Dona Rosa Litteri De Tamburelli Receives Recognition From Panama's Government Official

Doña Rosa Litteri de Tamburelli Receives Recognition from Panamá Government Official

Gustavo Pérez de la Ossa, General National Police Chief of the Republic of Panama, recognized, with profound gratitude, the work of Doña Rosa Lettieri de Tamburelli, granting her a distinctive plaque for the 17 years of ministry in behalf of the incarcerated women in the Rehabilitation Center for Women and the efforts made to reintegrate them back into society.

Doña Rosa Tamburrelli recently received national recognition and a plaque for her prison ministry which she began not long after she was baptized 18 years ago. She came to know Jesus Christ during an evangelistic campaign held in the ATLAPA Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. Soon after, she accepted the challenge to start a ministry in the Women's Rehabilitation Center, where she has willingly and selflessly served both nationals and foreigners.

There are many good testimonies regarding "La Nona," a loving nickname given to this strong and unselfish servant of God. She receives thanks from many parts of the world, as people, for different reasons, got to know her during her wonderful prison ministry.

Every year she conducts an evangelistic meeting within the walls of this rehabilitation center. Approximately 450 souls have given their lives to God during these campaigns. Furthermore, every week she supports and provides prisoners with toiletries, medicines, and more

Focus on the News

Focus on the News

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID)

In Malawi Women Cheer the Sick

Over 100 women from Ndirande District cheered the sick at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, on Sunday, November 7, 2010. Through contributions made by the women, church members, and well wishers, items worth over MK70,000 (US $400) were distributed to patients in the tuberculosis ward. Each patient received a pack of maize flour, rice, sugar, salt, fish and soap.

Speaking during the ceremony, Mrs Chanza, President of Ndirande District Women's Ministries, said they targeted patients in the TB ward because these patients stay longer in hospital, thus, making the need for replenishing basic supplies more pronounced.  In addition to distributing the items, the women had an opportunity to share the Word of God with the patients.

By Margaret Masamba, Women's Ministries Director, Malawi Union.


Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD)

Women's Ministries Leadership Certification

In September the Women's Ministries (WM) Department of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) Church sponsored the first of four levels of the General Conference WM Leadership Certification. The purpose of this program was to develop skills that will enable the women of the church to serve in positions of leadership wherever they may be around the world. This will help them to reach others for Christ.  Under the motto "Women in Leadership," 11 speakers, qualified professionals and members of the AIIAS faculty presented the topics for Level 1 Program. More than 100 women attended the course consistently.

The WM Department of AIIAS Church hopes to continue with the remaining levels of this program. As E. G. White reminds us, "There is a higher purpose for woman, a grander destiny. She should develop and cultivate her powers, for God can employ them in the great work of saving souls from eternal ruin." -Evangelism, p. 465

By Nilde Lust, Women's Ministries Director, AIIAS Church, Silang, Cavite, Philippines


Southern Asia Division (SUD)

Women's Ministries Meetings

The Eastern Jharkhand Section in India has three women's groups called circles. Women from all three circles gathered in Taljhari, Bisunpur, in September. This area is rural and surrounded by mountains and jungles.

The women of this area are very hungry for God's word and for opportunities to strengthen their faith. They did not care about the lack of electricity or running water, but travelled from far areas, half way by bus or train and half way on foot, to attend the meeting.

Out of 60 women present, certificates were given to 45 who were regular in attendance and completed the Women's Ministries Certification Level 1 and 2. Along with the certification course, they were given instruction on how to caring for their health, good habits of cleanliness, good manners, vegetarian diet, and the importance of literacy.


Inspiration for You: Revival and Reformation

Inspiration for You: Revival and Reformation Needed

Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise, and this preparation they should make by diligently studying the word of God, and striving to conform their lives to its precepts. . . . God calls for a revival and a reformation.

--Prophets and Kings, p. 626. {ChS 41.3}

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. {ChS 41.4}

The time has come for a thorough reformation to take place. When this reformation begins, the spirit of prayer will actuate every believer, and will banish from the church the spirit of discord and strife.

--Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 251. {ChS 42.1}

A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things.

  • Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death.
  • Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit.

Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.

-- Review and Herald, Feb. 25, 1902. {ChS 42.2}

Prayer: Experiencing the Presence of Jesus

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 4:6-7

Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him. Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.

- Steps to Christ, p. 93

And I say unto you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.....If you then, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

-- Luke 11:9,10,13

2011 International Women's Day of Prayer Resource Package

"A Promise is a Promise"

The time has come once again for us to focus on the importance of prayer in our lives and in this ministry. This packet, "A Promise is a Promise" was written and compiled by Erna Johnson, Women's Ministries director from South Pacific Division.

Ellen G. White writes "Praying together will bind hearts to God in bonds that will endure..." Testimonies for the Church p175. In these days of uncertainty, trials, fear, and turmoil; prayer has become vital to our daily existence and peace of mind.

As Women's Ministries Leaders the task is yours to encourage your sisters to have a deep and meaningful relationship with God. And what better way to begin than with prayer. The task we have been called to do in touching hearts and telling the world about Jesus is great and it is only by binding our hearts to God's heart will we receive the power we need for this time.

The 2011 Package is available to download free at: for French, German, and Spanish translation, contact GCWM.


Melanie's Farewell

It was with a sad heart that we said goodbye to Melanie Ossandon, administrative assistant to Heather- dawn Small.  Melanie worked with GCWM for 6 years and she will be missed greatly, especially her joyful personality and her many skills that helped this department grow.  She was an exceptional assistant, and her standard of work was high, but most of all she was committed to God.  Melanie has not been around the world to visit you but you have benefitted from her faithful ministry to this office.  We pray God continues to bless Melanie in her new job as she blesses others.

Making Your Resolutions Stick

Making Your Resolutions Stick

How to Create Healthy Habits

NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS--they're easy to make but easier to break. Why is it so hard to make the healthy changes that we know can help us feel better and live longer? And why is it so hard to make them last? Scientists are learning more about how we can make healthy changes and, even more important, how we can sustain them.

"CHANGE IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE," says Dr. Linda Nebeling, an expert in behavioral change and nutrition at the National Institutes of Health. You're never too out-of-shape, too overweight, or too old to make healthy changes.

Think of exactly how the change will enhance your life. Reducing stress might cut your risk for heart disease and help you fight off germs. Even small improvements in your physical activity, weight, or nutrition, may help reduce your risk for disease and lengthen your life. In one study, overweight or obese people who lost just 7% of their body weight slashed their risk for diabetes by nearly 60%. Keeping facts like this in mind can help you maintain your focus over the long haul.

Of course, you don't need a new year to make healthy changes; you can make them any time of the year. But New Year's is an opportunity to think about the improvements you'd like to make and then take concrete steps to achieve them. Set realistic goals, develop an action plan, and set it in motion. Make your new year a healthy one.



To think about it...

IF CHRISTIAN WOMEN would lead out in the good work, and set the example of dressing with neatness and simplicity, and with regard to health, there would be a universal reform. If they would work from an elevated standpoint, they could bring their habits of life into conformity with the laws of their being, and live in obedience to both the physical and the moral requirements of God.

Then there would be less money, less nerve force, less physical strength, squandered for artificial decorations, to the sacrifice of natural beauty. We should have more practical wives and mothers, and in many families that are now wretched because of their incorrect ideas of life, there would be a happy change. --Christ Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 92.2



Prayer Corner

  • International Women's Day of Prayer
  • Revival and Reformation
  • For the Holy Spirit in our lives
  • Women who are fighting terminal diseases


  • February 1 -- Division Statistical Reports due to GCWM Office
  • March 5 -- WM International Day of Prayer
  • March 6 -- Human Rights Day
  • March 8 -- Women's International day


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