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Nov15FriHundreds of women attend Salvation Army conference in Gander, N.L. November 15, 2019
(Above) From left, Jackie Ferguson, Lt-Col Genevera Vincent, Dayna Curtis, Mjr Beth Pearo and Mjr Jennifer Reid at the Women of Purpose conference in Gander, N.L.
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Following more than two years of planning, nearly 400 women attended the first ever women’s conference for the Newfoundland and Labrador Division. The conference, which took place in Gander, N.L., in October, took the theme “Women of Purpose: Shaping Our World.”
At the beginning of the weekend, Lt-Colonel Genevera Vincent, divisional director of women’s ministries, and Major Jennifer Reid, divisional secretary for women’s ministries, shared their vision for the event.
“We envisioned rich worship led by our guest worship leader, Dayna Curtis, and a rich time in God’s Word from our guest speaker, Major Beth Pearo,” said Major Reid. “We hope women who are already living their lives with purpose will be re-energized to get out there and make a difference, and we hope women who are a little unsure of what their purpose is right now will discover their full potential in Christ.”
Lt-Colonel Vincent issued a challenge to those gathered: “It would be wonderful if we all could believe about ourselves that we are women of purpose. That’s going to look different for every woman gathered, but what a force we can be across our province if we believe that and live it!”
Many components of the weekend helped create a spiritually deepening experience, including empowering stories from women of purpose, including Cadet Alecia Barrow of the Newfoundland and Labrador Division.
“We give God all the praise for the women who responded to the challenge from his Word to shape our world and be a true woman of purpose,” says Major Reid, noting that participants are already inquiring as to when the next conference will be held.