The National, Wednesday, May 25, 2011
By DULCIE OREKE
MORE THAN 20 women have gathered at Kido village, Central, for a week-long conference.
The conference is the first triennial inauguration for women’s in the United church.
Speaking during the official launching of the conference this week, Joan Aihi, wife of Office of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister Paru Aihi, shared a passage from Mark 14, verses 3 to 8.
The passage read: “And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard.
“Then she broke the flask and poured it on his head. But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said ‘why was this fragrant oil wasted?’ ‘For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.’ And criticised her sharply.
“But Jesus said, ‘Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for me. For you have the poor with you always and whenever you wish you may do them good; but me you do not have always.
“‘She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint my body for burial.”
Aihi based her sharing on the passage questioned women if they were prepared to do likewise.
She told women they had to go beyond their normal leadership to take the church forward by making some commitments to achieve their goals and visions.
She said the church’s was significant and answers did not lie in the government but the churches.
Aihi said serving God was the highest calling and she was blessed to be present with the women.