Fourth Sabbath of August

enditnow® Emphasis Day

enditnow® is a worldwide church initiative

enditnow® Emphasis Day is on the world church's Calendar of Days and Events and falls on the fourth Sabbath of August. General Conference Women's Ministries (GCWM) coordinates the production and distribution of the enditnow® Emphasis Day resource packets with contributions from six additional co-sponsoring departments of the General Conference: Children's Ministries, Education, Family Ministries, Health Ministries, Ministerial Association, and Youth Ministries.

NEWS FLASH Adventist News Network, posted August 26, 2023, by Andrea Lavy

Promotional video for enditnow® Emphasis Day 2023 with the theme "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing." Feel free to show this short video in your church as you prepare for the enditnow® special day program.

August 26, 2023

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing

Resource Packet

This year for enditnow® Emphasis Day we are focused on "Wolves in Sheep's Clothing, When those who claim to be followers of Jesus harm others." Both the Old and New Testaments refer to God's people as sheep, to the body of believers as a flock, and to our Lord as the Shepherd. But because our churches are filled with imperfect and broken people, we may encounter a wolf disguised in sheep's clothing, or a wolf disguised in shepherd's clothing. Often we think that abuse involves violence, but none of the cases shared in the sermon include violence. None of the "victims" resisted abuse. At the time it was happening, none of them even recognized it as abuse. Yet, the power differential caused each victim to be violated.

"Wolves in Sheep's Clothing," a sermon presentation

What's in the Packet?

You may print and reproduce the packet to share with others. We encourage you to use these resources in your church's enditnow® Emphasis Day program.



The seminar workshop presenter is key to a successful workshop. Before leading the workshop, the presenter will read the seminar script in the packet's Word document, carefully watch the video, study the discussion notes for leaders, and prayerfully consider the questions for participants in the handout.

"Sarah's Diary," a video presentation for use in the seminar workshop

Packet authors

The enditnow® packet for 2023 was written by Ann Hamel, PhD, DMin, and Cheri Corder.

Dr. Ann Hamel is a psychologist with the International Service Employee Support Team of the General Conference. She is involved both in preparing missionaries for mission service as well as supporting them if and when they face challenges, hardships, or tragedy as they serve. Dr. Hamel specializes in traumatology and is a Board-Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress. She has a PhD in Psychology from Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry in Formational Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. She also has a certificate in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery from Harvard University.

Cheri Corder has been involved in Women’s Ministries for more than 35 years, including eight years as Director of Women’s Ministries for the Oregon Conference. She has also served as a conference director for Family Ministries, Health Ministries, Children’s Ministries, and Adventist Community Services. Her speaking opportunities have included numerous women’s retreats, camp meeting seminars, two conferences on abuse, and an evangelistic series in a little church in Costa Rica. Her final ministry role before retiring was that of Missionary Care Coordinator for Adventist Frontier Missions. In these leadership roles, she has attended multiple training sessions regarding abuse and has had the privilege of hearing the painful journeys of countless men and women.

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