Thursday, May 1
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In Equatorial Guinea, society turns to elders for wisdom and direction. And it is overwhelmingly to men that they look. But when something needs done in the church, it turns to the women, the backbone of congregations. The women provide their services as offerings, at no small cost to their families. It takes courage and delicate balance for a young woman to lift her voice. Ms. Ana Maria Obono Nbeso shows respect for tradition yet finds ways to express her views as an educated woman with a heart for the church. She speaks thoughtful words, as I saw when she shared her vision of God’s church at a special churchwide gathering called to look at challenges facing the church in Equatorial Guinea.
In November 2011 three Presbyterian women from the United States met Ana Maria in Ebibeyin. They later wrote that in Maria they saw an “example of the way that women can serve God in significant ways, despite not having all the options for traditional or recognized service that men do. She and the other women had raised significant amounts of money for building their new church—more than the men’s and youth groups, which was a point of pride for many of the women and seemed to inspire them to see what else they could do.”
At Tumekutana, a gathering of African Presbyterian women leaders, others witnessed her thoughtful demeanor as well as her beautiful singing voice.
—Jeff S. Boyd, PC(USA) regional liaison for Central Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
Reformed Presbyterian Church of Equatorial Guinea: Rev. Manuel Nzoh Asumu, general secretary
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Dear God, we give thanks for the way you continue to raise up voices from those who often do not feel listened to. May we be more attentive for your word from those who are often overlooked. Amen.