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In January the Voice of Prophecy (VOP) radio broadcast began featuring a new on-air team of speakers. The broadcast has also changed programming formats, and instead of one speaker, each broadcast features two speakers, a man and a woman.
The half-hour weekend broadcast features Connie Vandeman Jeffery with co-host and director of Voice of Prophecy, Fred Kinsey. They dialogue on spiritual applications of current events and interview interesting authors, mission workers, and others.
The weekday 15-minute broadcast team includes Pastor Elizabeth Viera Talbot and Pastor Mike Tucker, speaker-director of Faith for Today.
When asked why VOP now includes women as co-hosts of all its on-air shows, director Fred Kinsey had this to say: “There are studies that suggest that women are what is holding the Christian church together in North America. This is definitely true for Christian radio. Religious media consultants suggest that 70 percent of the religious radio market is female and that they control the majority of funding and contributions. Did this enter into my decision to feature more women on the Voice of Prophecy? Certainly, but in addition I wanted our listeners to benefit from a feminine perspective on the Gospel. I think the new ‘air team’ for the Voice of Prophecy accomplishes that, for which I am grateful. Plus, it provides more interest for the listening audience.”
Elizabeth Talbot is scheduled to be one of the plenary speakers at the North American Division Women’s Convention in Dallas, September 25-27. Connie Vandeman Jeffery is moderator of the first television series for Adventist women called Keeping the Faith, which airs on the Hope Channel and can be purchased as a 14-part series on DVD from AdventSource.
Women’s Ministries Director
Remember when you learned your ABCs, or the day you learned to count to 100? How about that favorite teacher who believed in you and unlocked some educational mystery that put you on a path to life-long learning? Guess what? YOU too can have that same influence in the life of a child or youth today! Why not join the Alliance for Youth Project sponsored by Adventist Community Services (ACS) and the Office of Volunteer Ministries (OVM)? We need you to help make a difference by building lasting friendships through tutoring and mentoring in the community where you live, study or work.
ACS/OVM Tutoring and Mentoring is an early intervention program that impacts the lives of children and their families by providing educational services in which volunteer tutors supply the individual attention that a disadvantaged child needs in order to achieve academic adequacy.
ACS/OVM Tutoring and Mentoring mobilizes charitable volunteer organizations across the nation to meet the needs of America’s children and youth. Of particular interest are children from low-income households and single-parent families living in neighborhoods where violence, alcohol, drugs, and crowded schools make it difficult for them to learn.
ACS/OVM offers comprehensive leadership training for local church volunteers who seek to initiate and organize a community-based tutoring and/or mentoring program from the ground up.
Why not give us a call at 800-331-2767 or visit www.HeSaidGo.net today to find out how YOU can get involved and start a child on his or her way? Come join the Alliance!
Site Development Coordinator
NAD Office of Volunteer Ministries
WOMEN’S EVANGELISM RESULTS IN NEW CHURCH
In March 2008 Teresa Shelton and Kathy Jones participated in a ShareHim evangelistic series in San Salvador. They returned home to Muskogee, Okla., on fire from the way the Holy Spirit had used them to win people to Christ. But the Holy Spirit wasn’t finished with Teresa and Kathy. They felt inspired that the women of the Muskogee church should hold a ShareHim series in the nearby town of Eufaula which did not have an Adventist church.
After much prayer and searching, they found a venue at the fairgrounds in Eufaula. The series opened September 15 with 35 guests. Teresa and Kathy led out with the ShareHim sermons and graphics, and the women of the Muskogee church acted as greeters and prayer warriors. They also provided nightly snacks and Sabbath fellowship meals.
Nine people were baptized at the end of the series, enough to organize a brand new church. Now there are 20 people worshiping each Sabbath in the town where there had never been an Adventist church!
When women allow the Holy Spirit to use them, He can and will do amazing things.
|Soup kitchen staff and helper include, from left, Josiah Almeyda, Audra Almeyda, Barbara Blommer, Janice Randolph, Lori Forbes, and Audrey Almeyda.|
When Barbara Blommer was widowed four years ago at the age of 70, she felt that she needed something useful to do. One night as she was praying about it, she was strongly impressed that she should start a soup kitchen in her church in Woodland Park, Colo.
When she first brought up the idea to the church board there were various concerns—her age, her bad knees, the liability to the church, and security—but Barbara persisted. Eventually the church of approximately 25 members agreed to let her operate the soup kitchen at the church two days a week. She set up three tables with tablecloths, placemats, and flowers to seat approximately 18 people on a side room accessed by the back door to the church. A sign was placed by the road next to the church sign saying “Free Soup, All Welcome, Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 1:00 p.m.”
On the first day no one showed up. Eventually Barbara and her daughter, Jamie Johnston, took the homemade soup and bread to the road construction crew out front. That night Barbara prayed again, promising God if He would send at least five people that would be enough to make the soup kitchen worthwhile. The next day five people came, and soon the numbers grew to 10, then 15, 20 and some days more than 30.
Surprisingly, Barbara’s clients are not necessarily the indigent. Instead, many are senior citizens who love to come for the friendship and camaraderie. Local school employees stop by during their lunch hour, as well as bankers, real estate agents, construction crews, delivery people, and, occasionally, the homeless. Soon after the soup kitchen opened, the local health department inspector arrived, but Barbara, a retired health department nurse, was ready for him. They worked together to fill out paperwork.
Then the inspector told Barbara that she must obtain a commercial refrigerator and a few other costly appliances. Since the church didn’t have the funds to meet this stipulation, it became another serious topic of prayer. People in the local health department learned about it and felt the inspector was being overly zealous. Soon he was replaced. His supervisor came in later, and as Barbara showed him the kitchen, he told her she was doing a good work and left. That was the last time the local health department visited the soup kitchen.
Now women in the community from various denominations help serve soup and wash dishes. And women in the church who cannot help during the day offer their time in the evenings to clean the kitchen, mop and wax the floor. Other church members, along with their children, help serve soup and clean off the tables.
Barbara refuses to accept donations at the soup kitchen, because she doesn’t want anyone to feel uncomfortable if they cannot give a donation. If someone insists, she gives them a tithe envelope and asks them to donate through the church. Recently, a retired school principal dropped off a $200 donation, saying this was a good service and he wanted to help.
The soup kitchen has been a wonderful ministry to so many people, in ways Barbara never dreamed of originally. It is another example of how the Holy Spirit blesses women when they are open to His leading.
|2009 Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day
||2009 Día de Énfasis del Ministerio de la Mujer|
WHAT: Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day, an annual event on the Church’s official Calendar of Days and Events, is an opportunity for the Women’s Ministries Department to plan a full day of activities featuring the women of the church—including Sabbath School, the worship service, a fellowship dinner, and perhaps an afternoon program.
WHEN: The second Sabbath in June is the suggested date each year, but each church should feel free to schedule
it when it best fits into their
|QUE: El Día de Énfasis del Ministerio de la Mujer, un evento anual en el Calendario oficial de la Iglesia de Días y Eventos, es una oportunidad del Departamento de Ministerio de la Mujer para planear un día lleno de actividades que presenten las mujeres incluyendo la Escuela Sabática, el servicio de adoración, un almuerzo de compañerismo, y quizás un programa por la tarde.
CUANDO: El segundo sábado de junio es la fecha
sugerida cada año, cada iglesia deben sentirse libre planificarlo cuando mejor queda en su calendario.
Outreach Ministry Planned at Convention
At the Women’s Convention in Dallas we are planning a God in Shoes outreach project to make an impact on the City of Dallas. Friday morning, September 25, we will take busloads of convention attendees to women’s shelters and children’s hospitals in the city to minister to the needs of homeless women and their children, as well as to sick children in area children’s hospitals.
Volunteers are needed to go to women’s shelters to treat women residents to “spa time” and deliver gift items. If you can do manicures, neck/shoulder massages, or cut hair, please bring your own supplies and plan to go with us to take Jesus’ healing touch to women living in difficult circumstances.
You may sign up for God in Shoes on PlusLine when you register for the convention. To register, visit www.nadwm.org and click on "Free Indeed." Participants are needed even if you can’t bring supplies.
Outreach ministry participants should plan to arrive at the Hilton Anatole Hotel on Thursday, September 24, for orientation, which will be held after 6 p.m.
Se necesitan voluntarias para ir a refugios de mujeres y ofrecerles servicios de belleza y darles algunos artículos de regalo. Si usted puede hacer manicure, masajes de cuello/hombro, o cortar el pelo, por favor traiga sus propias provisiones y planee ir con nosotros para dar el toque de curación de Jesús a mujeres que viven en circunstancias difíciles.
Usted puede enrolarse para “Dios en Zapatos” cuando usted se registre para la convención. Inscríbase en línea en www.nadwm.org; en la página principal pulse en "Free Indeed." Los participantes son necesarios aun si usted no puede traer provisiones.
Las participantes de este ministerio de alcance, debería planear llegar al Hotel de Hilton Anatole el jueves, 24 de septiembre, para la orientación, que será dada después de las 6:00 pm.
Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day
Theme: “Worshiping from the Heart”
||NAD Women’s Ministries Offerng|
Abuse Prevention Emphasis Day
Theme: “Support for the Victim and Their Family”
|Sept. 25-27|| North American Division Women’s Convention,
Theme: “Free Indeed”
*This is only a suggested date for observing this special day. Please work with your pastor to find the best date for your church.
|The NAD Women’s Ministries Department has developed five more pamphlets containing ideas for women’s programs or ministries that are currently being used successfully in churches in North America.
Two of the pamphlets are in English, and three are in the Spanish language (see below). The new English pamphlets, which are FREE to everyone working in women’s ministries, include the following topics:
|Nuevos Folletos de Ministerio de la Mujer Disponibles
Estos tres folletos en español son diseñados para darle la información sobre los acontecimientos anuales de Ministerio de la Mujer así como ideas para la programación.
Los folletos, son GRATIS para quien está trabajando en Ministerio de la Mujer, incluyen los temas siguientes:
Para ordenar sus folletos, llame al 301-680-6427 ó electrónico email@example.com.
Día de Énfasis de Ministerio de la Mujer
Tema: “Adorando con el Corazón"
||Ofrenda para Ministerio de la Mujer
de la División Norteamericana
Día de Énfasis sobre Prevención del Abuso
Tema: “Apoyando a la Víctima y a su familia”
Convención de Mujeres de la División Norteamericana en Dallas, TX
Tema: “Realmente Libre”
*Esta es solamente una fecha sugerida para celebrar este día especial. Por favor, trabaje con su pastor para encontrar la fecha adecuada para su iglesia.