are reported to be the primary or sole
decision-makers when it comes to allocating a family’s philanthropic giving.
cbm canada is the bridge joining these
two sides. So it is absolutely appropriate
that women make up 71 percent of our
workforce and half of our leadership team.
in every department, women influence
how we spend donated dollars effectively
and wisely, how we advocate to government, how we communicate with our
supporters and how we ensure dollars are
allocated as each donor wishes.
Women reaching out to women,
working together with women, creating
church and in the world. From the beginning, women have been integral to the
development of Emmanuel Bible college,
from faculty and staff to students and
Emmanuel has been blessed with a
rich history filled with the stories of its
alumni, including Edna pridham, the first
graduate to serve overseas as a mission-
ary in 1946 in Nigeria, and Eileen lageer,
the first woman to graduate from the
Bachelor of Theology program in 1970.
Their stories, and the countless untold
stories, inspire us by their sacrifice and
passion and encourage the next gen-
eration of women to step out in faith and
pursue a post-secondary biblical
education and answer the
call of ministry that God has
placed on their lives.
During 2010–2011 Em-
manuel spent the school
year honouring the women of
Emmanuel – women of faith
– and recognized alumni Marilyn
Mcilroy, Dr. lois Fuller Dow and Eileen
lageer. Their lives are just a few examples
of the impact made when one serves God
wherever he leads.
emmanuel Bible college
From its modest beginning
in the basement of a church
in Stouffville, Ont. in 1940 to
the present urban campus in
Kitchener, Ont., Emmanuel Bible
college has sought to prepare women and
men to think, live, serve and lead in the
to be better
Meet Gillian rumney,
Emergency relief and
ErDO was established
in 1983 as the humanitarian agency of
the pentecostal assemblies of canada.
rumney oversees ErDO’s program work
in 35 countries: programs that advocate
for the rights of women and children in the
developing world, responding to urgent
crises and assisting families who have
been affected by disaster. rumney has
been with ErDO since 1990 and has been
instrumental in the growth of its program.
She was influential in starting ErDO’s
child sponsorship program, childcarE
plus, in 1992.
rumney’s heart for those in need
shows in her attention to the needs of indi-
viduals in program planning, development
and implementation. One area of ErDO’s
work that she is especially excited about is
microfinance. in congo, ErDO’s program
is called the Wezesha project, which in
Swahili means “empower.” Women are
given small loans to start and expand
businesses to help support their families.
This is a great an example of what rumney
does: she empowers others.
rumney loves her work. christ’s
compassion compels her to respond to
the urgent needs around our world. She
leads by example and is a passionate voice
for the hurting. “Gillian is an inspirational
woman of God with great insight, wisdom
and many exciting ideas,” said Judy lund-
rigan, one of childcarE plus’s administra-
a. W. Tozer once said there are people
“whose very presence incites others to
also be better christians.” Gillian rumney
is one of those people.