• Neelley Hicks

God-Sized Dreams

By Reverend Neelley Hicks

A God-sized dream isn’t humanly possible and can only be achieved if God is in it.

I remember Rev. Cayce Stapp daring me to dream this big years ago. The challenge stayed with me.

One of this year’s God-sized dreams was the 2019 Women Arise Leadership Conference– where we would gather those who’ve been working for change in their communities…to share…to learn…to dream again God-sized dreams for what is next for the Women Arise Network. Well, God showed up in a big way. Thanks, especially, to Seeds Ministries and individual donors, our God-sized dream was realized!

Destination: Arusha, Tanzania

From East, Central and North Katanga DR Congo, Northern Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya and United States, the Women Arise Network traveled to Arusha, Tanzania. This year’s focus: behavior change communication strategies for trauma-affected areas.


Some of the concerns raised:

  1. Women’s Rights & Gender Equality

  2. Violence (Sexual & General)

  3. Chikungunya, Typhoid Fever, Malaria, HIV & AIDS, and Ebola

  4. Childhood Malnourishment

We see a path to lessening these life-taking issues: the Women Arise Network informing its communities in the many languages of the Network to promote health, dignity, peace and education. We can do it through social media, radio, television and traditional, and face-to-face communications.

The Women Arise Network’s Value

One of the greatest assets of the United Methodist Church is its connectional system, which makes it possible for us to find one another in all parts of the world. We live amongst women from other faith traditions who suffer the same societal issues we face. Together, we can be a force for life.

What if we used our human network to communicate directly with those who most need peace, health, dignity and education?

Women leaders within the church who are equipped and trained to reach people where they are with the technologies of today can do it. Together, we reach millions of people in urban and rural areas.

Next Steps


Words emanate from who we are at our deepest level. If we are to bring healing to communities, we must speak from wholeness. Become whole and speak from that center. Amplify your voice; where you are about the things that you believe can be overcome through information. God will help you.

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