The unexpected crowd of women attending the multi-church women's retreat in Singapore


In Singapore twenty women complete WM Leadership training, level 1

Adventist World Church Women's Ministries leaders officiate at a ceremony for the women receiving Leadership certificates during a multi-church women’s retreat.

Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD)

[Singapore] Women from seven Seventh-day Adventist churches in Singapore spent Sabbath, July 20, 2019, in a conference held in a venue away from the bustling city. The secluded setting helped women bond together while listening to the spiritually-enriching messages. The program covered four key activities: worship, prayer time, sharing time, and music. The theme song, a medley of “We Are an Offering—All to Jesus I Surrender,” resonated with the women’s renewed commitment to draw closer to their Lord. The actual attendance of 251 far exceeded the estimated numbers of 150-170.

A general air of positivity and an eagerness to “get to work” that was felt during the conference came to an effective conclusion in a graduation ceremony for twenty women who completed the first level of the Women’s Ministries Leadership Certification training during workshops held in the past year. This achievement positions twenty more women leaders in the local churches for getting on with the work of women in ministry. Those who did not complete the Women’s Leadership Certification training feel encouraged to continue while others are now motivated to join the next training session.

The messages with the theme “Created Whole” were presented by General Conference Women’s Ministries leaders, Mrs Heather-Dawn Small, director and Mrs Raquel Arrais, associate director. The inspiring messages were titled: “Created Whole to Flourish,” “Facing the Lies That Paralyze Women,” “Created Whole to Serve—Women Can!” “Better Days Are Coming.” Women gave feedback that the personal stories the leaders shared encouraged them that all of us can experience God in our lives and conquer challenges.

Contributed by Jessy Quilindo, director of Women's Ministries for Singapore Conference

Published in Mosaic newsletter, 2019 Q3, summer issue