Women, the Change-Makers

Self-help group in Bangladesh; change makers
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Pictured Above: A self-help group meets

Deep Thought

The Change Makers

Melissa Lipsett, CEO Baptist World Aid, explains the impact of women who are empowered to change their world.

It’s illegal, but 40 per cent of girls in Nepal are married before they turn 18, and seven per cent before they turn 15.  The Nepalese government is hoping to eradicate child marriage by 2030, but is this even possible?  Will this ever change?

I believe it will. Here’s why

I recently returned from Kapilvastu in West Nepal. It’s a region that has major development challenges and a general lack of adequate services. For example, there are no toilet facilities or running water in people’s homes. There are few opportunities for people to generate income and, sadly, high levels of gender-based violence and child marriage.

The challenges are overwhelming, but here’s the thing: communities ARE overcoming them. Baptist World Aid works with local Christian Partners who share our belief in the dignity, value and equality of all people (Gen 1:26-27).

Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities. Ninety per cent of these community leaders are women. They’re known as self-help groups, and they’re courageously changing their world.

Our Partners bring the locals together in community groups, and it’s the locals who lead the transformation of their communities.

What self-help groups do

Working as a committee, with elected positions such a chairperson and treasurer, members collaborate to make the changes they want to see in their community. These women showed me how they had depolluted their pond and water source.

Some of them have started small businesses.  And I heard stories of how they confronted perpetrators of domestic violence as a commanding group of 17! I saw leadership, determination and courage from the same people who were, until recently, considered less than their husbands, brothers and sons.

"Kumari" Self-help group Nepal, change makers

Emerging from poverty

Every one of these women, these “change makers”, has a story. Many married as children and didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. Quite a few are now mothers, surrounded by little people with constant needs that are hard to meet. In the past they might have given a daughter in marriage to ensure she—and her remaining siblings—would survive.  

But the gains they’ve made in emerging from poverty means they now say, ‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’. And they mean it.

‘No more! We will not allow our daughters to suffer as we did’.

As I travelled through the area, I could see that poverty is effectively diminished and girls attend school.

One extraordinary facet of these self-help groups is that are made up of traditionally antagonistic social groupings, but with no infighting. They are too busy changing the world.

I wonder if what would happen if we were too?

Melissa Lipsett

Melissa Lipsett is the CEO of Baptist World Aid and is the keynote speaker at the coming EmpowHer Day of Wonder in March 2025.

Melissa is a servant leader, playing active roles across the church and Christian humanitarian aid and development sector. She believes leadership matters, and so does the call of God on our lives.  She is an outspoken advocate for the importance of hearing women’s voices and empowering them to use their God given gifts and graces for the sake of our world.

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Change Makers

EmpowHer Day of Courage

Day of Courage 2023, All women are welcome to this special women's gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.

Women’s Gathering

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    So sorry – we have sold out!

    But it isn’t too late to join the waitlist

    Become Well-Grounded

    Learn to live out your God-given potential at this special women’s gathering

    On Saturday 18th November, all women are invited to attend the EmpowHer Day of Courage gathering at Riverlands, 159 Wellington Street, Longford.

    This is the first statewide event to be hosted by EmpowHer and promises to be a fantastic day of growth, challenge and connection.

    The day will commence with morning tea at 9:30am, and conclude at 3:30pm.

    Watch the video introducing keynote speaker Karen Wilson

    Registration

    Earlybird $45 – finished on 5th September

    Regular $55 – 6th September to 31st October
    Maximum capacity has been reached – but you are still welcome to join our waitlist.

    Late $65 – From 1 November
    If you do need to join our waitlist, this will be the price if you are successful.

    Major sponsor for the Day of Courage – Baptist Financial Services

    Baptist Financial Services

    What to expect

    Here’s what will happen on the day . . .

    Keynote speaker sessions
    Karen Wilson

    Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance Women.
    Karen lives in Perth WA, and has a long association with women from all walks of life in Australia and globally.

    READ Karen’s article It’s a New Day >

    Local content and participation

    Including . . .

    Kelsea

    * Kelsea Clingeleffer, Program Coordinator Baptist World Aid.

    * Short talks from three Tasmanian women explaining their personal moments of courage: Bianca Murray (N); Jing Priest (S); Jacqueline Austin (NW)

    * Beautiful, delicious and thoughtfully-prepared food during morning tea and lunch.

    * Round table discussions in small groups.

    supporting women globally

    * Pray for women overseas for World Day of Prayer.

    * The Tasmanian launch of the global Women’s Leadership Network.

    * Opportunities to donate to Baptist World Aid through Transform Aid International.


    Why you should be there

    • To be encouraged and inspired.
    • To hear stories from other women of faith.
    • To make new friends with other like-minded women.
    • To be inspired and empowered to live out your God-given calling.
    • To take a day out for yourself to be nourished in body, soul and spirit.
    • To increase your global awareness of women’s challenges in other countries.
    • To increase your faith as you pray for women and their work within their communities.

    What women are saying

    “All women welcome”. I love that. Let’s be united!

    Ruth Hanlon, Ministry Development Officer for Women, Anglican Diocese Tasmania

    I can’t wait to be there!

    Jing Priest, Hobart Baptist Church

    We’re going to have such a good time.

    Keynote speaker Karen Wilson, President Baptist World Alliance, Women

    Registrations

    NUMBERS ARE LIMITED!

    Maximum capacity has been reached. There is now a wait-list system in place.

    Earlybird rate ($45) Finished onTuesday 5th September

    Regular rate ($55) Available 6th September to 31st October

    Late rate ($65) From 1st November


    The Day of Courage Team

    The organising team are a dedicated group of women, representing each region in Tasmania. They are planning a fantastic women’s gathering just for you!

    Each one has special giftings and skills in enabling, gathering and administrating events, and they are all working hard to create an exceptional day for every attendee.

    North

    Jenna Blackwell

    Jenna Blackwell City Baptist Formation Pastor; Tasmanian Baptists Mission and Leadership Coach
    Jenna loves encouraging people to walk courageously in their God-given calling. She also loves tea, funny animal videos, the beach, and nature in general.

    Wendy Marston

    Wendy Marston TasRail – Customer Service Officer; Tas Baptist Council; Marriage and Funeral Celebrant.

    Wendy is Tassie born and still loving it here. She is involved in the leadership team at Newstead Baptist church.

    Northwest

    Gabe Fife

    Gabe Fife Teacher’s Aide, Leighlands Christian School

    Down-to-earth and friendly, Gabe desires to see all women empowered and living their fullest lives in Christ. She is married to Louis, and serves alongside him at Ulverstone Baptist Church.

    South

    Jenny Baxter

    Jenny Baxter State Coordinator EmpowHer; Communications Manager Tasmanian Baptists
    Jenny enjoys creating connections between women locally and nationally. She also serves on the Communications team at Hobart Baptist Church, and walks a lot, mostly at the beach or in the bush.

    Ann Herbert* Now retired
    Ann formerly managed a social policy team in the Tasmanian Government. She is now an elder and active member of the teaching team at Citywide Baptist Church. 

    *Unfortunately, Ann is unable to attend on the day.


    FAQ for the Day of Courage women’s gathering

    Will there be accommodation available?

    We have secured Friday night accommodation (17th November) with the Poatina Chalet for attendees. This is a 20-minute drive from the venue.
    Please call or email the Chalet to book your motel room for $125. Includes breakfast.
    6397 8290 | poatina.chalet@fusion.org.au

    I have dietary requirements, what should I do?

    If you added your dietary requirements to your registration info, then you are good to go. But if you need to change or confirm anything, please get in touch: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

    Can I carpool?

    There is no official Day of Courage carpool. However, do get in touch and we may be able to arrange transport for you with another attendee: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

    What’s the parking like at Riverlands?

    There is plenty of on-site parking available.

    Will I need to bring anything?

    Notebooks and pens will be provided. You may like to bring a Bible with you. Morning tea and lunch will be provided as part of the registration cost. While water will be available you may like to bring your own drink bottle.

    Is Childcare provided?

    Unfortunately there is no childcare. If you have children, we encourage you to find care for them. If this is not possible, you may bring your little one/s but you will be responsible for their care. There will be no child care available at this event.

    Is this event just for Christians?

    All women are welcome at this event. However, if you are not happy to learn about your God-given potential, then this gathering may not be for you.

    Is there a concession rate?

    There is no official concession rate for this gathering. We have subsidised the costs by finding a sponsor to make this special day affordable for everyone. However, if the cost is stopping you from attending, please get in touch to discuss: empowher@tasbaptists.org.au

    Refund Policy

    If you find you are no longer able to use your ticket, our preference is that you find someone to pass the ticket onto. Please let us know, so we know who to expect by contacting jenna@tasbaptists.org.au

    If you are unable to find someone, or if this is too difficult for you to arrange, given the circumstances, we can arrange a refund. Please note you will not be reimbursed your booking fee.

    If you need to request a refund, please email jenna@tasbaptists.org.au and state your name, account name, BSB and account number. Thank you

    If you have other questions . . .

    Please email empowher@tasbaptists.org.au. Our team will be happy to answer your enquiries.


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    All women are welcome to this special women’s gathering, the EmpowHer Day of Courage on Saturday 18th November 2023 at Riverlands Longford.

    NO LIMITS Women’s Symposium

    No Limits Women's Symposium

    Women in Leadership

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    Encouraging Women

    Ann Herbert (Citywide) explains what took place at the recent No Limits conference. Other attendees pictured above are Jenna Blackwell (City), Zahara Rehrmann (Summerhill), Tracey Avery (City), Jenny Baxter (Hobart), and Kez Hutchison (Wynyard).

    Inspiring, challenging, thought-provoking, impactful!

    These were some of the words 105 women used to describe the No Limits women’s symposium held in Brisbane on 10-11 February 2023. Not only that, there was awe-inspiring worship, and opportunities for great fellowship.

    Baptist Women of the Pacific, which is part of the Baptist World Alliance, organised the conference with the intention of connecting, equipping, and mobilising women for Christian ministry across the Pacific region. They successfully did this with women attending from New Zealand including Māori, Tonga, PNG and Australia.

    No Limits Women's Symposium
    Rousing worship times; Short talks speakers respond to Q&A

    Six Tasmanian women, from Wynyard, Launceston and Hobart, enjoyed attending the conference together. The sessions explored what the Bible teaches about women, particularly with regard to their role, purpose, and potential to serve the Body of Christ and help grow God’s kingdom on earth.

    The sessions explored what the Bible teaches about women, particularly with regard to their role, purpose, and potential to serve the Body of Christ and help grow God’s kingdom on earth.

    Historical and cultural contexts

    On the Friday night, Dr Christa McKirland, lecturer in Systematic Theology at Carey Baptist College in Auckland, noted the importance of understanding the historic and cultural contexts in which the books of the Bible were written. She also emphasised the importance of being careful not to interpret individual verses in isolation from the whole of the letter or book in which these are located. She especially encouraged in-depth study of gendered passages, which historically have caused controversy.

    God has given each of you a gift.
    Use it to build up others in the Lord.

    Marg Mowczko

    Saturday morning began with some rousing worship, followed by theologian Margaret Mowczko, who has specialised in early Christian and Jewish studies. She spoke about the apostle Paul’s theology of ministry. In particular, she looked at Paul’s teaching about the mutuality of women and men in Christian marriage and ministry. She finished her presentation with the encouragement: “God has given each of you a gift. Use it to build up others in the Lord.

    No Limits Women's Symposium
    Megan Powell du Toit; Conference speakers and panellists

    Bible survey with a twist

    Rev. Megan Powell du Toit, from the Australian College of Theology[1], provided a stimulating overview of the biblical story of God with women. Starting at Genesis, she explored how God sees and values woman, sees the pain sin has caused them, and how he acts to mitigate sin’s impact. From the matriarchs of Genesis and Exodus, through the female judges and prophets, Jesus’ foremothers, to the female leaders of the New Testament, Megan showed how God has continually used women to help achieve his purposes.

    The stories show that God’s mission for the church includes women and that God releases their gifts for God’s glory. Rev. du Toit encouraged each of us to fully use our God-given gifts for the sake of the Gospel.

    Empowered women

    Sela Havili

    The final speaker, Rev. Sela Havili, shared her journey of becoming an Anglican priest who serves New Zealand’s Tongan communities. Hers was an inspiring story of the challenges she faces, and the blessings she is receiving, as God uses her to help build His kingdom amongst these people. She passionately encouraged us to be “women empowered by the Spirit to reveal the love of Christ.”

    In addition to these four presentations, we enjoyed lively and stimulating panel discussions, plus inspiring presentations from five women about the local and global work they are doing across the Pacific region. 

    Responses to the No Limits women’s symposium

    Inspired
    Tracey

    The conference encouraged me to learn and question things that I have just gone along with. And I was inspired by all those passionate women who have stepped into their calling. I want to encourage other women to go next time!

    Tracey Avery, City Baptist

    Encouraging
    Jenna

    I found it so encouraging to see women empowered in utilising their gifts, strengths and calling from different nations. I want to emphasise that women just GO if there is another opportunity.

    Jenna Blackwell, TB Leadership and Mentor Coach; TBW Team (North); Ministry Team Assistant City Baptist

    Authentic
    Christa

    Even though in the past I have always been very sceptical of women’s conferences, I loved having a women’s space to be sisters together. It was a time of theological depth and the relational authenticity, and it was inspiring. I loved hearing from my sisters across the South Pacific.

    Dr Christa McKirland – conference speaker

    Blessed with new birth

    I was so encouraged to have the opportunity to take five stellar Tasmanian women to Brisbane to attend the No Limits women’s symposium. It made me aware we are blessed to have so many women in our midst who are willing to rise to the challenge, take a lead, and use their God-given gifts. They are the shoulders upon which others will now stand.

    Jenny and Elissa

    Jenny Baxter, State Director Tasmanian Baptist Women

    While it was my dream as a leader in women’s ministry to see this event happen, I was still overwhelmed by the response. The need to speak justice into this area is even greater and devastating than I realised. There are new seeds to create an online community of support and similar events in other parts of Australia and the Pacific. Most overwhelming were the stories women shared in the breaks. There were stories of frustration, sadness and grief. Incredibly intelligent women, given amazing gifts, were being limited if not oppressed, my heart broke anew. I felt like God was birthing something new that day so we will pray and listen.

    Elissa Macpherson, Conference Organiser and President, BWP; National Director, ABW


    1 Megan also co-hosts the podcast, With All Due Respect, with Rev. Dr Michael Jensen

    No Limits Women’s Symposium


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      NB: The dates published in the TB Handbook 2022 have been updated, as below

      DATEEVENT
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      20 FebruaryPastors and Leaders Muster, Hobart Find Out
      25 MarchTas Baptist Council
      9 AprilEaster Sunday
      5-6 MayMid-Year Assembly, Newstead
      17 JuneTas Baptist Council
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      12 SeptemberPastors and Leaders Muster, Launceston Find Out
      20-21 OctoberAnnual Assembly, Riverlands Longford
      18 NovemberTas Baptist Council

      EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH THEOLOGY

      Women’s Symposium

      This symposium is for women who are interested in what the Bible teaches about women.

      HOSTED BY
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      Please contact Jenny Baxter to join the Tasmanian cohort: jenny@tasbaptists.org.au
      WHEN?
      10-11 February 2023, Friday evening and all-day Saturday.|
      WHERE?
      Riverlife Baptist Church, 47 Jennifer St, Seventeen Miles Rocks, Qld
      SPEAKERS?
      Dr Christa McKirland; Marg Mowcsko; Rev. Megan Powell du Toit; Rev. Sela Havili
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      This was the case for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America’s best-loved poets of the 19th century – and the subject of a new film I Heard the Bells, to be released in select Australian cinemas on 1 December.

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      Walk Pray Love, Heartlands Events, Spring 2021

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      Walk | Pray | Love Events during November 2021 (scroll down)
      Being an Imperfect Ministry by Jenna Blackwell
      Baptist World Day of Prayer for Women by Elissa Macpherson

      NOVEMBER 2021 EVENTS

      EmpowHer

      Join with others state-wide to walk, pray, love and enjoy the company of other women.

      REGIONDATETIMEWHEREWHAT
      NorthMonday 1st Nov7:30-8:30pmHomes and GroupsGlobal Day of Prayer
       Saturday 20th Nov11:30amHollybankHollybank Picnic Adventure
      NorthwestMonday 1st Nov7:30-8:30pmHomes and GroupsGlobal Day of Prayer
       Tues 30th Nov7:00-8:30pmUlverstone Baptist ChurchLadies Evening with Amanda Cox
      SouthFriday 5th November7:30-8:30pmHobart Baptist ChurchGlobal Day of Prayer
       Saturday 13th Nov10am-1pmClaremontWindermere Bay-Claremont Loop
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      NORTH – walk | pray | love

      Monday 1st November

      7:30-8:30pm Global Day of Prayer Informal Gatherings
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      Global Day of Prayer, North
      Saturday 20th November

      11:30am Hollybank Picnic Adventure
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      NORTHWEST – walk | pray | love

      Monday 1st November

      7:30-8:30pm Global Day of Prayer Informal Gatherings
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      Global Day of Prayer, Northwest
      Tuesday 30th November

      7:00-8:30pm Ladies evening
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      RSVP to Yvette: admin@ub.church by 25th November | $10 pp on the night

      SOUTH – walk | pray | love

      Friday 5th November

      7:30-8:30pm Global Day of Prayer Coffee and Dessert Night
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      Global Day of Prayer, South
      Saturday 13th November

      10:am-1:00pm Claremont-Windermere Bay Loop Walk
      INVITE FRIENDS! Download Invite >>>

      Walk Pray Love South Windermere Nay walk

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      OUR VISION is to see a network of women growing and encouraging each other in their God-given potential.

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      Walk | Pray | Love Events during November 2021

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      Participate in a Global Event

      Every November, Baptists from all over the planet come together to pray for women, and support them financially.

      From cities far and wide across the world, women and men join the World Day of Prayer. They pray from Cameroon, to Cambodia, to Croatia, and Canberra. They unite in one cry for women: “Lord, help the women of the world, sisters facing persecution, civil war, natural disaster, and poverty.”

      Reunite women . . .

      . . . Who live in desperate times

       Colombian Women at a Day of Prayer event
      Colombian Women at a Day of Prayer event

      The World Day of Prayer began in 1948, in response to the devastation and division created by WWII. To facilitate healing, the Baptist women of Europe organised the first Day of Prayer, aiming to reunite Baptists alienated by war.

      The movement gathered momentum, and now Baptists globally gather in groups of five, 20 and 100s. They represent over 200 Baptist women organizations, and pray in more than 80 languages. They unite in prayer under the banner of Baptist World Alliance Women (BWAW). This is a global collective representing Baptist women from 145 countries. They have networks and projects across the world, but this is the one day they focus on the most important activity of all: PRAYER!

      Just like the devastation of WWII, our world is once again in a global crisis with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, there are Baptist women bravely giving free medical care amid the coup in Myanmar; leaders dealing with devastation caused by earthquake in Haiti; Baptist sisters volunteering as midwives in remote villages in PNG; and yet others providing a 24-hour helpline for women feeling distressed by unplanned pregnancy in Argentina.

      Inspire HOPE

      Leading prayer in Nigeria
      Leading prayer in Nigeria

      Being a light to the world is integral to the call of BWAW. Consequently, as part of the Day of Prayer, an offering finances the ministry and support global projects. This year’s financial gifts will support a frog farm in Thailand, sewing clubs in Vanuatu, a library in Cameroon and a resource kit addressing mental health issues in the Philippines.

      These projects will inspire hope and enable women to flourish.

      You are invited to be part of this day. Why not gather a group to pray, and let the voices of Tasmania join the global movement?

      Elissa Macpherson President, Baptist Women of the Pacific

      Elissa Macpherson
      President, Baptist Women of the Pacific
      Contact Elissa for more information and support.
      (president@bwpacific.org)

      Complete guide to running your own World Day of Prayer: BWA World Day of Prayer >>>

      What to do next

      The World Day of Prayer can be held on any day in November.
      HERE ARE SOME PRE-ORGANISED TASMANIAN EVENTS!

      PARTICIPATE WITH WOMEN IN TASMANIA

      NORTHWEST
      7:30-8:30pm Monday 1st November
      Gather in homes and groups to pray.
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      Contact Gabe Fife (gabfife@gmail.com)

      NORTH
      7:30-8:30pm Monday 1st November
      Gather in homes and groups to pray.
      DOWNLOAD FLYER >>> | Contact Wendy Marston (wendy.marston@iinet.net.au)

      SOUTH
      7:30-8:30pm Friday 5th November 2021
      Coffee and Dessert evening at Hobart Baptist Church.
      DOWNLOAD FLYER >>> | Jenny Baxter (jenny@tasbaptists.org.au)

      READ THE 2021 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER PROGRAM >>>

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      Baptist women in Papua, Indonesia at a Day of Prayer gathering, 2021

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