Second Sabbath in July
NAD Working Policy FW17
[NOTE: This is an addition to the policy that mandates how conferences and unions handle the offering.]
FW 17 05 — In sharing the offering with the participating conferences and unions, it is the intention of the NAD Women’s Ministries Department to provide funds for conference and union Women’s Ministries departments to enable them to plan and conduct ministry activities and events.
FW 17 10 — The annual NAD Women’s Ministries Offering shall be distributed and used according to the following guidelines.
1. The NAD Women’s Ministries Offering shall be distributed:
2. The offering shall be used by the Women’s Ministries Department in the conference, union, or division and restricted to:
a. Evangelistic outreach sponsored by the Women’s Ministries Department
b. Leadership training for women
c. Other projects as directed by the Women’s Ministries Department
3. All offering funds shall be disbursed in consultation with the women’s ministries director/liaison of the respective conference, union, or division.
Sample Offering Appeal
Today’s offering is for the North American Division Women’s Ministries, which was first established in 1898 at the urging of Ellen G. White. In the book Evangelism we find her marching orders to the women of the church:
“The Lord has a work for women as well as for men. They may take their places in His work at this crisis, and He will work through them. If they are imbued with a sense of their duty and labor under the influence of the Holy Spirit, they will have just the self-possession required for this time. The Saviour will reflect upon these self-sacrificing women the light of His countenance, and will give them a power that exceeds that of men. They can do in families a work that men cannot do, a work that reaches the inner life. They can come close to the hearts of those whom men cannot reach. Their labor is needed (Ellen G. White, Evangelism, p. 464).
All across the North American Division, from the United States to Canada and from Bermuda to Guam-Micronesia, the women of the church are engaged in serving others. They give Bible studies, hold evangelistic series, and minister to those in shelters for battered and homeless women. They provide for the needs of families seeking refuge on our shores from oppressive regimes, teach English as a second language classes, tutor school children, and make bags of love for children who are displaced from their homes or their parents. The women of the church are making a significant difference in their communities and their congregations. I invite you to make a generous gift today to affirm their work and ministry.