I was absolutely thrilled to read the article about the celebration of the three-millionth member in the Inter-American Division! In 1978 we had 3 million members worldwide and 29 years later, one division has 3 million. This makes me very happy, for IAD was the very first division I visited during my ministry at the GC! The joy and happiness expressed in the face of the young lady baptized by Elder Israel Leito, division president, translates the way we all feel!
More Thoughts on Women in Ministry
I am responding to the interview with Jan Paulsen, in the April 2007 Adventist World, on women in ministry. Kimberly Luste Maran asked Paulsen the following: “What should the church be saying to its female members, particularly about the opportunities to serve in leadership roles, for which the Spirit has given women gifts?”
Paulsen stated this as part of his response: “I know the fullest kind of recognition to pastoral ministry—ordination—is a direction the church has said, on at least two different occasions we have met together as a world body, ‘This is not the way to go now,’ but I would still encourage women to train for the ministry.”
“This is not the way to go now.” Why not, what’s the problem? I’ve been a Seventh-day Adventist for 30 years, and I’ve heard nothing but excuses for not ordaining women in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. As far as I’m concerned, this is just another excuse.
The interaction of the GC president with women has motivated some of our AWM leaders to mount the pulpit and preach the love of Jesus.
In this part of the world, some people believed that women had no business on the altar during divine service. Now the attitude is gradually changing. Thank you for printing the interview with Paulsen, which further supports women being involved in ministry.
I am not an Adventist, but I appreciate so much reading your Adventist Worldmagazine. It is very inspiring and soul-satisfying.
I have been happily married for 17 years, and blessed with four children. It is not easy to be a mother and a career woman. The economic situation in our country requires double income families. Fortunately for me, I was able to finish college through the sacrifices of my loving parents.
I work not only because I want to help my husband, but, honestly, I hate being at home and doing the chores. My career is my temptation. I could work for 20 hours a day without being exhausted. I have been working away from home six days a week, leaving my children behind, cared for by my parents and my husband. I have been exchanging my most precious time that is supposed to be for my growing children with my career—until I found myself sitting in the guidance room of my son’s school. He is not doing well and has almost become a liability to society. I blame myself because I never give them quality time.
When I happened to read the article “Lord, Remember Our Children” (May 2006) in your magazine, I was struck by the message: “the most precious gift we can give to our children is our time.”
Thanks be to God for using your magazine as an instrument to open my heart and make me realize my mistakes. My family is my source of inspiration—it is God’s manifestations of His great love and mercy. I may have lost a career, but I am holding the world’s greatest jewel—my family. I believe there is never a wrong time to do the right thing. I am a part of my family’s life again.