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Episode 55 Ministry in Retirement with Susan Gillies 9-15-14

September 15th, 2014 · Comments

Susanpic23.jpgThe retirement years can be a challenge for some, but in this conversation Susan Gillies shares with us what she has learned about retirement in the last four years since her own retirement from professional church leadership in 2010. We discuss how she decided it was time to retire; emotional and spiritual preparations she made prior to retiring as well as what she had been unprepared to experience; and how she has learned even more about herself through the retirement experience.


Tags: Interviews · Leadership development · Women's Issues

Episode 51 A Conversation with Virginia Holmstrom about Haiti 3-25-14

March 25th, 2014 · Comments

VirginiaHolmstrom-color.jpgAB Women's Ministries executive director Virginia Holmstrom recently returned from a trip to Haiti, in the company of AB Women's Ministries national officer Bonnie Sestito. American Baptist missionaries Kihomi Ngwemi and Nzunga Mabudiga served as their guides. Kihomi introduced Virginia and Bonnie to many women who are working to improve the lives of their families and of all the people of Haiti.

For more information about Kihomi and Nzunga's work in Haiti, click here.

For information about the Women and Girls Mission Fund, click here.


Tags: Missionaries · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development · Women's Issues

Episode 47 Being Advocates–with Peggy Burke 12-16-13

December 16th, 2013 · Comments

Peggy Burke has been deeply engaged in advocacy around issues of human trafficking in the state of Ohio. In this episode, we discuss how to discern if you are called to be an advocate on a particular issue, and some things you will want to keep in mind as you engage in advocacy.

As mentioned in this episode, AB Women's Ministries has historically been engaged in advocacy and hopes to provide tools to better enable women to address issues that have impact upon women and girls in the U.S. and around the world. Click here to find the page on our website that lists several bills currently in various stages of Congress--you can see at a glance where they are in process, and follow links to send your opinion to your congressional representatives.


Tags: Interviews · Advocacy · Leadership development · Women's Issues

Episode 40 Magdalene and Thistle Farms with Rev. Becca Stevens 12-3-12

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments

BeccaStevens.jpgWe're so pleased to share with you our conversation with Rev. Becca Stevens, founder of Magdalene and Thistle Farms in Nashville, TN. Magdalene is a residential program for women with a criminal history of prostitution and addiction. There are currently six homes that function without live-in staff, relying instead on residents to create supportive community, maintain recovery, and share household tasks. The two-year program offers housing, food, medical and dental needs, therapy, education, and job training free of charge--and is not supported by any government funds, relying instead on individual gifts, private grants, and the sale of Thistle Farms products.

Thistle Farms is a social enterprise run by women of Magdalene and program graduates. By hand, the women create body care products made with all natural ingredients and using earth-friendly practices. Through employment at Thistle Farms, women develop important job skills and move from poverty to independence. Purchase of Thistle Farms products support critical ministry!

For more information about Magdalene and Thistle Farms and to purchase products, visit


Tags: Interviews · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development · Social enterprise

Episode 39 Youth in Advocacy–Elena and Courtney 10-8-12

October 8th, 2012 · Comments

Youth can be such strong advocates and energetic workers for justice! In this episode, Elena and Courtney, both senior high young women, share with us their experience teaching their peers about such issues as human trafficking, domestic violence, and cyberbullying. We hope you're inspired to help youth in your area become involved in advocacy and world-changing!

For more information on the Break the Chains project that Elena and Courtney reference, visit our Break the Chains website.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Girls · Advocacy · Leadership development · Domestic violence

Episode 33 Esteria Woods International Outreach Foundation 6-18-12

June 18th, 2012 · Comments

Mar2012009.jpgEsteria Woods-White describes herself as a "foot soldier for women." She works tirelessly on behalf of women's improvement and women's rights in Africa, as well as working for the empowerment of women of the African diaspora living in North Carolina. Virginia Holmstrom, executive director of American Baptist Women's Ministries, shares a conversation she had with Esteria during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, held in February 2012 in New York City.

For more information about the Esteria Woods International Outreach Foundation, visit

Check our In Their Shoes blog at for a review of Leymah Gbowee's book, Mighty Be Our Powers, mentioned in this interview. The review will appear within a couple of weeks of this podcast episode.


Tags: Interviews · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development

Episode 32: Somalian Women and Girls–Sadiya Omar 6-4-12

June 4th, 2012 · Comments

I'm back from sabbatical and so pleased to be able to bring you a conversation I had with Sadiya Omar, a leader in the Somalian community in my hometown. Sadiya shares with us issues facing women and girls in Somalian refugee camps, as well as the life of refugees relocated to the U.S.

In this conversation, Sadiya references several organizations. Here are the links if you would like more information

United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR):

Lutheran World Federation's involvement with Somalian refugees:

Office of Refugee Resettlement (U.S. federal government): (Look on the left-hand side of the page for the interactive U.S. map that will help you find nearby resettlement agencies.)


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · Girls · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development

Episode 026 Ethnic Minority Women of Thailand–Karen Smith

November 14th, 2011 · Comments

Karen Smith, program director of the New Life Center Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, talks with AB Women's Ministries executive director Virginia Holmstrom about the challenges facing ethnic minority women in Thailand and what New Life Center is doing to help women meet those challenges.

For more information about the New Life Center, visit

For more information about the Break the Chains and Stop the Pain national mission project of AB Women's Ministries, visit


Tags: Interviews · Girls · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development

Episode 15: Podcasts on Global Women’s Issues May 23 2011

May 23rd, 2011 · Comments

There are a few other podcasts out there that may help you learn more about global issues facing women and girls. In this episode, I share with you what my research has turned up. I also discovered that In Their Shoes: Women Walking with Women Worldwide is pretty unique in what it does! There is also information in the episode about how to spread the news about your favorite podcasts with others--you can easily tell your friends, family members, fellow church-goers, and anyone else which podcasts you find most helpful and interesting to listen to!

Mentioned in this episode (all available through iTunes; direct links provided here, or just search iTunes for the titles):

Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (podcast)

Forced Migration Online (podcast)

Forced Migration Online Documentaries (vidcast)

UNICEF (podcast)

(Not mentioned in episode but also available: UNICEF Television Vodcast (vidcast))

United Nations Radio (podcast)

Ending Human Trafficking (podcast)

Global Women's Network (podcast)

Say No to Violence Against Women (podcast)

UNIFEM (vidcast)


Tags: Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise · Resource Recommendations

Episode 010: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women March 14 2011

March 14th, 2011 · Comments

IMAG0630.jpgIn this episode of "In Their Shoes," four of us who attended the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women share our experiences with you. UNCSW was the last week of February and the first week of March this year (2011). Four of us from American Baptist Women's Ministries, including one senior in high school, participated in several days of workshops in the "parallel events" hosted by a variety of NGOs from all over the world.

For more information on the 2011 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, click here.

For more information on the Millenium Development Goals and the focus areas of UNCSW, click here.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Events · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise