Our October meeting in Chicago proved once again to be a time of inspiration, forward thinking and a realization of the huge task at hand to fulfill our mission. 2017 brought several new sisters into the women's service team as others transitioned out. This team consists of the Elders Service Team wives and the wives of those on the Evangelist Service Team. The women on the Teachers' Service Team have also been a part of the group. Together, we try to keep issues pertinent to the sisters around the world in focus as we seek to fulfill our team's purpose.
The mission of the women's committee is:
Inspiring women globally to grow spiritually, connect, and advance the gospel.
Of late, communication has still been pinpointed as the greatest service the women's team can provide. Plans of developing a communications subcommittee that explores options of ways to gather and share spiritual resources and training materials for women in leadership was identified as a need we will work towards. We continue to send devotionals, lessons and good news concerning women to women church leaders around the world weekly. The response has been extremely meaningful. This also helps us to feel more connected.
In the most recent gathering of the women's service team several topics were discussed. First, a top concern was uniting women generationally as God's daughters across the world. There was a strong desire expressed to find ways of representing every demographic of women in our fellowship. We spoke of striving to represent a voice for those who are not able to attend meetings. We acknowledged that it will take a concerted effort to ensure that we are truly representing the voices of the sisters in every part of the world and across our collective generations. We want to strive to gain a wide range of perspectives and to hear the needs from sisters in each stage of life. One suggestion brought forward was to find more non-paid ministry sisters that deeply have the women's ministry on their hearts. That we would work to involve them and to gather their input, their suggestions and ultimately their participation in achieving our mission.
We landed on a decision to continue utilizing a globally recognized day to highlight our vision. The global "International Women's Day" takes place every year on March 8th. The 2018 theme for us will be "Push for Spiritual Progress" So on March 7th of 2018 we will have a day of prayer and fasting for the sisters in all of our churches. Then we are asking that on March 8th the sisters around the world act on that prayer and push for spiritual progress as they serve God in whatever way God has so moved them. We feel that this event will be both unifying and productive and can continue to serve as an annual event for our sisterhood. Our goal is to continue to capitalize on this day each year. Annually we will come together in whatever ways we can to meet the needs of the women around us. Our vision is to see a greater level of unity through prayer, servitude, Bible studies, meeting the needs of the poor or even some day rallying women to hear God's word preached at conferences around the world.
You can read about this year's exciting time and all the ways God has moved by clicking here: Be Bold for Spiritual Change.
Also please note this important website providing resources for growth and inspiration, Women Today.
Our committee consists of the following women:
Kim Evans - Elders Wives Service Team Chair
Marci Arneson - Evangelist Wives Service Team Chair
Wives of Evangelists Service Team: Rolayo Ogbonnaya (Lagos); Vicky Auki (Nairobi); Faridah Enrile (Manilla); Caroline George (Bangalore); Siu Wai Wong (Hong Kong); Anne-Brigitte Taliaferro (San Antonio); Patty Asaad (Dallas); Marci Arneson (Chicago); Cynthia Powell (New York); Joyce Arthur (Boston); Kay McKean (N.Virginia); Renee Quint (Los Angeles); Tatyana Zhuravlev (Moscow); Helen Nanjundan (London); Tatiana Kravetz (Kiev); Silvia Mendez (Mexico City); Sarai Serra (Buenos Aires)
Wives of Elders Service Team: Jeanie Shaw (Boston); Abigail Ereola (Lagos); Gloria Baird (Phoenix); Sally Hooper (Dallas); Elexa Liu (Hong Kong); Pat Brush (S. Florida); Linda Brumley (San Diego); Mary Lou Craig (New York); Geri Laing (S. Florida); Kim Evans (Philadelphia); Erica Kim (Denver); Sharon Gauthier (Chicago); Erlyn Sugarman (Los Angeles)
Women on the Teacher's Service Team: Deb Anton (Virginia Beach), Tammy Flemming (Seattle), Suzette Lewis (Toronto), Kay McKean (N.Virginia)