SDA women charged to take up leadership roles
Women have been encouraged to avail themselves of leadership roles and opportunities within their communities and the nation as a whole.
That is because by the way they were created, they had been equipped to manage and make a difference, hence the need for them to serve their communities with those qualities.
At the Sabbath Service to climax the five-day Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church National Women’s Ministries Congress, the Women’s Ministry Director for the West-Central Africa Division, Dr Omobonike Adeola Sessou, said women should understand that they possessed the potential that was necessary for them to be able to impact their homes, churches, communities and countries.
“All that we are trying to say and do here is to help our women to live their full potential and impact their homes, communities and the nation,” the Director, whose supervision covers 22 countries, said.
Since the inception of the women’s ministries in 1995, the congress has been held every four years at a selected town or region to take stock, empower the women and plan for the future.
This year’s event, hosted by Accra, ended last Saturday at the University of Ghana.
During the period, the delegates discussed the critical importance of education, abuse against women, skills training and community empowerment.
Additionally, there were prayer convocations, bible studies and musical concerts, consecration and candlelight procession services.
In attendance were President of the Southern Ghana Union Conference, Dr Thomas Techie Ocran; Southern Ghana Union Conference Women’s Ministries Director, Christiana Agyenim-Boateng; the Northern Ghana Union Conference Women’s Ministries Director, Vida Linda Gyasi; the Accra City Conference Director, Dr Felicia Owusu-Ansah; the Southwest Ghana Conference Director, Mercy Bioh, and the Ashanti Central Ghana Conference Director, Lydia Forkuo.
Also present at the Sabbath Service were the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) National Women’s Organiser, Grace Acheampong; former Communications Director and representative from Valley View University, Pastor Joe Aaron Hagan.
Be the light
Dr Mrs Sessou reminded the congregation that the work of Adventist women was to tell everybody that Jesus was coming again.
“We are also urging you to go back home and get involved in mission.
Mission here means try to show the love of Christ to people around you, try to be the best of wives you can be, the best citizen in the republic and try to offer a helping hand to the suffering ones.
“We believe that God has blessed our congress and we are all going home with renewed strength, energy and the determination to do what God wants us to do and to become light in the darkness of this world,” she added.
The Southern Ghana Union Conference Women’s Ministries Director, Mrs Agyenim-Boateng, said she believed the participants had been empowered with all the messages and training undertaken and advised them to use the knowledge acquired to the benefit of their communities.
“We want to advise all women in our church that this is the time to get involved with all that we have learnt so that women in our communities will also benefit from it.
Let the communities benefit from the knowledge that you have,” she said.