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A Christmas to Remember
How the Women in Lebanon open the church to the community
Christmas, the celebration of the birth of the greatest giver of all time, is characterized by giving and sharing. The Women's Ministries Department of the local church in Lebanon took this mandate to heart by sharing the joy and warmth of Christmas with the elderly ladies of the community.
Under the leadership of Sana Issa, the head of this ministry, subcommittees were formed to plan the Christmas program and meal. Issa and other members of her group welcomed the ladies to the brightly lit cafeteria. The program consisted of a song service, inspirational comments, and a reading of the Christmas story. The women were touched by the uplifting words.
A wonderful time of fellowship ensued as the women shared a meal as well as sharing their hearts' joys together. At one point, one of the invitees got up to sing a hymn in Arabic.
Each woman was given a gift bag which included an Arabic copy of Steps to Christ, Desire of Ages or The Great Controversy, a pen, and the Bible Answers Your Questions. One of the ladies has asked to join a ladies' prayer group that meets every Tuesday evening. Issa was pleased with the results of the day. "The purpose of this event was to raise awareness about the Adventist church and its desire to serve the community by sharing the good news of salvation. I believe we have accomplished that goal today."
-Eileen Ghali, Beirut
Lebanon is part of the East Mediterranean Field, with 7 churches; membership, 556;
population, 29,578,00. (Source, YEARBOOK, 2008)
Classic reading for Women's leaders:
Grace Notes Devotional Book for Women
Edited by Ardis Dick Stenbakken
Ellen White On Leadership
by Cindy Tutsch
Women of Spirit Magazine
Available in English, French, and Spanish
Prayer - and Love's Languages
The 2009 International Women's Day of Prayer packet, "Prayer - and Love's Languages" by Soledad Alvarez de Sanchez is available to download free at adventistwomensministries.org. For French, German, and Spanish translation, contact GC WM.
5 things you will find online this month
- International Women's Day of Prayer Package
- Fresh ideas for International Women's Day of Prayer
- Touch of Joy
- Women's Ministries Six Issues Spot
- A Ministry for Every Woman Spot