Los Rios Leadership Training Planting Seeds for Harvest
Message: A Little Girl Servant Girl Scripture: 2 Kings 5:1-4; Philippians 2:1-4
Saturday - February 12 - 10 to noon Register Below
Featured Speaker: Ellen Ronas Dizon "Once a Deaconess, always a Deaconess"!
Once a deaconess, you are forever a deaconess. God's mission continues, and God's mission never ends! God is always calling us. The call to love, justice, and service is for life!
God has called me to serve and raise justice to the different cultures that I worked with, to help amplify the voice of the children and the youth, facilitate the development of full human potential, and help alleviate the suffering of the less privileged through our mission ministries. My passion was always to advocate for the marginalized, the children, and the youth. I am ensuring that they are in the right place and not forgotten.
I graduated from Harris Memorial College in 1978. Major in Christian Education, Minor in Social Work. Commissioned in the Philippines 1979. Served in the Philippines as Christian Educator/Choir Director-Organist/Preschool Teacher and Community Worker. Volunteered at the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and served as a Curriculum writer to raise social justice for the marginalized and oppressed. I migrated to the US in 1988, and I transferred my deaconess relationship from the Philippines to the US in 1990, so I can continue my ministry as a deaconess wherever I go.
I served as a preschool-teacher director for 30 years, worked with new immigrant families who wanted to preserve their culture and values, working with children with various needs, volunteered as Christian Education director, facilitated mission opportunities for the children and youth.
I retired last June 2020 as a preschool teacher-director. I am retired but re-fired. I got new tires and fired up to do mission work. Being retired as a preschool teacher and director has given me more opportunities to serve and the ability to move on to new mission ministries. I have focused on the different mission opportunities to advocate for love, justice, and service. I continue to partner with the mission programs in the Philippines through the National Council of churches in the Philippines and Asuncion Perez, a UM Social agency organized by the United Methodist Women, and help manage mission opportunities at my local church. I am also a member of the CALNEV Children's Ministry Task Force, Western Jurisdiction Volunteers in Mission, and the National Association of the FIL-AM UM Human Rights Task Force.
Last October 2020, I was blessed to be back in active service when Megan and Scott called me for a special appointment. I am currently serving the Deaconess and Home Missioners Office as a Transfer coordinator and consultant. I advocate and serve as a resource for Filipino deaconesses residing in the US to transfer their deaconess relationship from the Philippines to the US. Another mission opportunity is to raise awareness of my mission siblings' calling as a deaconess and reconnect to the Deaconess office. As a deaconess, I will continue to connect, support, and do the best I can to bring the love of Jesus to my extended family at church and the community outside the church, to the Philippines, and to all parts of the world where the Kingdom of God needs to be experienced!
I am married to Jesse Dizon, who is loving, very supportive, and always takes pride in my ministry. We are blessed with three caring sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and three beautiful grandkids who bring so much joy to the family.