Focus on the News
Trans-European Division (TED)
[Greece] In a time of credit crunch the members in Greece are sharing the gospel with many who are in need of security and love. Raleigh Fernandez is motivating women to work in outreach. The work is strong there, reports Clair Sanches, TED WM director, after her October 2012 visit with the Thessaloniki, Katrini, and Athens churches.
[Paris] Women’s Ministries was launched in a Ghaneese community of Paris reports Josiane Beauregard, Franco-Belgian Union WM director. Special attention was given to the men of the church when WM evangelism was introduced, because they have a big influence on their wives, and it is important for them to understand how women can be involved in this big city evangelism, particularly with Moslem women. The local Adventist pastor and church elders support this initiative.
Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID)
[Malawi] Everyone was invited to a series of evangelistic meetings in Salima presented by women of Malawi. Twelve meetings were held simultaneously in this city, 100km from Lilongwe, capital city of Malawi. Eleven centers were located in the remote areas of town with one location in the town center featuring Caroline Chola, SID WM director. Newly baptized members included a youth previously practicing Satanism, a village chief, and an 87-year-old grandmother who was invited by her orphaned grandchildren’s Adventist caretakers.
American Division (SAD)
[Belém, PA] The Annual Congress of Women’s Ministries encouraged more than 2,500 women in Brazil to commit themselves to taking the hope message to the entire society. Cybelle Florencio, Women’s Ministries director for the Estate of Amapá and the north of Pará, reports the event reinforced the purpose of WM Mission and commitment to evangelistic work. Participants made decisions for Christ and four women sealed their commitment through baptism. Every woman attending accepted the challenge of preaching the Gospel to everyone. Program highlights included singer Darlene Lima and lecturers Raquel Arrais, GC WM associate director, and Williane Marroni, SAD WM director.
[Manaus, AM] More than three thousand women of Amazonas and Roraima participated in the Northwest Brazil Union Mission WM Congress. Women became involved in the mission of preaching after hearing presentations about the pioneers of the Adventist Church. Daily seminars motivated participants to maintain an intimate relationship with God, constantly seeking the power of the Holy Spirit. According to Raquel Arrais, the Adventist woman is an instrument that God wants to use. “God calls us as Women of Hope to take light where nobody wants to go.” Speakers included Raquel Arrais, GC WM associate director; Wiliane Marroni, SAD WM director; Analu Zahn, from the Northwest Brazil Union Mission; and also the regional leaders.