Eleven years after the formation of the Assemblies of God fellowship, women within the Fellowship began to seek ways they could become involved in ministry. In 1925, Etta Calhoun organized a group of women for intercessory prayer in Houston, Texas. Originally meeting for intercessory prayer for missionaries, the women quickly found practical ways to provide support to the local church. The group became the first Women’s Missionary Council, the forerunner of today’s National Women’s Department. During the 1970’s the Women’s Missionary Council was renamed to Women’s Ministries and is now familiarly known as Women’s Ministries.
Women’s Ministries in Bethel AG
The Women’s Ministries is part of the Bethel Assembly of God Church in Doha and operates in harmony with the Church through intercessory prayer, evangelism, charitable works and missions. Evangelism and discipleship have always been foundational objectives of this Ministry.
Women’s Ministry gives women unlimited opportunities to serve and centres on meeting the spiritual needs of Christian women and helping them to grow in their faith.Women’s Ministry exists not only to serve women but also to train women to minister to others. It is action based on living a Godly life. Women’s Ministry educates and inspires women and connects women with outreach opportunities as well as forming intercessory prayer groups to pray for the church and its many prayer requests.The Women’s Ministry also finds practical ways to provide support to the church. Women’s Ministry’s primary goal is to assemble the women of the church to share time and grow in their spiritual knowledge and love of God.
In Biblical times, there were strong women like Sarah, Deborah, Ruth & Esther who ruled and built the house of Israel (Ruth 4:11). In New Testament church there were women such as Mary, Martha, Priscilla, Phebe & Persis who had strong influence on the development of the early church.
Our ladies group meets every alternate Wednesday of every month. Currently the meetings are conducted at the church hall premises as per a schedule. We support mission work in India with our tithes and offerings. In our meetings we have intercessory prayer time during which we intercede for different prayer requests received from various members and the church at large. Wonderful testimonies of the many deliverance’s and answers to the prayers of our church members has been very much encouraging. This keeps our women’s ministry strong in the Lord.
The WM executive committee for the year 2014-2015 is as below:
- PRESIDENT : Suma Joseph
- SECRETARY: Sheela Baby
- TREASURER: Elsy Viju
- COMMITTEE MEMBERS: Jancy George