Vision: Women empowered and nurtured to fulfill their God-given potential.
Mission: Our mission is in the larger sense common to all Christians—that of uplifting Christ in the Church and in the world. But more specifically, we are called to:
Nurture—Reach Up to God
Empower—Reach Across with God
Outreach—Reach Out with God
Every day children are removed from their homes due to parental drug abuse and neglect. Many are left with nothing of their own. They lose their home, their parents, their clothes and their toys.
It’s My Very Own (IMVO), a faith-based, voluntary organization, seeks to make kids’ lives a little brighter by working with communities to provide displaced children with Bags of Love that meet their immediate needs. Each bag of love includes a handmade quilt, stuffed animal, toys, books, and personal items. The bags are age appropriate and are delivered to the local agencies charged with removing children from unsafe homes.
“I couldn’t have had a successful placement without your bags of love. Your bags are special and they cover all the bases.”
-Foster Care Caseworker
Glynn County, DFCS
The women of the Waterford SDA Church are committed to this mission. We are one of two Connecticut chapters, currently serving DCF offices in Willimantic & Middletown. Contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions/inquiries or if you'd like to get involved. For more information about this organization, visit their website and/or watch this interview.
enditnow is a global initiative to raise awareness and advocate for the end of violence around the world. It aims to mobilize Seventh-day Adventists around the world and invites other community groups to join in to resolve this worldwide issue.
1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18.
More than 12 million women and men are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner each year.
Victims and their families are acquainted with the abuser in more than 90 percent of cases.
The enditnow 2020 virtual summit featured the following topics:
Abuse in Faith Communities - Mary DeMuth
Church Toolkit: Practical Tips & Resources for Safe Churches and Schools - Rene Drumm
How to Protect Children and Youth - Ingrid Slikkers
Digging out of the Pit of Spiritual Abuse - Doug Tilstra
Check out the summit here:
Amidst the chaos around us and the pandemic that consumes us, I am often reminded that this is not our home. We put our heads down and get busy with our lives, focus on our work/families/communities and forget to look UP. However, softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling for us. Come home, come home. Ye who are weary come home. Earnestly, tenderly Jesus is calling. Calling, "O sinner come home." I love that song. It's a love note to each of us. Jesus is calling us into His embrace, offering to take our burdens and give us new life. May each of us find rest in Jesus, our true home.