Women in the Window International is part of a collaborative movement to equip and empower women leaders, who in turn equip and empower other women leaders.
Women in the Window International provides comprehensive training for women in their unique context and culture so that local women leaders are equipped to train other women to fulfill their God-given potential. We do so as part of our vibrant relationships and ongoing partnerships with indigenous, locally-led ministries in Africa, Asia, America and the Middle East.
In addition, we participate in collaborative and creative networks of Christian ministry established in some of the most difficult places on earth for the Gospel to spread. Yet, because of the training, we see women become life-changing and transformational agents of Christ’s love and power within their homes, churches, communities, nations, and beyond, as some serve across national boundaries and overcome barriers that we may never be able to overcome.
Our training is categorized in 5 distinct capacity-building strategies:
The strategy of training women leaders is both biblically sound and culturally correct.
Dr. Paul Heibert, noted missiologist and author.
Noted author, professor, and missiologist Dr. Paul Hiebert said this about women’s ministry that trains women in their local context to train other women, who in turn train others (2 Timothy 2:2): “The method of training women to minister among women in nations and cultures where women are shut off from most of society because of their gender such as the Middle East and certain parts of India, is both biblically sound and culturally correct.” Biblical accounts remind us that women are remarkable leaders and commanded to train younger women to serve their families, their communities, and their nations. Jesus often included women as part of the larger group of disciples who followed and serve with Him. Societies across the globe benefit as women are equipped and gather other women to share in these specific capacity-building trainings.
We proclaim Him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:28-29).
This capacity-building component includes spiritual formation and renewal for women leaders. Our ministry partners tirelessly labor to serve the women in their own communities and nations. They need a time and place to be refreshed and renewed. We provide just such a “place” for them to refocus their hearts and minds on their value in Christ. And we provide re-tooling for them in keeping with their calling and spiritual gifts so that they minister from a place of wholeness in Christ and joy in the Holy Spirit.
“If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.” Romans 12:8 NLT
This capacity-building component is focused exclusively on leadership development. Women are often asked to lead other women and yet lack the tools of leadership. Leadership development principles are applied through an introduction to leadership from Romans 12, followed by specific leadership tools from how to start a women’s ministry, to team-building, mentoring, event-planning as well as conflict management. We are thrilled to see the women leaders we serve flourish with God-given spiritual gifts and natural abilities.
“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night” (Proverbs 31:17-18).
This capacity-building component includes business and economic development.Micro-enterprise training for women alleviates poverty and results in stronger homes and communities. As women generate additional resources, their families become wise stewards of their assets to support local churches and ministries. Women often have vocational skills, but lack the business skills to operate a successful micro-business. Women in the Window International leads them through the process of establishing a business plan and successfully running their own business, whether they are in a refugee camp or city setting.
“Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is” (3 John 1:2).
This capacity-building component includes lessons in hygiene, nutrition, and other key aspects of health and physical development. Women are excited to learn that nearly 80% of illness and disease is preventable in developing nations. We also cover many aspects of women’s health including sexuality, pregnancy, infertility and more. Health training not only improves the quality of life for the entire family but also becomes an outreach platform for women to reach their community with the Good News of the Gospel.
Our goal is to demonstrate the love and truth of Christ as we “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8-9).
This component includes human rights assessment, awareness, and activity to bring freedom to oppressed women and children. Women in the Window International embraces the enormous opportunity to address the oppression of women with the establishment of a capacity-building component focused on training local women leaders in advocacy. Women in the Window International ministry partners are closely connected to human rights situations. During our advocacy trainings, we help them determine culturally-appropriate and biblical responses to issues affecting women in their own communities as they become the voice for the voiceless.