From the desk of the World President of Women's Ministries – Commissioner Silvia Cox

November 2014

Embracing a New Culture


Last month I had the privilege to travel with Commissioner Nancy Roberts to India for a Senior Officer Women’s seminar. This was held in Trivandrum, in the India South Eastern territory. Women leaders from the South Asia zone met for various teachings, Bible study and fellowship.

We travelled in our grey Salwar Kameez uniform. During the seminar we wore the sari. This was quite an experience as it is a skill to wrap around you more than 5 metres of material. Two women had to come and help us every morning.

As I reflected upon our experience, I found it helped us to feel better integrated and to be part of the group. It improved a little bit our understanding of the culture. I would have found it very strange to teach in my normal navy blue uniform when all my sisters in Christ wore the sari!   

This journey made me think of what Jesus did. He came on earth and took the form of a baby so that he could identify with us, understand us better. What an example! How important it is for us too then to make the effort to identify with the culture where we are serving!







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Bible reading — John 15:1-5
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

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World mapAround the Salvation Army world women are engaging with women and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Often this is through modelling Christ like relationships. Read more about how God is at work in this world as people engage in his word, are encouraged and flourish.

The International Salvation Army is administered in five Zones – Africa, Americas & Caribbean, Europe, South Asia (SASIA) and South Pacific & East Asia Zone (SPEA).

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Report on Women's Weekend - Germany & Lithuania Territory

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About Women's Ministries

The ideal basic unit of society is the home and family, where women play a vital and definitive role. Furthermore, as natural providers of hope, women play an important part in shaping society. Therefore any fellowship of women in which Christian influence is exerted and practical help given benefits not only the individual and the family, but also the nation.

Women’s Ministries provide a programme of meetings and other activities based on the fourfold aims of the Army’s international women’s organisation, the Home League, which was inaugurated in 1907. The aims are worship, education, fellowship and service.

The mission of Women’s Ministries is to:

  • bring women into a knowledge of Jesus Christ
  • encourage their full potential in influencing family, friends and community
  • equip them for growth in personal understanding and life skills
  • address issues which affect women and their families in the world

Indeed, the motto of the Home League is: ‘I will live a pure life in my house ...’ (Psalm 101:2b, Good News Bible).


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