Outreach: Crossing Over

OUTREACH:  Crossing Over

Euro-Africa Division:  Reaching the Gypsy Community

In Chirpan, a small town in South Bulgaria, most of the inhabitants are Gypsies, of Muslim culture, and speak the Turkish language. To reach out to the community, the Women's Ministries Director of the Bulgarian Union, Emilia Stoykova, works together with Pastor Georgi Kertikov and his wife Elena. Their varied projects include…

  • Work with a group of approximately 30 children; only 6 of them are from Adventist families. The programs include a literacy program for young people.
  • Literacy and health training for women, including hygiene, family life, and family planning.
  • English and Spanish classes are offered in cooperation with the government Peace Corps. The Adventist church provides church meeting rooms for these classes.
  • Practical training such as setting up furniture and gardening;  the purpose is to help participants choose a future profession
  • Social activities such as knitting and craft classes
  • Evangelization with music programs in the streets
  • Music program for Gypsy children with a music teacher teaching them piano, recorder, guitar and other instruments.
  • Birthday Invitations for children in church. Celebrations with family and friends are an important part of the Muslim culture.
  • For men, computer classes are offered so that they will let their wives take part in the literacy program. 

These projects are being supervised and coordinated by the Women's Ministries Department and the Bulgarian Union, as well as the Women's Ministries Department of Euro-Africa Division.

Source:  Euro-Africa Division Women’s Ministries

Focus on the News

Focus on the News

2010 WM GLOBAL Statistical Report

 God calls 12 million Seventh–day Adventist women to TOUCH A HEART AND TELL THE WORLD.

April 7 – World Health Day

April 7, 2012, is World Health Day, an annual event to draw attention to priorities in global health. Women are burdened not only by disease but also by a lack of human rights that affects their health. In addition, wars, honor killings, domestic violence and female genital mutilation injure and destroy women in many parts of the world. We can make a difference where we are as we show Jesus’ love and care for the women in need around us.

Health Lines

  • Every minute of every day somewhere in the world, a woman dies giving birth.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, one in four women aged 20 to 29 is infected with HIV-AIDS.
  • Of the 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide, 70 percent are women.
  • One in four young girls in developing countries suffers from iodine deficiency.
  • Nearly a half billion women are stunted from malnutrition.

There is a ministry for every woman.  Needs are opportunities for you to touch someone.




How can we Touch a Heart and Tell the World?


Guidelines, ideas, and resources are available for each one of these three areas of ministry. They provide information and inspiration that will help you and the women of your church to “Touch a Heart for Christ.” Download free materials at women.adventist.org








Inspiration for You: 7 Ways to Improve your Emotional Quotient

Inspiration for You

7 Ways to Improve your Emotional Quotient


  1. Get moving: regular exercise has been shown to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and help people stay calm.
  2. Eat lots of plants:  A plant-based diet with sufficient tryptophan, tyrosine, and omega 3 can help people recover from major depression and anxiety.
  3. Let the sun shine in:sufficient light from the sun can improve vitamin D levels and brain serotonin levels, leading to an improved mood.
  4. Close the blinds and go to bed:  Adequate sleep in a dark environment can improve nighttime melatonin levels, which in turn can help daytime energy levels and memory.
  5. Turn on the tunes:  listening to melodic, harmonious music improves mood, reduces stress, lowers cortisol levels, and improves brain function.
  6. Don't believe distorted thoughts: Analyzing your own thoughts for distortions and correcting your faulty thinking dramatically improves emotional intelligence.
  7. Contemplate scripture: Reading, analyzing, and contemplating passages from the Bible can enhance the function of the frontal lobe of the brain, thus improving emotional intelligence.

Source: Neil Nedley is a practicing physician and author of several books including Depression— The Way Out and The Lost Art of Thinking: 30 Strategies to Improve Emotional Intelligence and Achieve Peak Mental Performance.




Outreach Ministry: To Start the Program




To Start the Program

  1.  In this ministry, we open our homes to women in our community.
  2. Invite women to come to your home or other non-church location if possible.
  3. You may choose to offer a light meal. (optional)
  4. Share your personal testimony of what Jesus has done for you.
  5. Invite them to join you in an eight-week “Homes of Hope and Healing” journey.
  6. Explain that this is a 6- or 8-week program. (Length is flexible.) Keep it short to accommodate people’s schedules.


“Our time here is short. We can pass through this world but once; as we pass along, let us make the most of life. The work to which we are called does not require wealth or social position or great ability. It requires a kindly, self-sacrificing spirit and a steadfast purpose. A lamp, however small, if kept steadily burning, may be the means of lighting many other lamps. Our sphere of influence may seem narrow, our ability small, our opportunities few, our acquirements limited; yet wonderful possibilities are ours through a faithful use of the opportunities of our own homes. If we will open our hearts and homes to the divine principles of life we shall become channels for currents of life-giving power. From our homes will flow streams of healing, bringing life and beauty and fruitfulness where now are barrenness and dearth.”  Ministry of Healing, p. 355 

For more information and resource material, go to women.adventist.org



March 3 – Women’s International Day of Prayer

March 21 – International Day Against Racial Discrimination

April 7 – World Health Day



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