MWI President

Linda McGuffin, President of the Methodist Women in IrelandThe President of the Methodist Women in Ireland for the year 2015-17 is Mrs Linda McGuffin. Linda is married to Rev Sam McGuffin for 36 years. They began life together in Dungannon and have made their home in eight houses to date, six of them manses. They have three grown up children:  Mark (33), who works in London, Richard (31), who is married to Rebecca and who works in Londonderry, and Jenni (24), who is going into her final year at Sheffield University. Linda's theme for her term of office is "God is Able"

MWI President's Chosen Charity

Linda's chosen Charity is a World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women project called Wings of Hope. This is a three stage project helping women in Sri Lanka in a practical way. Stage 1 was installing two water tanks and toilets to ten needy homes.  Stage 2 is an education programme for single mums and their children. And stage 3 is a Mother and Baby Programme. All this will make a real difference to women and children and help them experience the God who is Able.

To read about the work carried out click on the MWI President's Chosen Charity on the menu to the left.

Linda's thoughts for June 2017

I started my journey as MWI President not entirely sure of what exactly I had agreed to do.  Every time I realised another aspect of the role my stomach just turned over. I felt very nervous and very, very inadequate but I had chosen as my theme for the two years ‘God is Able’ and I really had to start to believe it and trust in our amazing God for everything He had called me to do.  I have said before that I didn’t have all the attributes that were needed to carry out this role but God does and that is the important thing. During these past two years I have learnt to trust God more, to depend on Him more and to be very thankful for everything he has done for me.  I have really enjoyed meeting so many different people and had so many different experiences in all eight Districts.  I have been truly humbled by the people who have prayed for me throughout my time in office – thank you all. I have also been richly blessed by the General Officers I have worked with.  Irene Boyd, our Secretary, does an excellent job and is a tireless worker.  She keeps us right and is ably assisted by Liz Macbean, who will take over from her next year. Barbara Fennell, our Treasurer keeps all our finances in tip top order.  She too works hard and we are indebted to her.  Maimie Davies is our World Mission Secretary and is so enthusiastic about mission – she inspires us all.   I am also grateful to Louise Wilson and Phyllis Watters our World Federations officers for all their representative work and for their support and advice.  All of these ladies are busy outside of MWI but give unselfishly to the work of ministry amongst women here in Ireland.  I am indebted to them all and humbled to have shared the journey of the last two years with them. I have also been blessed with a very supportive family. Our children Mark, Richard and Jenni and their spouses are a joy and have been so helpful.  Words cannot express enough thanks to my husband Sam for all his help and love.  He has encouraged me every step of the way and has shown me the love of our Heavenly Father whom we seek to serve. 

I am delighted that Elizabeth McWatters has agreed to become our next All Ireland President.  Her installation will be held in September and I look forward to seeing many of you there at that special occasion.  She will make an excellent president and I wish her God’s richest blessings as she takes on this role. 

Finally, I have been really blessed being your President.  Thank you for the privilege. 

May I again encourage you to entrust your life to God.  He will never let you down.  I can testify to the fact that God is indeed able.  As a very dear friend of mine once told me “You will never out-give what the Lord gives to you”.  Don’t hold back from Him. He is able to do much more than we can ask or imagine. All we just have to do is trust him.  May God Bless you all.  

Linda McGuffin

MWI President

 

June 2017 Engagements

14th-18th Methodist Conference, Lisburn

 

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