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Womens Conference:October 2002

Senior women officers gather at Surrenden to review their personal development plan.

National Workshop for Senior Women’s Development

Twelve women officers from six Indian territories, plus two translators attended a workshop at Surrenden, Coonoor 1 – 4 October 2002. Commissioner Margaret du Plessis presented the keynote address. She spoke about two great women in the Salvation Army, Captain Clara Case and Commissioner Suganantham.

Each morning started with a bhajan, followed by prayers in eight languages. Bible studies focused on the life of Deborah the prophetess, as described in the book of Judges. Commissioner Lalhlimpuii shared information on leadership of women and invited questions and further discussions. Many things were learnt from her experience. She also conducted evening devotions, which were spiritually enriching.

Lt. Colonel Devavaram introduced the concept of a personal development plan for each woman officer. He emphasized that it was necessary for each person to carefully discover and document their own spiritual, mental and physical development. Lt. Colonel Victoria encouraged delegates to speak English boldly and to read more English books. She also participated in the personal discussions with the delegates, offering a listening ear and good counsel, encouraging the delegates to commit themselves to the ongoing process of personal development.

Delegates received a copy of the the book, Called to be God's People and were encouraged to study this recent publication. They also received good hospitality at Surrenden and spent a few hours in Ootacamund.

At the end of the workshop delegates documented their own personal development plan. They were encouraged to keep to their plan and reminded that Lt. Colonel Victoria would visit each woman personally within the next year in order to encourage and support ongoing spiritual, mental and physical development

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