EPC women seek to have more than a Sunday faith. They are women who desire to be disciples of Jesus and to care about those things that He cares about. Many women today are interested in social justice that accompanies the preaching and teaching of the Word.
In his first sermon, Jesus quoted the words of Isaiah: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18,19) He claimed that he was fulfilling the prophecy. He HAS set us free from the burden of our sin and from death itself. We have the opportunity as His ambassadors to take the word and apply the deed of this freedom to those in our world.
Women in Ministry (WIM) seeks to develop leaders who engage ministry in their community and the world—global thinkers and leaders. Join with us in denomination wide missional focus that is timely and strategic for women. We encourage you to consider partnering to assist Women of Hope International in Sierra Leone in a current crisis.
As all of West Africa continues to wrestle with the Ebola virus, Christ has called the church to be first responders in the midst of crisis and serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in a hurting nation. Would you partner with Women of Hope International as they work to restore dignity, instill purpose and facilitate life transformation for women with disabilities and their families as their struggle is now compounded in the midst of the Ebola crisis?
Women of Hope International engages and encourages women affected by disabilities in Sierra Leone bringing hope and shalom to their families and communities. National staff members on site build relationships of hope by providing support, advocacy, training and equipping in evangelism and discipleship, health education, economic empowerment and literacy.
WHY: Christ has called us to enter into relationship with those on the fringes of society meeting tangible needs and proclaiming the hope found only in Jesus. Most women with disabilities are ostracized by their families and relegated to begging in order to make ends meet and are therefore the most vulnerable women in an already impoverished and predominantly Muslim nation. This ministry seeks to transform these women from dependency to contribution while pointing them to the hope of an eternity in loving relationship with Christ.
THIS YEAR’S SPECIFIC FOCUS: The Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has currently reshaped the priorities of how Women of Hope is supporting women with disabilities and their families. The staff distributes emergency supplemental food packages to the women and their families as they continue providing other assistance. In an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, government quarantines, lock downs and curfews have now interrupted an entire agricultural cycle, causing widespread food shortages throughout Sierra Leone. The far-reaching effects of the Ebola epidemic are expected to surpass that of the decade-long civil war.
OPPORTUNITY FOR AN ON-GOING RELATIONAL PARTNERSHIP: Click on the Women of Hope International website at: WomenofHopeInternational.org to investigate monthly sponsorship of an individual woman.
Send contributions in any amount made payable to “EPC” and make a note on the memo line “FaithFocus 2015”.
Mail contributions to:
Evangelical Presbyterian Church
ATTN: Treasurer (WIM-038)
17197 N. Laurel Park Drive, Suite 567
Livonia, MI 48152
To request the Faith Focus Resource Packet: EPC Women In Ministry
Our EPC missionaries serve oftentimes in countries in which women are oppressed in many ways (child marriages, female circumcision, wife burning, dowry punishments, rape). Since our World Outreach ministry gathers these servants every four years, we want especially to encourage our women missionaries who serve in areas of the globe where this kind of cultural oppression is in the air they breath. This segment of the project will take place as our EPC missionaries assemble at the Family Gathering in Budapest, Hungary July 2014.
We will be providing limited grants to our missionaries who apply to work in a holistic ministry to heal, restore and redirect the lives of women who have been oppressed in the communities in which they serve.
We want to create awareness of the immensity of the problem of sexual trafficking in our own country—yes, in your community! You will find resources on our website. Many of our churches are involved in ministries in their communities.