On March 16, 2019 I met with the sisters of the Iglesia Menonita Torre Fuerte from Iowa City, Iowa. Around 13 women attended the Sister Care Seminar from 8 am to 5 pm. We were especially pleased to have Cyneatha Millsaps, Executive Director of Mennonite Women USA, with us. Her role for the day was to evaluate the seminar.
Before leading this Sister Care Seminar, I attended two Sister Care training seminars held in Portland Mennonite Church in Portland, Oregon and Drift Creek Camp near Lincoln City, Oregon. Both were led by Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen, Rhoda and Carolyn are the authors of the Sister Care materials. I am grateful for Pastor Gloria Villatoro and the Torre Fuerte congregation, and especially for the women who shared their stories. The sharing was impactful and had many of us in awe as we heard the stories of what had taken place in each others lives. Leaving the seminar, I reflected on how moving it had been for the women present that day.
My hope is to bring Sister Care to the rest of our Central Plains Hispanic Mennonite congregations.