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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 22: Women of Italy Sept 19 2011

September 19th, 2011 · Comments

Debbie-Kelsey_02.jpgDebbie and Jim Kelsey are American Baptist missionaries in Italy, engaged in cross-cultural ministries and theological training in Italian churches. Additionally, Debbie is in ministry with young women at risk for, or victimized by, human trafficking. Debbie and I had the opportunity to speak together during the ICAP Global Conference in Wisconsin last May; in our conversation, she describes the situation facing immigrant women in Italy as well as her ministry with Italian Christian churches around an outreach to women in prostitution and preventative education in the congregations.

For more information on Debbie and Jim's ministry in Italy, including journal entries and photos, visit and click on "People"--you'll see the Kelseys in the list that appears there.


Tags: Interviews · Missionaries · Human trafficking · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 013: Women in Congo April 25 2011

April 25th, 2011 · Comments

Katherine-Niles.jpgVirginia Holmstrom had the opportunity to talk with American Baptist missionary Katherine Niles about what it's like to be a woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Katherine has served for years as a medical missionary in Congo but she and her husband also grew up there as children of missionaries. In this episode Katherine and Virginia discuss healthcare issues, what a woman's day looks like, and the importance of education.

For more information about the ministry of Katherine and Wayne Niles, visit


Tags: Interviews · Missionaries · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment

Episode 004: International Christian Alliance on Prostitution Dec 20 2010

December 20th, 2010 · Comments

BETHELL_LaurenA05_sml.jpgIn this episode, I had the opportunity talk with Lauran Bethell, a global consultant in the issue of sex trafficking, about the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP) and their upcoming ICAP Global Conference in May, 2011.

For more information about ICAP and the ICAP Global Conference, visit

You may also find information about the ICAP Global Conference at (Green Lake Conference Center) or (American Baptist Women's Ministries).


Tags: Interviews · Missionaries · Human trafficking · Advocacy · Events

Episode 001–Supplemental

November 9th, 2010 · Comments

(Be sure to listen to episode 001--Interview with Kihomi Ngwemi--first!) This supplemental episode includes portions of the interview with Kihomi in which she describes growing up in DR Congo, how she and her husband came to Christ, and their call to ministry.


Tags: Interviews · Missionaries

Episode 001: Interview with Kihomi Ngwemi–Haiti–11-09-2010

November 9th, 2010 · Comments

Welcome to the first episode of our new podcast series, "In Their Shoes: Women Walking with Women WorldWide"! We're honored to launch with such a fantastic conversation as I had with Kihomi Ngwemi, missionary to Haiti. Kihomi and her husband Nzunga have served as missionaries in Haiti for many years. In this episode, I interview Kihomi just prior to her return to Haiti after having been gone for a year; she would be returning to a very different Haiti than she had left. Kihomi describes her ministry prior to the earthquake and begins to envision the ways in which it may change. I also include a short update from Kihomi sent to me a few weeks after her return.

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



Kihomi, far left












 Kihomi teaching





 Praying together





If you'd like to hear about Kihomi and Nzunga's childhood in DR Congo, their journey to Christ, and their call to ministry, check out the supplement to episode 1, "Kihomi and Nzunga's Story."


Tags: Missionaries · Maternal Health