General Conference Women's Ministries shares a message for the new quinquennium

Heather-Dawn Small, re-elected as GC Women's Ministries director

Dear Sisters,

Joyful greetings to each of you. It is a privilege and blessing to continue leading our sisters in Women’s Ministries for the next five years. We stand on the edge of a new quinquennium, and as we look across the border of the next five years, we know there will be challenges, but also times of joy. We look forward with hope and courage knowing that God is already in our tomorrows directing our paths.

Yes, sometimes, we do fear for what the future may bring. At those times remember the children of Israel standing at the edge of the Jordan River ready to cross over to the Promised Land. They had no idea what they would meet and they were fearful. Then Joshua said to them, “By this you will know that the Living God is among you" (Joshua 3:7). He said God, the El Chay (Hebrew) – the Living God – was with them and would drive out their enemies. These words of assurance are for God’s children then and now.

Our focus on Nurture, Empower, and Outreach will continue in this quinquennium as we work with our sisters in our churches and communities. We stand on the border of the next five years, but we do not fear for the future. God has given His daughters a task to do for Him, and He enables us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Remember, we have El Chay, the Living God, on our side! When we face the challenges the enemy will bring our way, we will call on the name of the Living God who will drive out the enemies.


Heather-Dawn Small, Women's Ministries director

"If there were twenty women where now there is one, who would make this holy mission their cherished work, we should see many more converted to the truth," (Ellen G. White, Christian Service, p. 28).

Raquel Arrais, re-elected as GC Women's Ministries associate director

Dear Sisters,

I truly believe we are living in a significant time in history for women. Time when God is calling us to increase our vision, to expand our impact, and to touch our homes, churches, and communities with the touch of Jesus. Though at times you may find it hard to believe, His plans for you are greater than you think.

The Bible says that we are the light of the world. As followers of Christ, we are also called to share His light where there is darkness. How? Loving the unlovable, giving to the needy, forgiving the unforgivable, being honest, and striving to be like Jesus by loving Him, copying Him, and depending only upon Him through prayer and Bible study.

If in this journey you become discouraged, remember, “He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20). As we begin a new quinquennium together, do not let the magnitude of your vision, ideas, creativity, and gifts hold you back; God wants to give you more places to shine and BE the light. Dare to believe Him today for MORE than you can ask or imagine.

Grace and peace,

Raquel Arrais, Women’s Ministries associate director