Collective action and shared ownership for making a positive change in our society are what makes the Feast of Esther successful.
Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye, the wife of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, world-renowned as Mummy G.O is the convener and she sees the movement as a divine assignment to empower women, not only for their ministry but also for their leadership role in trade and industry.
Not a feminist movement
This is not a feminist movement. Instead, it is a collective effort by women to make a positive difference in their society. “It is not self-serving, so it is far from a feminist movement,” according to Pastor Celia Apeagyei-Collins, the Founder and President of the Rehoboth Foundation.
Pastor Celia said: “Service is at the core of the Feast of Esther. The movement helps me to look at what I can do and how I can rescue my community.”
“It is a forum for women who want to make a lasting change in their society. Each time we meet with Mrs Adeboye, she challenges us to go and do something to improve our community. She reminds us to do something now, rather than later. She creates a sense of urgency in you and motivates you to go and make an effective change.”
Today, many mind-boggling issues are facing our community, especially in London. What is the Church’s response to gangs, stabbing, domestic abuse and many other problems that have plagued our society today? That’s one of the many areas the Feast of Esther is tackling.
Pastor Lola Owolabi, the President of The Women of Destiny Ministries and Ebony Business Network, told Testify Newspaper, “We are aware that there is a high proportion of black men in jail. We are aware that young people are involved in gangs, we know that issues out there on our streets affect Christian families too, that’s why I am very much interested in the Feast of Esther. At this event, we choose not to be over-spiritual, but we choose to be real.”
Lola Owolabi who is married to Pastor Kayode Owolabi and they co-pastor The Everlasting Arms Ministries Worldwide from their headquarter church in South East London also said, “Leaders are not perfect, and women in leadership are also going through issues. Female Church leaders have their own battles, and at Feast of Esther, ‘Iron sharpens Iron.’ We all are learners. The forum is a common ground, and a safe environment where you can be vulnerable and real, because you are not alone, whatever struggles or challenges you may face.”
Strength in unity
Pastor (Mrs) Janet Adedipe, a member of the Executive Council of RCCG UK, and also sits on the board of trustees of various charities said Pastor Mrs Adeoboye’s Feast of Esther “is a place where first ladies can be themselves. It is a common ground where we can learn from each other.”
Pastor Adedipe who is also the coordinator of the Feast of Esther, said “many attendees testify about the past conferences. Some ladies actually set up projects to help mothers in their neighbourhood, tackle gang culture among young people, and projects to offer support to mothers of youths involved in juvenile delinquency.”
A focal point for women in senior management and ministry positions
The Feast of Esther is a focal point for women in senior ministerial positions. It is aimed at developing excellent ministry skills in women, especially those called to support and impact the church of God for nation building and stand as pillars in the house of God to accomplish great things for the kingdom.
Pastor Lola Oyebade, the Senior Pastor of House on the Rock International Church popularly known as HOTRIC said: “The Feast of Esther is for female heads of Christian ministries, women whose husbands are head of Christian Ministries or country coordinators of a Christian ministry, female heads of a Christian organisation, CEOs and professionals.”
This year, Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye would like to offer support and facilitation to women for nation-building. One of her goals is to build women up to meet the tasks ahead of them, in other to build this nation. Mrs Adeboye wants to equip women to be effective helpers to their husbands in ministries. This movement is set to radically transform women to impact every home, neighbourhood, organisation, AND cities in Britain.
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