Women, Go Tell The World
06 09, 13 16:54 Filed in: Women's Ministries
Article By: Sheila Wood, Women’s Ministries Leader
Cayman Island Conference
From August 29 - September 1, Denise Johnson, Women's Ministries Director for the Atlantic Caribbean Union led a delegation of 15 ladies from the union to attend the Inter- American Division's Women's Ministries Convention. Under the theme, "Women, Go Tell the World," the event was held at the Hilton Hotel in Miami, Florida. More than 600 Women's Ministries leaders from the 22 Unions within Inter-American Division were reminded of their mission to tell the world about the love of Christ. Adventist World Church Women’s Ministries Director, Heather-Dawn Small challenged the ladies to step out of their comfort zones and focus on connecting with those around their communities and cities.“Sometimes you must live the Word, not just speak it,” added Small.
According to Cecilia Iglesias, Women’s Ministries Director of the church in Inter-America, the aim of the convention was to equip women to continue being effective in evangelism in whichever area they serve in the church. During the convention, which was the largest ever for the Division, there was an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding women in Leadership and Evangelism. Amonng them were Neila Jones and Fredia Blake from the Cayman Islands Conference. Neila Jones who recieved the leadership award is an ordained elder of the Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cayman Brac and serves the church in variious minstries such as Children's Ministries director, Adventurer Club director, and choir leader. According to the locals, she is known as the "Mother Theresa" of Cayman Brac.
Frieda Blake who was recognized as an outstanding female evangelist, has served her local church faithfully and diligently over the past five decades. She has filled roles such as Missionary Volunteer (now Advent Youth) Leader, Community Service Leader, and Interest Coordinator. She currently serves as an ordained elder and children’s division leader at her local church.
According to Denise Johnson, during the sessions the ladies were motivated to use what they have as they witnessed for Christ. They left with a zeal to work within their home fields and churches in doing more to advance the gospel. The ladies look forward to the Atlantic Caribbean Union's Women's Ministries Retreat which will be held in Nassau, Bahamas from September 20-22, 2013.