Mrs. Jacqueline V. Gibson
Women’s Ministries Director
2015 Women’s Ministries Signature Text
Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. NKJV
“I believe that there is a specific work for God that only women can do. If we don’t do it, then who will? All we have to be is available, willing and soaked with God’s Holy Spirit”.
Prayer for the Year
“Let your prayer be, ‘Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.’ This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ” (Steps to Christ, p. 66).
History of Women’s Ministries
Women's Ministries was originally started in 1898 by Mrs. S. M. I. Henry who served as its first director. When Mrs. Henry died in 1900 no new director was appointed and the work begun under her died out. The idea of such a specialized ministry was taken up again beginning in 1973. Over the next 22 years the concept gained momentum. At the division level, North America began Women's Ministries in 1989 and the General Conference voted the Office of Women's Ministries at the Annual Council in 1990 under the leadership of Rose Otis. In 1995 the General Conference in Session voted that Women's Ministries should become a full department. Between 1990 and 1996 each Division established its own Women's Ministries department. Heather-Dawn Small serves as Director of the General Conference Department of Women's Ministries; Raquel Arrais is the Associate Director.
Objectives of Our Department
1. Assess and plan programs and initiatives to meet the needs of every woman in the South Bahamas Conference.
2. To strengthen the spiritual bond of women through prayer for and with each other.
3. To conduct training preparation sessions, which will combine evangelism and outreach ministry.
4. To eradicate illiteracy, and offering training for unskilled women in our local constituency.
5. To build goodwill and provide support with women in the family of islands.
6. To create an intense experience of renewal, revival and fellowship among the women of the South Bahamas Conference.
7. To provide nurture and support to all women, including the elderly, divorced and widows.
8. To establish a youth arm to Women’s Ministries to facilitate the continuity of its service to the Church.
Twenty Years of Women's Ministries
Women’s Ministries is celebrating its 20th anniversary of becoming an official department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. This is a wonderful way to begin a new year as we celebrate God’s leading and abundant blessings in the past 20 years. We invite you also to celebrate at Women’s Ministries gatherings this year in your local churches.