Newsdesk this month is devoted to the five-year retrospectives from the specialized ministries through which Adventist members in the Pacific Union are nurturing discipleship and spiritual growth and reaching out to the communities of the Pacific Southwest.
Women’s Ministries continues to be as enthusiastic as ever about serving God through their various programs and outreach. In spite of challenges and obstacles, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic, Women’s Ministries has stayed focused on why they do what they do.
Pacific Union Conference Women’s Ministries is led by Dorothy Means. She is a licensed social worker who loves using creative solutions to empower others. She has been serving as PUC Women’s Ministries Director for more than five years.
Using Titus 2:3-5 as their guiding principle, Women’s Ministries serves women through mentorship, training, prayer, education, and nurturing for the salvation of others. The following are just a few of the projects and programs they have been involved in.
• Nurturing and caring for women who are hurting because of abuse, by raising awareness and providing resources and support through the General Conference’s End It Now abuse awareness campaign.
• Supporting women in their educational endeavors with proceeds from the sale of Women’s Ministries devotional books.
• Serving on local church boards and working collaboratively with pastors, as well as staying involved in respective local communities, schools, and organizations. Women’s Ministries believes that the “work and presence are inevitable as we fulfill our mission and the purpose God has created us to be, do and share.”
• Hosting events such as Crucial Connections in January 2020, led by the Arizona Conference. Topics included the four stages of emotional intelligence. Over 110 women attended the event. The Called and Anointed virtual conference was held on March 7, 2021. The seminar covered topics such as the concerns and questions of women in ministry. The event was also a safe place for mature women in ministry to mentor younger women. This event was organized and facilitated by the Southeastern California Conference.
• The Young Women’s Board in Northern California serves women and families, along with teens and young women. Northern California also has an international outreach that helps widows in Africa. Nevada-Utah Women’s Ministries spreads cheer at a local nursing facility through the distribution of bright yellow handmade emoji pillows, just one of their many other service and outreach projects.
Overall, Pacific Union Women’s Ministries wants “God’s love to be seen through our worship, fellowship, discipleship, and relationships as we model the love of Christ.”