The Call for Revival and Reformation

The Call for Revival and Reformation

The General Conference Annual Council has just ended. During the six days of October 8-13, 2010, we spent much time in prayer. The focus of our prayers was for revival and reformation to begin first in our individual lives and then in our churches.

During our morning devotions each speaker focused on the need for revival and reformation within our church and also emphasized the need for it to begin with us, the leaders of the church. Speakers were Jerry and Janet Page, GC Ministerial Secretary and GC Shepherdess Coordinator; Dwight Nelson, Senior Pastor Pioneer Memorial Church, Andrews University; and Pastor C. D. Brooks, speaker emeritus of Breath of Life TV ministries. Truly God spoke to our hearts and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit was evident during our meetings.

Why this call for revival and reformation? Our new GC, President Ted Wilson, made it a priority in his new presidency. He established a Revival and Reformation Committee which is working under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to plan ways for the world church to focus on this need. He shared with us this quotation from the writings of E. G. White: "A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work."--Review and Herald, March 22, 1887.

We talk much about living in the end of time, maybe so much that we have become numb to the signs that are so evident around us. Too many of us have become negligent in our devotional lives. We have let the busyness of our lives crowd out the Savior of our souls. The call during this week of meetings was a call to spend more time in prayer, Bible Study, confessing our sins, and mission.

Joel 2:12 - 17 tells of what will happen in our churches when revival and reformation take place. My sisters, it's time for us to truly surrender our all to God and to let Him be Lord and King of our lives. Are you ready for God to use you to be His voice and His hands of love to a world that's dying?

Do you want to go to your heavenly home? I do, and I know you long for it also. Until we have revival and reformation in our lives and in our churches the work of mission will be delayed. "So let the work begin Lord, and let it begin with me."

"Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a
revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children."  Great Controversy, 465.

By Heather-Dawn Small, GC WM Director


Focus on the News

Focus on the News

Madagascar Women: Trained to Touch and Tell

South Africa-Indian Ocean Division


The Indian Ocean Union Mission consists of the islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Reunion, and Rodriquez. The leaders in this territory are committed to enabling their women to become effective leaders in the church. Having done the Leadership Certification Levels 1 and 2 over the past years, the Women's Ministries Director, Jacqueline Blanchard, organized Level 3 for the women this year.

The seminar, which took place in July in Antananarivo, Madagascar, was facilitated by Caroline Chola, SID WM Director; Raquel Arrais, GCWM Associate Director; and Katia Reinert, Mental Health specialist. It was attended by women leaders in all departments of the church from local church to conference level. The joy of the accomplishment was on each face. These women were challenged to teach, train, and equip other women for God's services.


Eden Conference in Wellington, New Zealand

South Pacific Division

This article was written by a 16-year-old participant in the Eden Conference, a day conference for girls 13-17. This project has been going for three years and needs sponsorship.

On the 21st August, 2010, a group of girls consisting of Alia, Olivia.T, Lose, Nuka, Vaiolingi, Brittany, Mele, Alisi, and myself went to the "Eden conference" for women and we had a BLAST!

I speak for all girls when I say that the Eden Conference was one of the best experiences-if not one of the many highlights of the year. There were inspirational speakers, a lot of encouragement, bonding, and a whole lot of fun. I really enjoyed the conference and would definitely go again.

I recommend that ALL girls attend this conference. It is not only educational, spiritual, and social, but it helps you grow as a person and strengthens us as young women. I learned a very important lesson that day and that was to "WRITE MY OWN STORY." When you read books, do you like them to be full of action, romance, or horror? Do you like it exciting or boring?

Our life is like a book. We are the main characters. We all know how it begins and that we have an end. But what happens in between that time is up to us. So, how do you want your book? You have the power to decide how your story goes so "WRITE YOUR OWN STORY."


Women of Beauty and Grace

Trans-European Division

"Because I am a woman, God created me to grow in grace and beauty" was the theme for the joint British and Dutch Women's Retreat in Daventry, England.

There were over 300 women present for the weekend. Heather Haworth, the British Union Conference Women's Ministries director, stated, "All the speakers approached the theme with candidness, humor, and relevance; and I, like many others, left with a greater commitment to follow God's plan for my life."

Dr. Monica Reed, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Hospital's state of the art facility, Celebration Health, was the main speaker. Focusing on Genesis 1:26-28, she started the weekend by reminding the women that they were created in the image of God.

The meeting finished with a "Go and Tell Evangelism Symposium."


Source: Sandra Golding


Inspiration for You: The ACTS Model of Prayer

Inspiration for You



STOP Violence Against Women

In a 10-country study on women's health and domestic violence conducted by World Health Organization (WHO),

  • Between 15% and 71% of women reported physical or sexual violence by a husband or partner.
  • Between 4% and 12% of women reported being physically abused during pregnancy.
  • Every year, worldwide, about 5,000 women are murdered by family members in the name of honor.
  • Worldwide, up to 1 in 5 women report experiencing sexual abuse as children. Children subjected to sexual abuse are much more likely to encounter other forms of abuse later in life.

Sign the petition to end violence against Women

Prayer Corner

  • Enditnow Campaign
  • Women who are juggling motherhood, career and calling, as they seek to find a balance in their service to God.
  • Christian friendships and welcoming churches


  • November 19: World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse
  • November 15: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
  • December 1: World AIDS Day