Santa Fe Serving Women Through Difficult Times
SANTA FE, N.M. – The last two years have been very difficult for many families. As the wife of the pastor of two Spanish speaking congregations in Santa Fe, I have heard of and seen many women who are increasingly overwhelmed by their battles with anxiety, fear, grief and depression.
Last year, I decided I wanted to help, but I was not quite sure how. After spending time in prayer, God impressed upon me to host a virtual revival program on behalf of the Santa Fe Marcy Park and Santa Fe Airport Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Churches. In March, with the help of their Women’s Ministry directors, we were able to plan a 7-day Zoom webinar titled “Jesus Heals your Mind.”
During the planning and coordination of the event, we saw God direct every detail. In less than a day, we were able to confirm the participation of seven notable guest speakers! We were blessed to hear powerful presentations from speakers such as Carmen Esposito, Leniha Bullón, Claudia Pretell, Martha Martinez, Brenda Nieves-Ramos, Carla Rangel and Raquel Arrais. They spoke on important topics that affect women’s mental and spiritual health.
Not only were we blessed by their participation, but word spread and many women from North, Central and South America joined. It gave us all a wonderful opportunity to connect and encourage one another.
We were blessed indeed, and it proved that women need to connect, be in community, use their spiritual gifts in service, be mentored/discipled and gather in friendship and support. It is important to acknowledge that while we face new challenges as a result of the pandemic, God is there to help us to become more creative in empowering and equipping women. We praise God for the opportunity this event provided. If anyone wishes to hear the recorded event, it can be found on the Marcy Park YouTube page.
By Jennifer Espinoza-Ruiz