After experiencing a wonderful Prayer Conference last year, which featured a variety of

speakers, including Actress Karen Abercrombie from the movie “War Room” and DeeAnn Beegraw, North American Division Women’s Ministry Director, this year’s visit to various areas of the conference was equally rewarding. During this visit, I had the opportunity to connect with the women of theCentral States Conference, learn from their diverse cultures, and share a common desire for a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. As I traveled across the conference, I had the chance to learn, assist, train, encourage, and fellowship, all in the pursuit of building God’s kingdom.

So, my travels took me throughout the conference, offering me the opportunity to learn, assist, train, encourage, and engage in fellowship while contributing to the growth of God’s kingdom.

In March, I had the pleasure of attending wonderful worship services with the Omaha South Hispanic Church, led by Sis. Elizabeth Gamez. Following this, I enjoyed fellowship with the Beacon Light of Kansas City, Missouri, led by Sis. Debbie Mann, and then I returned to my home church in St. Joseph, Missouri, under the leadership of Regina Angandja. It was a blessed and fulfilling Women’s Day.

Moving into April, we hosted our Hispanic Women’s Retreat in Fremont, Nebraska, featuring Sis. Gladys S. Guerrero from the North American Division as our speaker. We then visited the Philadelphia Church in Des Moines, Iowa, led by Sis. Carolyn Irby.

May was marked by inspiring events. The Bethel Church in Kansas City, Kansas, under the leadership of Sis. Loretta Collins, saw women from various walks of life sharing their testimonies. The Great Lakes Church hosted all the women from the Great Lakes Central States churches, representing a variety of cultures. Sisters Racheal Magara, Grace Mochere, Elder Linda Womack, Sis. Esther Omenya, and area coordinators gathered for a warm and memorable weekend. Later in the month, the Northside Church in St. Louis, led by Sis. Arnetta Houston, organized a wonderful weekend that included an excellent worship service on Sabbath and a phenomenal Sunday brunch. The churches of the area also came together for a presentation on “The Journey Walk of Faith,” where leaders received valuable planning packets.

The camp meeting season kicked off in June. I had the opportunity to spend time in person with the conference’s virtual Ugandan church fellowship. Our virtual meetings on Tuesdays also connected us with sisters in Uganda, thanks to Sis. Margaret Kalibbala.

July brought more uplifting experiences. I delivered a message to the Omaha Central Hispanic Church, led by Sis. Bertha Garduno Guzman, and enjoyed a phenomenal meal with them. On Sunday, I attended a brunch hosted by the Bethesda Church, led by Sis. Shantandria Harris. It was an on-time and wonderful way to start the work week, filled with music, conversation, and a meaningful message.

August had its highlights too. I returned to St. Louis to participate in the Agape Church’s Women’s Day under the leadership of Sis. Gloria Bailey. The afternoon included a discussion on “End It Now,” and it was great to involve the entire church family. Later in the month, I visited Aurora, Colorado, as they launched an “End It Now” program at the Aurora West Hispanic Church, led by Sis. Ana Vasquez. The fellowship included a personal testimony on abuse. That Sunday, the Parkhill Church, led by Elder Debbie Jackson, hosted a cooking class and a health seminar, focusing on diabetes awareness and the importance of caring for our bodies. They also offered health coaching.

In November, I’ll be participating in training to promote the “End It Now” program in support of abuse prevention at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. I want to extend special thanks to Sister Elizabeth Jeanniton of Allon Chapel and Advent Source for her invaluable support throughout this journey.

– Elder Donna Brown, Women’s Ministry Director for the Central States Conference