Both the Phoebe initiative geared towards empowering young adult women, ages 18-35 and the talk show programme the Purple Door, were launched during the Women’s Ministries Convention held on Saturday April 13 at the Sydenham Seventh-day Adventist Church, St. Catherine.
The main purpose of the PHOEBE initiative is to encourage younger women to become more involved in the activities of the church and use of their resources towards the church’s mission.
While the Purple Door seeks to provide a place to address the spiritual, emotional, physical and social needs of young women in the Church, as well as a forum to help address topics and issues as they affect women.
Close to 2000 persons, including women, men, youth and children attended this convention held by the Women’s Ministries’ Department of the Central Jamaica Conference (CJC), of Seventh-day Adventists under the theme, “Beyond the veil”.
The convention featured a rich mixture of songs and discussions with the main presentation coming from Dr. Doreen Morrison, Women’s Ministries Director and Assistant to the President for Evangelism, North East Jamaica Conference (NEJC) of Seventh-day Adventists.
Dr.Morrison charged everyone to step out their comfort zones by accepting Jesus’ invitation to come up higher.
“Today we are invited to come up higher, higher than the mundane things of life, higher than the challenges than seem to get us down and to keep us on the ground, to be in a closer, deeper relationship with Jesus Christ,” she said.
She concluded that by coming up higher, we are better equipped to function as women in the service of the Lord and empower others to do so.
Similarly, Women’s Ministries’ Director, CJC, Claudia Bailey, said that the Phoebe initiative covers three areas that are important in the spiritual growth of both old and young women; nurture, empowerment, and outreach.
• Allows older women to provide spiritual, emotional and social nurturing to the younger girls so that they may experience a vibrant relationship with Jesus.
• Allows older women to provide leadership by training the young women to ensure that every young woman in the church become involve in an area of service.
• Creates trust in relationships so that through continuous interactions they can bring healing to abused girls and young adult women.
• Provides more opportunities for conducting evangelistic programmes throughout the Conference
• Ensures the Involvement in the planning and execution of community impacts.
The name PHOEBE is derived from the bible character of Rom. 16:1-2 16:12 who Paul commended to the Romans.
“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.” (Rom. 16:1-2 16:12).