Women from across the Newfoundland and Labrador Division gathered for two weekend camps led by Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, world secretary for women’s ministries, returning to her home territory and division.
Close to 400 women attended the two camps, held at Twin Ponds Camp and Camp Starrigan in May and June. Worship leadership for the weekends was provided by Commissioner Peddle’s daughters and son-in-law, Stephanie Forystek and Captains Krista and Tim Andrews, divisional youth secretaries, Newfoundland and Labrador Division.
In the opening session on Friday evening, Captain Krista Andrews interviewed and introduced Forystek and Commissioner Peddle, 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, the women 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, emphasizing God’s love for them and that when we reach out to him, Jesus 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 totaled more than $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 through the story of Hagar and encouraged the women to know Christ in a personal way. Many women came to the mercy seat and some accepted Christ for the first time. An offering was taken on Sunday morning that raised $2,600 for overseas small missions projects.