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Women’s Ministries Leadership Seminar in Switzerland

Level 3 in St. Stephan from June 24-27, 2021

Women’s Ministries Leadership Seminar in Switzerland

How exciting it was to finally be able to come together to a leadership seminar in person after 15 months of virtual life in beautiful Switzerland! Having lived a large part of my life in Switzerland, it was a great adventure for me personally to head back to the mountains after 22 years. Our anticipation was not dampened by the thunderstorms we encountered on our way. During the short round of introductions, we realized that our group was quite international, with 22 women from Switzerland, Germany, and Belgium. Our parentage and family ties made us even more international. This was also an excellent introduction to our first topic, which was: "Encountering other cultures".
On Friday, we dealt with a total of four topics: "Women in the New Testament", "E.G. White and Women", "My personality", "Recognizing and using spiritual gifts".
On Sabbath we were allowed to sing again, although with masks, it was simply beautiful to praise our heavenly Father together. We had more to discover. What is "Spiritual Mentoring"? How does it work? What is there to consider? We also dealt with women in the New Testament in a completely new way. It was simply exciting to get to know individual women of the Bible more closely in small groups using new methods. I learned new concepts. Or have you ever heard of parallel or chiastic structure?
In the afternoon when we learned about presenting sermons and devotional talks, it went very deep and at the same time, the exchange in the workshops was fun. Sunday was reserved for our Enditnow topic, which is something we are passionate about.
The presentations of the different topics were very varied and authentic. Many thanks to our speakers. It was nice to see how they were fully committed to the cause.
Also, our physical well-being was well taken care of with a lot of variety and love. I always thought that these seminars are for younger women and I don't need them, but I found out that it is worthwhile for all ages and I benefited fully. Not only the topics but also the fellowship was a real enrichment. Thanks be to our heavenly Father that we were able to experience all of this.
 I hope I have made you a little curious and that you will want to take part in the next leadership seminar.
Reported by Dorothea Starek née Hausmann