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Women display their certificates for completing level 3 of Women's Ministries Leadership Certification program

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Women's Ministries Leadership Certification, Level 3

The climax of the week-long training conference occurs when four participants are baptized at the graduation ceremony.

East-Central Africa Division (ECD)

[Tanzania] Women’s Ministries Leadership Certification training, Level 3, drew 620 women from the South Tanzania Union Mission to the city of Morogoro. The week-long event held in southern Tanzania, March 3 to 9, 2019, ended with a graduation ceremony. However, the climax of the women’s meetings occurred on Sabbath when four of the thirteen participants who were not already Seventh-day Adventists responded to the call to become totally committed disciples of Jesus Christ and were baptized.

The women’s ministries theme, “Touch a Heart, Reach My World,” became the touchstone for revival among the participants. Several activities and situations gave attendees the opportunity to experience personal involvement in mission, highlighting the Total Member Involvement initiative of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Opportunities to be involved included:

  • Contributing to a fund to buy a wheelchair for a disabled woman who was newly baptized with enough left over to begin building her a small home that is wheelchair accessible. About $800 USD was raised.
  • Purchasing Bibles to distribute among the participants who needed them. Now all graduates have opportunity for continued personal growth.
  • Showing concern for woman who experienced the loss of her two children (ages five and seven) found dead in a swimming pool in the hotel compound where church members had gathered for a program Sabbath afternoon. The leadership training participants dug deep in their pockets once again and contributed an offering for the grieving mother.
  • Seeing results of women’s prayer groups when four participants were baptized. Women in Tanzania and throughout the East-Central Africa Division are engaged in the spreading the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Graduates of Level 3 had already completed leadership training, Level 2, in a larger group of more than 1,000 women from Tanzania and Uganda who gathered in Singida, Tanzania, November 12 to 17, 2018.

Ruth Eyembe, women’s ministries director for the South Tanzania Union Mission, organized the leadership certification training for Level 3, and Debbie Maloba, women’s ministries director of the East-Central Africa Division, facilitated as the main speaker.

Maloba concluded her report with praise to the Lord and a request for Him to continue showering His blessing upon women and young ladies as they use their God-given potential in service and leadership for Him.

Contributed by Debbie Maloba, director of East-Central Africa Division Children's and Women's Ministries

Reported in Mosaic newsletter, 2019, Q2, Summer issue