Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division
Ready to Tell
Leading Angola to Jesus was the theme of the Women’s Ministries
congress in Huambo, Angola, June 11-14. The first day, the national
congress attracted 5,000 women from a large area, including the Islands
of Sao Tome and Principe. On Sabbath, 13,000 women, 3,000 men, and
2,000 children were in attendance. Women who attended through the week
The devotional speaker was Caroline Chola, SID WM director. After
the sermons, many women gave or rededicated their lives to Christ. Five
were baptized on Sabbath afternoon.
At the close of the congress, Chola gave a charge and the women
pledged to forge ahead and take part in the SID Mega Evangelism
In Mozambique more than 400 local Women’s Ministries church leaders
attended the first Leadership Certification Program in Beira. Under the
leadership of Caroline Libombo, Mozambique Union Mission WM director,
the women enjoyed their learning time together. The program finished
with a graduation challenging all the women to “Touch a Heart and Tell
the World.” Carolina Chola, SID WM director, and Raquel Arrais, GCWM
Associate director, were the main speakers during the training.
On Wings of Prayers
Baghdad, Iraq—Women’s Ministries (WM) Emphasis Day was celebrated
in Baghdad 14 June when 13 church members fellowshipped together,
enjoying the WM program, “Show Me the Savior—Then I Shall See.”
In spite of the Adventist church in Baghdad being closed for the
last two years due to being severely damaged by bombs, church members
are still gathering for worship in homes every Sabbath.
“When we think back on how our church was filled to capacity before
the war in 2003, it saddens our hearts that we would end up being just
a small group meeting in private homes. We are praying for strength and
courage until the day when the situation will improve and our many
church members can return to their beloved church, to their houses and
their jobs,” said Basima Nahab, Women’s Ministries Director in Iraq.
The President of the Middle East Union, Kjell Aune, says: “Many of
our members in Iraq have for safety reasons fled to western or
neighboring countries. I have personally met them in different parts of
the world and know their dedication, their love for Iraq and the
church, and their longing [to return] back to their country. We pray
for the day when people can return home, where we can meet in our
churches without security risks. I am inspired by the fact that our
sisters in Baghdad could celebrate and focus on the Savior in the midst
of so many distractions. It reminds us all of the importance of lifting
our heads and look beyond our problems. As I have done before, I will
again urge the world family of believers to carry their Iraqi sisters
and brothers onwards on wings of prayers.”
— B. Nahab; Anne-May Wollan; TED News Staff; TED News
South Pacific Division
Welcome Erna Johnson (SPD)
We would like to welcome Erna Johnson, who has been voted by South
Pacific Division to be SPD WM director. Prior to this, Erna was WM
director for Sydney Conference in Australia.
Erna’s passion is to see women reach their potential. She has seen
the impact Women’s Ministries has on women as it empowers them to go
forward and use their God-given gifts and talents for Him. She is
totally committed to their ministry.
Erna, my sister, we welcome you to the joys and challenges of
working at the division. As you settle into your new office, you will
be in our prayers. We look forward to meeting you someday soon.
— Heather-Dawn Small, GCWM director