Women from across the Newfoundland and Labrador Division, Canada and Bermuda Territory, gathered for two weekend camps led by Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (World Secretary for Women’s Ministries), who was returning from International Headquarters in London to her home territory and division.
Close to 400 women attended the two events, held at Twin Ponds Camp and Camp Starrigan in May and June. Worship leadership for the weekends was provided by Commissioner Peddle’s daughters, Captain Krista Andrews and Stephanie Forystek, and son-in-law, Captain Tim Andrews.
In the opening session on Friday evening, Captain Krista Andrews interviewed and introduced her sister and mother, giving opportunity for all three to share their personal testimonies. Commissioner Peddle then introduced the theme for the weekend, 'Luggage of Life', encouraging the women to let go of the unnecessary baggage that can hinder their walk with Christ. Her first message focused on the story of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).
On Saturday, delegates participated in various activities, including a prayer walk, Bible study, adult colouring and manicures/pedicures. During the evening session, Commissioner Peddle spoke from Luke 13:10-17, the story of the bent-over woman, drawing a connection between her and women who may be bent over with the challenges of life. She spoke words of encouragement, emphasising God’s love for her listeners and reminding them that when they reach out to Jesus, he can do great things.
Commissioner Peddle also introduced the women’s ministries’ territorial project for 2016, supporting ministries in Liberia. She shared insights into the lives of the people of Liberia and gave thanks to God for the funds raised, which totalled more than CA$19,000. She prayed that these funds would be used to enrich, comfort and bless Liberians, and that people would come to know God’s provision and unconditional love.
In the final session on Sunday morning, Commissioner Peddle spoke about grief and grace, as shown through the story of Hagar. She encouraged the women to know Christ in a personal way. Many women came to the mercy seat – as had happened in the weekend's other sessions – and some accepted Christ for the first time. An offering was taken on Sunday morning that raised CA$2,600 for overseas small missions projects.