ABW Ministries GRR
The 2013–2015 American Baptist Women's Ministries Theme, "A Time to Serve", will help women understand how we have been uniquely shaped by God for the ministry to which we've been called, and sent out to the world.
"to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ."
∼ Ephesians 4:12–13 (NRSV)
GRR ABWM Annual Conference & AB Girls Retreat
June 5–7, 2015: The 2015 GRR ABWM Annual Conference will be held at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL starting at 6:00 pm Friday. The conference registration deadline is June 3. We will be taking a special trip on Saturday to the Cross in Effingham.
The AB Girls Retreat will be held during the conference. AB Girls Retreat registration deadline is May 22. This year the girls will be participating in "The Ultimate Zip" in Kinmundy, IL. This has been pre-booked so registrations need to be mailed as soon as possible so we can provide American Obstacles with an accurate count of attendees.
There has been a surge in the last two years of children and youth escaping violence and poverty in Central American countries and Mexico and seeking asylum in the United States. In 2014, the projection is that over 60,000 children will attempt to find refuge in the United States. Not only is the number of children increasing exponentially in the last few years, but the population of unaccompanied children arriving in the United States is changing: now there are more girls, more younger children, and more victims of trauma.