The Arise Executive Committee announces the cancellation of Arise Conference 2020 due to be held on 12 – 16 March 2020.
The Arise Conference is a conference focused on the professional and personal development of women for leadership across Central Asia and beyond. We place the highest value on the health and safety of our volunteers and conference participants.
The Arise Executive Committee has been forced to cancel the conference on the basis of World Health Organisation notifications and warnings about the impact of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, with increasing numbers of confirmed cases in the countries bordering Turkey, including Iran. The growing number of travel bans and imposed quarantines in neighbouring countries has made it impossible to go ahead with the conference.
Life in Central Asia and beyond, especially for Christian women, is very difficult. In cultures where, still today, equality nor religious freedom truly exist and domestic violence is a cultural travesty, Christian women are suffering - deeply!
These women, in so many cases, are still regarded as property. Wife-napping is real. Women are thrown out of the home because they have not produced a son. Laws, enforced laws, confine these women in so many facets, and poverty plagues many of these nations.
Arise exists to invest into the purpose of these women today! We believe in their worth, their gifts and talents...their divine destinies! And we have determined to come alongside them, to encourage them in the Word & Spirit, strengthen them in soul, and equip them to live out their God-given design, all-be-it in hard, hard places!
Arise is able to touch these women today because of the generous financial donations of dear friends and partners, whose hearts have been stirred to help these women leaders. Your support will make the way for these women to attend our conference each year, where they will return to their nations with the strength and vision to minister to their families, churches, and communities in some of the most difficult regions of our world.