Southwestern Christian University students Madeline Lafferty and Abigail Palacios were recently selected to travel to New York City to join dozens of women from the International Pentecostal Holiness Church Women’s Ministry for a three day conference.
Tame’ Lambert, IPHC Women’s Ministries Director, invited Palacios and Lafferty along with students from Emmanuel College (Ga.) to attend the conference in order to represent their generation of women in the IPHC and help find ideas and solutions to get the Women’s Ministry involved on the college campuses. Mrs. Lambert and the Women’s Ministry funded travel and lodging for the students as Southwestern Christian University covered food expenses for both Lafferty and Palacios.
While at the conference, Lafferty and Palacios were able to do a variety of activities with the Women’s Ministry. The ladies arrived in New York City on Thursday, November 4th, only to be treated to Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera for the evening. After attending meetings all day on Friday, the ladies were able to get involved in the Women’s Ministries’ action on Saturday morning as they participated in the Metro Ministries’ sidewalk Sunday school outreach, which extends to thousands of kids in the Brooklyn area. Saturday afternoon consisted of a shopping outing to New York City’s Chinatown before attending a service that evening with speaker Lee Grady, contributing editor of the magazine Charisma and advocate for women’s rights in today’s society. The ladies were presented with another service by Grady on Sunday morning before boarding the plane home to Southwestern Christian University.
Palacios and Lafferty were both pleased that they were able to attend the conference and take back with them the experiences and memories they shared with the other women at the conference.
“Being surrounded by women of all ages who have all been through so many seasons and trials, but are still strong and passionately in love with Jesus, it just lifted me up,” stated Lafferty. “I am encouraged by their testimonies, passion for people, and their desire to use their gifts for the sake of Christ's body.” Southwestern Christian University is thankful to the Women’s Ministry of the IPHC for giving our students a great opportunity to travel and be involved in the effort to connect college age women and the IPHC Women’s Ministries. SCU is grateful for the partnership and excited to see the results in the coming years.
Posted on Tue, November 16, 2010
by Kasey Gardner