'Gathering of Women in the Bible', in Hong Kong

Empowered as women disciples 

In 2017 Sister Corazon Demetillo left her home country of Philippines for Hong Kong, where she became the Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos.  Despite the official name of the centre, it welcomes migrants of all nationalities.  Cora shares a recent initiative which she coordinated.

 

The Project

The Diocesan Pastoral Centre for Filipinos, with its out-reach organization Simbayanan-KAMMPI, launched a 3-month study, reflections and sharing on the chosen Women in the Bible.  The project was joined by 13 communities of migrant workers and reached its peak at the “Gathering of Women in the Bible” held on June 7, 2019 at Mother of Good Council Church, San Po Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

 

The Women in the Bible

With a crowd of more than 500 Filipino migrant women, 12 groups creatively introduced Sarah, Hagar, Miriam, Widow of Zarepath, Judith, Deborah, Ruth, Susana, Elizabeth, Canaanite Woman, Haemorrhaging Woman, Mary of Magdala and Martha.  They emphasized the important role each one played in God’s salvation.  They also presented the relevance of each Woman in today’s situations. 

 

Companions on the Journey

Tears and joy dominated the feelings of the audience as they identified themselves with the different characters.  Many presenters made alive the Women in the Bible by depicting daily life and the struggle of migrant workers, sustained by faith and trust in God who journeys with them. 

 

Empowered as women disciples of Christ

Each community brought home a trophy in recognition of their giftedness and group effort in coming up with an excellent presentation.   More than the trophies, they went back to their employers’ homes affirmed, transformed, and empowered as women disciple of Christ. 

 

Submitted by Sr Corazon Demetillo RGS