Photo: In front, from left, Alicia Manning, Sandra Drescher-Lehman, Twila Lehman and Jill Baker; in back, from left, Hyacinth Stevens, Marta Castilla, Graciela Tijerina and Hildalejandra Pellecer. Photo by Rashell Kaufman.
Following a training in Kansas, Mennonite Women USA (MW USA) certified eight women who will work in pairs as Sister Care presenters for North America. The pairs of new presenters are Alicia Manning (Virginia) and Hyacinth Stevens (Connecticut); Marta Castillo and Sandra Drescher-Lehman (Pennsylvania); Hildalejandra Pellecer and Graciela Tijerina (Texas); and Jill Swiers Baker and Twila Lehman (Oregon). Sister Care developers Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen led the training Oct. 25-27 at Spiritual Life Center in Bel Aire, Kansas.
Since its beginning in 2008, the Sister Care seminar has been shared with 4,300 women in 16 countries; these women in international settings have taught thousands more. The manual, Sister Care: Equipping Women for Healing Ministry, written by Heggen with Keener, is available in 12 languages. The seminar provides women with tools for ongoing personal healing and for responding more effectively and confidently to the needs of others.
Cyneatha Millsaps, MW USA executive director, said: “Mennonite Women is excited about certifying eight new women for facilitating our Sister Care Seminar. We have reached thousands of women in the last 10 years; with the additional teachers at this very critical time in the history of our church and country, the need for Sister Care is more important than ever. We believe God is about to do something new with and through women.”
Heggen and Keener will continue teaching international seminars.