“You are worthy, you are precious” was the theme that echoed throughout the speeches of the day at the ‘Hadassah Woman’ ladies gathering hosted at the tranquil surroundings of Albert Falls resort on Saturday the 1st of December. ‘Hadassah woman’ is a ladies ministry founded by the first lady of Mount Zion Christian Centre, Pastor Vuyi Mkhize. The name ‘Hadassah’ was another name of Esther whom God strategically placed in order to later use to set His people free. This ministry was founded with the vision of refining the Hadassah within each woman, bringing light to each woman that they are bold, able, powerful, chosen and of the will of God.

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The ladies gathering hosted on Saturday was honoured by various guests which were treated to a scrumptious breakfast upon arrival. The conference had five guest speakers, the first to take to the podium was Mrs Thembi Maphumulo who spoke about relationships. ‘Love yourself, don’t sell yourself short and before you enter any relationship ask yourself what value will it add to your life’ said Maphumulo. Maphumulo also stated that for any relationship to prosper, those in it had to learn to be quick to forgive and quick to apologise. The second speaker was Mrs Andiswa Magadlela whom spoke about financial freedom. Magadlela encouraged women to take time to think about their financial positions, how much money they would need to be financially independent, financially free and wealthy. ‘Financial independence is when you are able to buy what you need, financial freedom is when you can make money while you are sleeping or on holiday and wealth is when you have multiple streams of income’ explained Magadlela. Magadlela urged women to use electronic means of payment so they can track their spending trends using their bank statements and hence adjust the spending trend if need be. Pastor Mkhize also added to this financial topic, by pointing out that the bible states that poverty is a curse and that we ought to have four streams of income.

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Mrs Toyi Mthembu, author and motivational speaker, spoke about surviving adversities. She gave a testimony of her walk in life and how she managed to overcome her pain. ‘One of my best selling books I wrote while in pain, this helped me through my pain’ were the words of Mthembu. She urged the guests to learn to forgive and be humble and let go of situations before they make them bitter people. The fourth speaker was Mrs Samke Msomi who spoke about step parenting. ‘Stepchildren are not always victims,biological children can also be victims’ stated Msomi. She then went on to explain certain realities about blended families. ‘Love in a blended family isn’t automatic or natural, as a step parent you need to make a conscious decision to love your step children’ a concerning truth stated by Msomi. A number of informative points were made by Msomi about step parenting, one of the most important being the background of the parents who are trying to co-parent as their up bringings affect how they bring up the children. ‘As a step parent you will feel used, therefore please ask God to fill you up with His unconditional love’ said Msomi.

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The guests were then treated to a delicious lunch and entertainment which was enjoyed by all. There was a lucky draw where the lucky winners walked away with hatinators, fascinators and hats. Thereafter the last speaker spoke ,Mini Ntuli. The young lady spoke about branding yourself, stating the importance of knowing that one is a brand and that each person should act within the confines of their brand. ‘Love yourself within before expecting people from the outside to love you’ said Ntuli. Women were encouraged to make an effort into knowing what suits their body shapes, their styles, personalities and brands. Guests were then presented with goodie bags. The host, Pastor Mkhize thanked everyone for coming and for making and the conference a success

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