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Since 1990, the Department of Women’s Ministries at the General Conference has promoted a special day when women have the opportunity to strengthen their spiritual bonds as they pray for and with each other. The International Women’s Day of Prayer is the first Sabbath of each March.

In past years this special day has been celebrated in a variety of ways: prayer breakfasts, fasting and prayer, consecration services, women preaching the sermons for church services and other special programs. A resource manual, with ideas and a planning guide for making this a life-changing day for women and men in the church, can be obtained from the conference Women’s Ministries director.

The International Woman’s Day of Prayer provides an opportunity for women to learn about each other and prayer for one another. It is a time to reunite with God and one another to strengthen spiritual bonds. Prayers for women everywhere create a spiritual network of empathy and understanding between Adventist women. Thousands of women (and men) gather to pray on this day. Although the essential purpose of the day is for prayer, the day can also provide women with an opportunity to strengthen their ties with other Christian women as they pray together.

Where possible some may want to expand the day of prayer to include a weekend prayer conference where participants can come to gain a deeper understanding of the need for prayer, its significance, blessings, and meaning in their lives. Weekend prayer conferences can address topics of interest such as: the prayer of scripture, how to pray scriptural promises, how fasting can enhance our prayer life, God’s will and prayer, intercessory prayer, answered and unanswered prayer, closet prayers, and how to help our children develop a prayer life of their own.



Lynelle Laws

Partners in Ministry Coordinator / Women’s Ministry Coordinator


Lynelle coordinates the Women in the North NZ Conference of SDA’s and is also responsible for nurturing the Pastoral Spouses in the same. She has training and experience in teaching from Pre School aged children, through to Tertiary level. Her passion is to meet people where they are, sharing an authentic Christianity, that allows Jesus to shine on a practical level.


Lindita Vani-Wilson

Communications / Women’s Ministries


Lindita Vani is the Women’s Ministry Leader for the South New Zealand Conference. Lindita is an Albanian born who studied Sociology in Rome, Italy. Lindita met her friend for life, Stephen Wilson, through her involvement with ADRA Italy and the humanitarian projects in Albania. Later on Lindita lived, worked, studied and had two children in Ireland, Samuel and Deborah. Lindita worked in the Disability sector and did Research in the School of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin. Having lived and worked in four different countries and having mingled with people from all walks of life Lindita recognises that the human need for meaningful relationships runs deep. Lindita desires to grow into a deeper connection with Christ as well as nourishing meaningful and intimate relationships with those she comes into contact with. As a Women’s Ministry leader Lindita aims to empower other women to develop healthy mentoring relationships that can make a difference in the home and in the community.

Since this past year in New Zealand Lindita’s favourite physical activity has become swinging in playgrounds alongside her little ones.