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South Caribbean Conference Reports "WOMEN MUST RUN" WM 5k
On Sunday, September 6, over 100 persons participated in the ‘Women Must Run' 5K race sponsored by the Women's and Youth Ministries departments of the South Caribbean Conference.
This event had a two-fold purpose. First, women and men were highlighting the positive reasons why Women Must Run: Women must run to Jesus, fitness, health, positive social values, etc; and the negative things from which Women Must Run: abuse, low self esteem, domestic violence, and poverty.
The Youth Ministries HIV AIDS Awareness group featured a team of uniformed motor cyclists and cyclists. Their focus was "Ride out discrimination against AIDS victims." Presentations on this issue were given.
Source: Judy Haynes
Training in Myanmar
Southern Asia-Pacific Division
Seventy-one Women's Ministries leaders from various missions attended the Myanmar Union Mission Union-wide Women's Ministries Leadership Level 3 Certification training held in October at the Myanmar Union Mission headquarters.
Module presentations were largely taken from the GC WM theme "Touch a Heart, Tell the World." Leadership Certification seminars such as "Outreach Programs" and "Women's Role in Ellen White" were presented.
On the last day, before the commitment service, the B=B (Bible = Baptism) program was introduced to the WM leaders and 27 women leaders committed themselves to participate in this program and win souls for the Lord.
-Source: Sohila Shine, MYUM
enditnow in Malawi
Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division
Malawian national and regional leaders and thousands of community members participated in a 15-day campaign to end gender-based violence this month. The campaign is part of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's global anti-violence campaign, enditnow, coordinated by the Women's Ministries Department and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). The campaign's closing ceremony reached 20-plus villages in the Mulanje District of Southern Malawi and included awareness-raising poems, songs, dances and dramatic presentations. Community members participated in a one-mile march, promoting an end to violence against women and girls. Participants also took part in a mile-long march, carrying banners and signs promoting human rights and the elimination of violence against women.
The campaign was launched in October 2009 and is currently collecting one million signatures from supporters in 200 countries and territories; these names will be presented to the United Nations.
Become a supporter of the enditnow cause by going to http://www.enditnow.org.
-Source: ANN/Nadia McGill
Photo: ADRA Malawi