Looking for ways to connect women through service to others?
There are many opportunities to serve, to find out more ideas from local churches visit our community page where you can sew and reap new ways to serve. On this page we are choosing to highlight ways that you can serve that are connected to the existing efforts of our denomination.
The mission of Women Ministries of the Covenant is to advance God’s kingdom through women. The good work carries on, right into 2016 as we continue to advance God’s work through Missional Moms, Lycée Vanette, Embrace the Change, and AVA (Advocacy for Victims of Abuse).
In 2016, you can partner with Women Ministries in a powerful way – because you have the power! You have the power to impact women — at home or around the world; in areas of advocacy or leadership training; with hands-on and fundraising efforts. You are empowered to choose the initiative that means most to you in your unique setting. We encourage you to support the effort of your choice, prayerfully, financially, and by raising awareness and taking action. Below are the ways we invite you to create your own project in 2016. Choose one or more that work best for you!
While the title is “Missional Moms,” this brand new initiative encourages all women to live missionally. All women need regular opportunities to step outside of their everyday lives to see what God is doing in the world around them – to open their eyes to new ways He might be calling them to advance His mission. Missional Moms provides opportunities through five key areas: gathering, community, catalyzing, vision and mini-vision trips, and mentoring.
Lycee Vanette School for Girls in Congo
The Educate the Girls Project (2006-2007) raised funds to create a school for the education and empowerment of girls in collaboration with the Covenant Church in Congo (CEUM). A building was erected in Karawa, Congo but was left unfinished. It was named Lycée Vanette for Vanette Thorsell, a beloved teacher who served there for many years. The first class of seventeen girls started in the fall of 2012, ages ranging from 12-25. With limited school supplies and much of the building still unfinished, God has called us to finish what we started. Women Ministries and other generous Covenanters are raising funds for supplies, school fees and more so that Congolese women and girls can be educated and empowered to make meaningful contributions to their communities, families, and churches.
To donate to go: http://www.covchurch.org/women/donate
Embrace the Change
Yes, we’ve stopped rolling bandages and making baby goods. But as women who care deeply about people in Congo, we can’t stop helping! We can continue in ways that might be even better! Since it is no longer practical to roll bandages and send them, we can instead provide the funds to pay Congolese women—our sisters in Christ in the CEUM—to make these things on our behalf.
So we invite you to continue to gather, enjoy conversation and productive work for God’s kingdom, and to generate funds to pay women Congo. This will give them the means by which to improve their own lives.
Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA) promotes safety and healing for victims of abuse and help bring an end to violence against women, men and children in our Midwest Conference and Denomination. AVA, a ministry of the Department of Women Ministries, is devoted to making Covenant churches safe sanctuaries and healing communities. It does this by:
– Providing resources for victims of abuse, and those who minister to them,
– Equipping the church to minister to victims of abuse, and
– Promoting preventative measures against abuse.
Mending the Soul has materials we are using and suggest you use which will assist you to bring specific training to walk with a survivor through healing.
Of course funding AVA is a great way to serve but bringing AVA to your church and/or women ministry is an even greater opportunity.
The goal of the Special Interest Missionary (SIM) program is for all woman missionaries in the Covenant – single, married, active, or retired – to be partnered with specific affiliates in our local Covenant churches. This crucial networking between missionary and home support group begins when each Covenant woman missionary is linked with one of the ten conferences for a three year period. Women Ministries groups are encouraged to support our Covenant missionaries around the world through the Special Interest Missionary (SIM) program.
Funds help to provide a special ministry need for an active missionary. For example, a woman working in Honduras may want to start an after-school program for kids, providing crafts and activities to further their development, create conversation and protect the children until the parents arrive home from work.
Besides funding these efforts SIMs also find comfort in a card and of course the covering of prayer. Supporting a SIM is simple and can be a great add-on to an existing event. For example one church had cards at every table during their annual Christmas brunch. They simply passed the blank card around and allowed each woman to write a note of encouragement. To find a list of the SIM for your area as well as their contact information download our brochure.
For more information go to: http://www.covchurch.org/women/global/
On going project: Raise the Flag
We are honored to be able to bring international guests to our conference and to Triennial. Every three years our conference sponsors a delegate who travels around our 6-state area to meet with you prior to attending Triennial.
Raise the flag is our project which raises funds to sponsor her to come. Many were blessed in 2010 when we sponsored Noriko Kawamura who traveled from Japan to attend Triennial XIV and in 2013 we sponsored Tomoko Katsumata of Japan to attend Triennial XIII.
Sabuli Sanguma of DR Congo was our guest traveling around our Midwest Conference prior to Triennial XV with Marta Klein, missionary to DR Congo.
These three beautiful women joined many other international women sponsored by churches in other conferences at Triennials.
Be thinking of what you can do between now and our next Triennial in 2019 to raise funds to bring another international guest to our conference and how you will strive to make our guest feel welcome in your area.
We get so busy serving other women in our community and world that we forget to serve the women who work alongside of us. Every effective Women Minstries is successful because of a team. Take the time to acknowledge the heart and soul of your ministry by honoring a woman who has faithfully served in your church body. Women Ministries Sunday (in February) is a great time to recognize women in your church who particularly exemplify faithful service to Christ through the church fellowship. Contact us to request recognition awards (silver logo pin and card) which are available to present to the deserving women in your congregation.