The 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 April 2017
And the Women Also
And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after . . . Luke 23:55
I like reading this passage of the Easter story. The women it speaks of were Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and others whose names are unknown. I wonder what it was like for them as they followed Jesus, supported him and listened closely to his teachings. And how did they feel about all that transpired around His death? I’m sure it was very emotional for them. You remember how Joseph asked Pilate for Jesus’ body so that they could bury Him properly. The women who are mentioned as being at the cross but standing ‘afar off and beholding these things’ were also at the tomb but now they are up close and checking out all that was going on. They were taking in every detail of our Lord’s burial. We all know what subsequently happened but the women who were actually at the crucifixion and burial of our Lord were overwhelmed with grief but still alert to what was happening.
It is good for us to remember that Christ suffered and died for us. We need to look closer and re-read and study the Easter passages in the Bible to remind ourselves of the details of all that Jesus endured for you and for me to save us from our sin. It must have been difficult for these grief-stricken women but they still prepared the spices needed to appropriately dress their Lord’s body. They focused on what needed to done. In this passage these ladies were all prepared to do the task at hand even when circumstances changed their plans. Have you ever had things planned out in detail and something comes up that completely changes your plans?
You remember how when they arrived at the tomb they saw the two angels, who told them that Jesus was risen from the dead, and reminded the women that he had told them of how he would be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day rise again. Isn’t it good to get answers right when you need them? These women were troubled, afraid, and full of grief. They needed to hear good news about their Lord and they got the best news of all. It’s so like God to provide us with answers at just the right time though sometimes we do not understand those answers straight away. What happens next is just wonderful. These women don’t keep the fact that Jesus had risen to themselves – they go and tell the disciples all that has happened.
It’s been such a long time since the resurrection of our wonderful Saviour but it’s the one thing that still gives us hope. It makes our Christian life worth living and is what our faith hinges on. I hope and pray that we can all be propelled into action to tell others about what Christ did and does for us.
April 2017 Engagements
2nd Cookstown MWI service
4th General Committee Dublin
6th MWI Central Committee Dublin
9th Enniskillen MWI service
27th Lakelands Spring Celebration
29th Dublin Ladies Breakfast
30th Strabane MWI service
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