls who suffer from its consequences.

February 4, World Cancer Day [UN]

January 6-16, Ten Days of Prayer, Seeking Revival [GC]