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Adventists Pass on Life Values to Women, Seychelles

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division

In the Seychelles, a seminar to give leadership skills to women members of the local Adventist churches was seen as a huge success when it also saw men coming and wanting to take part. There was a large turn-out at the St Louis Seventh-day Adventist Church where the training course took place under the theme "Women of Faith." The course was comprised of four levels, each covering topics such as self-empowerment, self-worth and self-appreciation, mental health, mentoring young women, balancing home and career, personality assessment, and spiritual gifts. Two representatives from the General Conference led the course: Raquel Arrais and Katia Reinert; they were assisted by Caroline Chola from the Division and help of the Women's Ministries director at the Seychelles Mission, Doris Bick.


Youth Congress, Israel

Trans-European Division

On May 19-22 a youth congress, "Holiness and Purity," was organized by Israel Field Youth Department. Nina Usacheva, the IF/WM director, was invited to present some seminars such as "Sexuality" and "Purity" to the girls. They had very good meetings with a very strong experience shared by one girl. The enditnow campaign was presented to all the young people. They showed strong support and signed the petition. Each one received a wristband and a pledge card.

Source: TED WM


Women Touching Lives, Niger

West Central Africa Division

Adventist women are using Christ's method to touch lives in the community. The Women's Ministries department prepared a one week training to sensitize women about how early marriage of young, inexperienced and dependent girls always leads to poverty, health problems, and violence against women. Home management, personal hygiene, and prevention of some common diseases were included in the seminars. More than 20 women attended regularly. As a result of this program, about four women are now ready to participate in the weekly Bible study small group.

Source: WAD WM


HIV Rally and Enditnow Campaign, North Rayalaseema

Southern Asia Division

The Kyathura Adventist Church sponsored an HIV rally and enditnow campaign in August. A special Sabbath afternoon program was organized with enditnow banners and HIV flexi charts that were prepared. The rally started with a prayer, followed by a short message on health. The rally went through the streets of the village. At the close, there was a short sundown vespers, prayers, and a fellowship supper. People were glad to know the biblical, healthful way of living and how to build a close relationship with Jesus. An affirmative response was received from the local people, and the leaders also received requests from the neighboring villages requesting similar kinds of rallies in their villages too.

Source: SUD WM

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