Blessings from the
past, Hope for the Future
As we look forward to a New Year ahead, it’s good to take a
moment and reflect on the blessings of the year past. One of the greatest
blessings we experience in GC Women’s Ministries Department is the joy we
receive when traveling the world, visiting our sisters in many countries,
learning from them, being blessed by their testimonies, hearing about the
strength, hope and courage that God gives them while going through many
In our office we do all we can, with God’s guidance and
strength and your prayer support, to help our sisters through various WM
projects and our WM Scholarship Program. What we do, we do a s a team, in our
office and working with our WM sister-leaders around the world.
We thank God for your continued support but also for all the
work done by every woman who gives of herself selflessly to help someone else.
As we help each other, we are truly showing God’s love and that love is one
that heals and draws others to Him.
We claim a blessing for you and your families from each of
us at GCWM department – “For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God” (Psalm 38:15).
With love and joy,
GC Women’s Ministries
Honors Women of the Year
Eugenia Giordano and Donna Jackson received Women of the
Year 2012 awards at the dinner for women members of the GC Executive Committee
during Annual Council. Heather-Dawn Small, GC WM director, and Raquel Arrais, GC
WM associate director, wrapped both women in shawls to represent the love and
respect earned from people around the world.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Eugenia
is associate director of the Adventist AIDS International Ministry located in
South Africa. Her husband, Dr. Oscar Giordano, serves as director. The couple
was called as a team ten years ago by the General Conference (GC) to organize
and lead this ministry.
The focus of Eugenia’s work is on
Women, Youth, and Children. She has established programs in 54 cities of 25
African countries, including the Grandmothers’ Training Center in Lesotho which
is sponsored by the GC Women’s Ministries (GCWM).
Prior to this Eugenia worked as
physician in several countries of Africa while also holding many positions in
medical administration. She was medical officer and head of the Medicine
general ward at Mugonero Hospital in Rwanda making daily rounds with nursing
students to 104 hospital beds, in addition to being in charge of the hospital’s
outpatient clinic with 60-80 patients per day. She was head physician in an
ADRA Clinic in Burundi assisting refugees from Rwanda, while also providing
leadership to several community-based health care initiatives, before being called
back to be in charge of Mugonero Hospital at the beginning of the genocide in
Rwanda. Immediately following the Rwanda war, she and her children were
evacuated to Kenya while her husband was still on duty in Burundi. Later in Madagascar,
Eugenia was medical director of the Adventist Outpatient Clinic in
Antananarivo, giving her opportunity to interact with a large number of patients,
and also to organize medical-evangelistic outreach programs in rural areas.
Eugenia received a Doctorate in
Medicine from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, and a Master of
Public Health from Loma Linda University. Eugenia and Oscar met when they were
15 years old and have been inseparable since then, studying, graduating from medical
school, working together as missionary doctors, and raising four daughters. She
has a passion for Jesus, her family, and the medical profession.
Born in British Columbia, Canada, Donna
serves as the North American Division (NAD) Ministerial Spouses Association Leader.
Her husband, Pastor Dan Jackson is the president of NAD. Prior to this, she was
the SDA Church in Canada Women’s Ministries Liaison Coordinator and the Family
& Women’s Ministries director of the Ontario Conference.
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit
and with the help of many gifted lay people, Donna initiated several new
ministries in Ontario, such as: Women in Mission, Young Women’s Ministries,
Teen Pregnancy Prevention/Intervention, Singles Ministries, and Grief to
Wholeness. She has worked for social services organizations, such as Suicide
Prevention Services, Catholic Social Services and the government of British
Columbia and in inter-denominational community projects for people at risk.
Donna was educated at Spicer
Memorial College in India and at Canadian University College in Alberta. In
addition to Canada, India, and the United States, she’s lived in Sri Lanka and
served in short-term projects in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Kenya.
Her love for music led Donna to
serve as organist in various Protestant churches over the years, providing
close relationships with God’s other flock. She enjoys reading, astronomy,
cosmology, and hiking in nature. Donna relished being a pastor’s wife for most
of the 23 years her husband was in pastoral ministry and being educated by
their two daughters and one son. She has loved Jesus ever since she can