The S.I.S.T.A.H.S Ministry International gives leadership to at-risk teens, teen mothers, victims of domestic violence, authors, poets, women with business and other ministries. Through a shared vision and the empowering of the Holy Spirit, The SISTAHS Ministry works within the principles of the Bible to obey the great commandment and the great commission, carrying out Christ’s redeeming work of love, mercy, and justice in the world.
The S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Ministry began in August, 2006 in Michigan and grew nationally to five other states, currently having four other State Chapters (Massachusetts, New York, Nevada, and Pennsylvania). Our main objective is to unite women and teenage girls to impact their world, with a specific concentration of helps to victims of domestic violence, at-risk teenage girls and teenage mothers. The S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Ministry also seeks to uplift God through encouraging and edifying women and teenage girls to move forward in the blessings of the Lord. The Ministry seeks to combine the gifts and talents given to women and teenage girls (through the written Word, journalistic gifting, businesses and fellow ministries) and to be a viable Christian women's resource where one can find food for the soul, hope in the difficult times, and network to collaborate with other organizations and ministries to make an impact in the community. As of October, 2008 the enlightening force of God's Word, through The SISTAHS Ministry, was enlarged internationally into Torino, Italy and Nigeria, Africa and in June, 2009 the Hebron Prayer Church of India commenced their chapter of The SISTAHS Ministry under the covering of Pastor Joshua Gona.
In January, 2008 the Ministry sought to spread the word and share the gifts of women and teenage girls nationally and internationally through hosting the Living in Favor and Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Radio Broadcast on BlogTalkRadio.
As the Ministry sought to become more tangibly connected with the local Metropolitan Detroit community of women and teenage girls, the annual SISTAHS Embracing the Elevation Conference was organized. The first Conference was held Friday, August 28, 2008 wherein over 200 women and teenage girls were hosted, and thus community and non-profit relations began. In order to provide a wholistic program to impact the lives of women and teenage girls, the SISTAH Teen Mentoring Initiative was established in October, 2008 with Director Sharnae Coakley. As an expansion of the SISTAH Teen Ministry, and in further coordination of a wholistic program, annual events were organized: Bowling Blast and "All the Single Ladies" Dating & Relationships Workshop.
In March, 2009 the Lord sanctioned the expansion of the Ministry through tangible written evangelism online and SISTAH Talk E-Magazine emerged. Endeavoring to accomplish the mission of the Ministry, SISTAH Talk has shared the stories of some of the nation's most prominent and rising business women, preachers, pastors and authors.
Through ministry and service, The S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Ministry International has empowered, informed and inspired many women and teenage girls nationally and internationally through collaboration and partnership with local non-profit organizations, such as Sisters Acquiring Financial Empowerment (S.A.F.E.), Helping Individuals Succeed (H.I.S. Agency), The Edwin Denby Center for Teenage Girls/Mothers, Women In Touch, Detroit Rescue Mission's Genesis House II, Detroit Federation of Youth and Covenant House. The Ministry has been a support to many women in business and in ministry through networking and collaboration, and has been recognized for their work in the community. In October, 2010 the Ministry was sought to conduct a weekly bible study session with the Women's Recovery Program of Operation Get Down (Detroit, MI).
As the Lord has brought to fruition the wholistic programming through empowerment workshops and activities, The S.I.S.T.A.H.S. Ministry International continues to seek to maintain the inspirational and informative community and business relationships nationally, as well as internationally through the anointing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
AFRICA, ITALY & INDIA CHAPTERS
Magdaline Joyce Ihaza, Director - AFRICA
Magdaline Joyce Ihaza was born in Benin City, Nigeria Africa and studies in Queen Ede High School. She came to believe in the power of God's anointing in 1998. As International Director of The SISTAHS Ministry, she has developed two groups - one in Torino, Italy and one in Nigeria Africa - and is honoring the call of The SISTAHS Ministry to unite teenage girls and women to impact their world. She has developed an international heart beat which allows The SISTAHS Ministry to impact the Kingdom through the ministry of evangelism and compassion, as we train, empower, support and encourage.
The Hebron Prayer Church and Pastor Joshua Gona - INDIA
Joshua Gona is from South India and is the Pastor of The Hebron Prayer Church, serving the Lord full-time for the last over 5 years. He is a man who has dedicated his life to do the ministry, and is the Assistant Pastor in the main campus of The Hebron Prayer Church.
His father, Pastor Calebu Gona, is the senior minister of The Hebron Prayer Church. Pastor Joshua loves to share the Word of God with the Hundu nation and tribal areas with this call:
"To preach the Gospel to the poor... Heal the broken-hearted; Deliver the captive and bruised..."
In spite of the crushing persecution, by divine intervention, Pastor Joshua has a vision to expand the ministry all over India by arranging gospel crusades, pastors conferences, youth retreats and women's ministry meetings.