Focus on the News
Praise the Lord, a Missionary Congress was held in Chernovtsy City, with the theme “Touch a heart. Tell the world.” Women of Bukovinskaya Conference composed a hymn especially for this congress.
There was also a fancywork festival, featuring embroidery, compositions from sweets and flowers, creative paper goods, paintings, and hooked and needlework items. Women voted on their favorites. Later every sister who took part received a diploma, and the top three winning items were marked and made keepsakes. There was also a demonstration of vegetarian cooking, with tasting, evaluation, and awards. It was a joy to meet and encourage women from that conference and to gain many new ideas.
Three Leaders in Italy
God is answering prayers. In EUD there are now three WM leaders: Abigaela Trofin for Northern Italy, Santa Abiusi for Southern Italy, and Katia Montalbano for Sicily.
Since there is still no leader for central Italy, Franca Zucca, Women’s Ministries Director for the Italian Union, is employed for both ADRA and Women’s Ministries. She states that 80% of her invitations come from Women’s Ministries, and 20% from ADRA. WM prayers, programs and initiatives are bearing fruit. Women are longing for programs especially for them. A spiritual revival, urgently needed in Italy, will come as we pray earnestly and study the Bible.
Greater Middle East Union
WM Retreat in Tunisia
In March, women from Tunisia gathered to renew their relationship with Christ. Damary, the local WM leader, invited Denise, the EUD WM leader, and Aranka, the GMEU WM leader, as the guest speakers. In a beautiful resort by the ocean, amid gorgeous tropical flowers and plants, white beaches, and turquoise water, the women were inspired to "Fall in Love with Jesus" again. This multi-denominational (Adventists, Muslims, Pentecostals, Evangelicals) and international group of women (from 15 countries), were determined to form an abiding relationship with their Creator and Redeemer. Morning and evening devotions by the sea filled our hearts with new hope and enthusiasm. We learned how to focus on the important instead of the urgent, and wrote love letters to God. Pray for the women in Tunisia, who love God and are ready to pay the highest price to follow their Savior.
East Central-Africa Division
Outreach is for Everyone
An evangelistic series was held by the women of Tanzania. Women throughout the Tanzania Union prayed for the meetings, contributed money and Bibles, and sent one representative from each Conference/Field. All conference/field WM directors were members of the team. The Tanzania Union Women’s Ministries Director was the main speaker while others gave talks on health and family life. The district pastor was very supportive. The women pleaded with the Lord for 250 souls. They had a chain of prayer for 24 hours a day for three weeks; every Wednesday was a day of fasting and praying. God blessed with a total of 342 souls won to Christ.
“Ministry Chef” Competition
The Parramatta WM department is full of enthusiastic women with an even more enthusiastic leader. Beryl Landers and her team hold meetings each month and have organized small groups as well. Their motto for the coming two years is "Make a Difference".
Recently they invited women to a hold a cook fest with a purpose: the Ministry Chef 2012 Competition! The group of 15 women of all ages (9 to 60+) were divided into teams of two. With the basic recipe, they had an hour to do the cooking. Results were judged on taste and presentation. The women enjoyed it so much they plan to do it every year. The dishes were later frozen and delivered to people in difficult circumstances.