Women empowered to be on the evangelism frontline

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Representatives from Niue who are attending the TPUM women's congress.

The Trans Pacific Union Mission (TPUM) is equipping and empowering women to be on the frontline of discipleship and evangelism.

2019 is the TPUM’s Year of the Woman, and women around the Pacific are being encouraged to reach out in their local communities to influence people for Jesus.

TPUM discipleship team leader Pastor Nasoni Lutunaliwa said when it comes to evangelism women have traditionally provided more of a supportive role.

“The Church is made up of over 50 per cent of women but they seem to not have been given the space to reach out to people in terms of public preaching, small groups and evangelism,” Pastor Lutunaliwa said.

Pastor Lutunaliwa.

“But this year we are saying we want them to be on the frontline, which means we want to see more women standing up to preach, involved in running Bible studies and forming small groups, and all other discipleship activities that are evangelism based.”

Some of the women have already started “sowing the seeds” in their communities through revival programs and health outreach activities in preparation for the “harvest” of baptisms in July.

Pastor Lutunaliwa said this week’s TPUM Women’s Congress, which began on Wednesday, is all about empowering and resourcing women “to maximise their divine gifts and potential for the Church”.

“The ladies testify with many stories of how the Lord performed miracles in order for them to be here and I believe their lives will never be the same again because the most important thing we want them to have in this place is for them to come and have a deeper experience with Jesus,” he said.

“Transformation can only come when we come into the presence of God, and that’s exactly what we are doing . . . I firmly believe that the Lord is going to do amazing things in the lives of these women as they come here for this special time.”

Congress attendees from Fiji.