Gentle island breezes. Brilliant turquoise water. Banana groves. Hurting, breaking hearts. Hold it. Which of these things is not like the others? Two women describe God’s tender work in their wounded lives, lives lived in a beautiful place.
Our Serbian learner and talented baker is at it again. Dora produced not only a cake decorated with symbols representing our Discovery Bible Study course but also, cookies beautifully emblazoned with the title of our Developing a Discerning Heart course in Serbian. Entrust’s Sandy Shaffer and Beth Van Bebber, who travel to Serbia to co-facilitate these courses, are delighted not only with these Serbian confections but with how the women are taking to heart what they’re learning. Dora is now co-facilitating a second-generation group of Serbian women taking DDH. Sweet!
Amidst Dr. Seussian sculpted trees, elephant fountains, orchid gardens and rich Thai hospitality, 20 women representing 12 nations came together for 10 days of rest, worship and lack of rest. Say what? While the setting was exquisitely peaceful, the ladies worked hard. It was an intensive women’s ministry training offered by Entrust partner Equipping Women International.
The women, each in full-time ministry, completed at least 50 hours of pre-study prior to coming to Thailand, then spent another 50 hours of classroom time, some in Facilitating Relational Learning, some in Developing a Discerning Heart and some in Discovery Bible Study. “God truly was in the middle of us,” reflects coordinator Debbie Lamp, “working his good into every one of our lives.”
For information about next year’s training in Thailand, visit www.entrust4.org/ThaiHub.
Rachel Wilson serves with SIM in Ethiopia and has taken three Entrust modules, including Discovery Bible Study (DBS) which I co-facilitated at our training hub in Switzerland in March. She and I re-connected at the wedding of an SIM staff member this past July. At our table, we were surrounded by SIM staff.
It was a thrill to hear Rachel, second-generation Entrust learner, tell the women at the table about Facilitating Relational Learning, Developing a Discerning Heart and DBS. The best part was her describing how she’s passing along what she’s learned with other women, including nationals in Ethiopia and women in the States. An SIM worker who served in Nigeria for many years was excited to hear about the training and asked for more information. God continues to widen the opportunities for Entrust across the world thanks to participants like Rachel who are “multiplying.” – Trish Barrett, Entrust facilitator and Mid-Atlantic hub coordinator
Nine women from multiple nations are grappling with God’s work in their lives as you read this. Entrust’s ministry partner, Equipping Women International, is holding an intensive Developing a Discerning Heart (DDH) module in Brazil through April 5, involving seven participants and two facilitators.
Ask God to open each woman’s mind and heart to how they need his healing touch — recognizing any lies they may believe, people they need to forgive, new truths God wants them to hear and stand firm in. Pray for safe travel, as the road to the meeting site is notoriously bad. Pray for physical health for each one and for their families at home. And pray each woman will pass along what she’s learning now, to those in her realms of ministry, after this training is complete.
DDH is Entrust’s popular module, Developing a Discerning Heart. Find out why the director of women’s ministries at a huge church in North Carolina says DDH changed everything by clicking on the video link below.
To read about how Entrust training is impacting churches like this one in the U.S., go to our eMagazine, Engage.
“Eleven women traveled from all over Brazil and a few came from Ecuador. They were all so thankful for the training and I can honestly say that there were a couple of women that even looked different by the end!! Their whole countenance had been transformed by the week of receiving encouragement and affirmation from other like-minded women, and feeling confident about using what they had been taught and modeled.”
So reported one of the Developing a Discerning Heart facilitators at the Equipping Women International (Entrust partner) session in Brazil last month. This sentiment is confirmed by these women’s own words:
“I don’t feel so afraid or inadequate to facilitate Bible study. I feel like I can use these skills anywhere I go and I’m excited to put them to use.”
“…a tremendous help (to me) in helping others to sort out and work constructively on their issues.”
“…importance of helping others find answers through good questions, Holy Spirit, and God’s word.”