This Is How I Lead is a series on the ZOE Blog. We love learning from others...so we have asked some good questions of great female leaders across the globe. We hope it will inspire you in your own leadership! If you have some questions for these women, post it in the comments section.
This week we feature Linda Vedhuizen. We recently visited with Linda while we were in Asia. Linda is the Director of Noah's Ark Ministries, located in Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines. She has been in the Philippines for the past 25 years and founded Noah's Ark Ministries, which runs a temporary Home for Children for orphaned, abandoned, malnourished, special needs and educationally disadvantaged children. Through this ministry the children are given a chance for a brighter future and have an opportunity to come into a relationship with God. Noah's Ark Ministries also provides educational scholarships to students, many of them young women.
Linda is a hero to us!
Who are you?
I am Linda Veldhuizen working as a Global Worker for the PAOC.
Where do you minister?
I minister in a remote town nestled in the mountains of the northern Philippines.
How long have you worked with vulnerable women?
I have been working with vulnerable women in particular young people for the past 25 years.
Using three words, how would you describe your leadership style?
Passionate, Servant, Example
How do you go about empowering women in your context?
I am empowering women by providing a high school and college education for children who live in Noah’s Ark Home for Children. These youth are from broken and very poor families. Without our help they would not be able to complete even their high school education. I believe education empowers women to be able to get a better job and to provide for their future families and end the cycle of poverty.
I am also empowering our staff in Noah’s Ark home by giving them a job and encouraging them through the personal difficulties they are facing.
Who has been your greatest influence in your development as a leader? (Dead or Alive)
One of the greatest influence in developing my personal leadership is Rev. Gaye Norrie who has been a great influence in my life since I was 18 years old.
What specific ways have you worked to develop your skills?
I read books but mostly I develop my skills working through everyday situations that arise. I have learned by making mistakes and developing what works in this culture.
What is the greatest need you see in women around you?
Most of the women I know here have a great desire to work hard and to provide for their families. The problem they are facing is that there are no jobs and they do not have the capital to start their own business etc. They seem stuck in the circle of poverty.
If someone wanted to get involved, what could they do to help?
They could help by maybe sponsoring a woman here to start a business.
If you are interested in helping Linda through ZOE Projects...donate here.