cyclone-pam-vanuatu-outreachIn March of this year, Cyclone Pam hit the nation of Vanuatu and surrounding islands as a category 5 storm with wind speeds of over 250 km/h (155 mph). Over 90% of the buildings on Vanuatu were impacted, the nation’s infrastructure was crippled, and many lost everything they owned.

Aglow members rallied together sending relief funds which were used to purchase items to help the people rebuild their homes and lives, including sheets of iron roofing material for two Aglow members.

In July, the Aglow group in Vanuatu’s capital city of Port Vila held an interdenominational event to bring women together for fellowship and to share testimony of how God is rebuilding their lives after the storm. Nearly 30 women gathered for the event. Aglow Port Vila President, Helen Franklin, spoke about Deborah and other women in the Bible who rose up in God’s strength to overcome challenges faced in difficult circumstances.

The event concluded with refreshments and the handing out of pillows to the women who attended. The pillows and pillow cases were locally designed and hand painted with the inscription, “Be Aglow and Burning with the Spirit. - Romans 12:11”.

Aglow Port Vila plans to host these types of events regularly with the goal of reaching every woman across rural and urban Vanuatu, so that Vanuatu women can experience what it means to Be Aglow and filled with the Holy Spirit.