The Department of Women's Ministries celebrates the year 2018 as a special season for evangelism, uniting with the Philippines for Christ program of the North Philippine Union Conference. “Just like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (Psalm 1:3), women have received blessings from the Lord as they get involved in various ministries of the church. God has flourished the works of their hands. “...whatever they do prospers.”
THE FRUIT OF CONNECTING WITH JESUS
Nearly 4,000 women engaged in a 12-lesson Bible study course titled, Women Discovering Jesus (WDJ) that deepens understanding and connection with the Lord. The department hosted graduation ceremonies where Bible students received their certificate of completion and shared meaningful testimonies about their encounter with Christ. The WDJ material is one of the tools they use in their care group meetings.
The Women in the Bible and Me is another material used by women in Bible study. This year, an additional 320 graduated from this Bible course.
Part of women’s personal devotional experience and Bible study is Creative Journaling. Through this, they can internalize the truths better, and illustrate their spiritual journey in a creative way.
For women to sustain their involvement in spiritual practices, 1,450 churches celebrated the annualInternational Day of Prayer on the first Sabbath of March and Women’ Emphasis Day on the second Sabbath of June.
THE FRUIT OF UNITY AND LOVING RELATIONSHIPS
Besides the regular bonding and fellowship-building activities of women (pajama party, prayer breakfast, physical fitness, birthday celebration, bridal/
baby shower), 60 districts held Women’s Sabbath fellowships where women hosted and led the worship services.
On April 26-29, a total of 1,110 women convened in Tagaytay for the once-in-five-years Women and Shepherdesses Convention themed, “Chosen to Bear Fruits” featuring the Fruit of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). Delegates enjoyed the grand worship and fellowship, cultural presentations and they gained from plenary meetings, devotional time and breakout sessions. The convention was also a celebration of women’s involvement in the Philippines for Christ 2018.
On May 26, the GC Associate WM Director, Raquel Arrais came to NPUC and met 75 women leaders for a one-day empowerment seminar and bonding. She affirmed them of their important role in advancing the mission of the church and encouraged more participation in witnessing and evangelism.
Missions and conferences held spiritual retreats using the Women of Virtue program package.
To support the global campaign to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence against women, 12 enditnow campaigns were conducted in different missions and conferences. Government officials conveyed their recognition for having this kind of awareness initiative where Adventists serve as their partner in stopping abuse and violence.
THE FRUIT OF TRAINING AND EMPOWERMENT
In collaboration with the Health Ministries, more or less 300 women were equipped in the Facilitators’ Training on Psychosocial Intervention and Psychological First Aid. A number of them become facilitators in community-based intervention programs for drug surrenderers.
For the continuous certification leadership trainings (level 1-3) held in missions and conferences, WM directors reported 360 new certified leaders. Meaning, they are more prepared to lead in various ministries.
THE FRUIT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES
Trained women facilitators of South-Central Luzon Conference (SCLC), Central Luzon Conference (CLC), Palawan Adventist Mission (PAM) and Mountain Provinces Mission (MPM) are now involved in a pilot program called Family Development Sessions (FDS). We conduct FDS for the beneficiaries of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in selected municipalities and cities. We have a good partnership with municipal and city government and DSWD through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
For the first wave of FDS conducted in Pasay City,
1,320 beneficiaries received their certificates of completion for finishing the CELEBRATIONS series.
• We also led in the ministry to 130 homeless families of Pasay City by giving them health, family, relational and moral development services.
• WM is also active in the Muslim ministry in Baclaran, Paranaque. For more than a year now,
we provide various services for their health and moral development. As a result, the Adventists have already established rapport to at least 50 Muslim parents, 97% of them are women. All of them finished the CELEBRATIONS series as well.
THE FRUIT OF SHARING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS
• In the Philippines for Christ 2018, 65 women became speakers of evangelistic meetings. More than 200 women are leaders of care group ministry and a big number of them gave their support by utilizing their spiritual gifts: teaching, ushering, preaching, cooking, and others. As a result of women-led evangelism, 1,400 new believers accepted Christ as their Personal Savior.
• Women also served sick people, drug surrenderers, elderly citizens, people deprived of liberty (PDL), homeless people, students, and communities. Service beneficiaries expressed their sincere appreciation for the love, encouragement, and resources shared by the Adventists.
THE FRUIT OF TEAMWORK
All the accomplishments of Women’s Ministries are the fruits of the collaborative work and support
of the General Conference, Southern Asia-Pacific Division, North Philippine Union Conference, missions, conferences, institutions, my fellow directors, leaders and women members.`
“ You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
John 15:16, NKJV PRAISE GOD FOR THE FRUITFUL YEAR!
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