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Cesia Alvadaro Zemleduch, guest speaker from Mexico; Lilia Torres, Women’s Ministries director for the New Jersey Conference; and Olgath Thorp, Women’s Ministries sub-director, spend the women’s retreat in fellowship.

300 Women 'Heal Their Wounds' at Retreat

Story by New Jersey Conference Staff

The New Jersey Conference recently hosted a women’s retreat, themed “Transformed to Think and Live Well,” at the Embassy Suites in Piscataway. More than 300 women victoriously “healed their wounds,” as guest speaker Jane Brown, a psychologist from Allegheny East Conference’s University Heights church in Somerset, N.J., spoke to them about the real transformation that occurs when Jesus is the center of your life; a transformation that neighbors, family, friends and co-workers can see.

Cesia Alvarado Zemleduch, a guest speaker from Mexico, spoke on emotional health. She gave dif- ferent scenarios of abuse and neglect in childhood and upbringing, and how, without knowing, women become abusive to themselves, where depression, drugs, sex and a sense of worthlessness can be their go-to. Despite the adverse situations of life, however, she said women can find peace and consolation in Jesus, as David mentions in Psalm 147:3. “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (NIV).

At the conclusion of the retreat, the attendees held their cellphones high, and, using their flashlight modes, sang “Light a Light” and committed to be the light in this dark world to help others heal their wounds and to think and live well.

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