Kathryn Geerlings is a wife, mom, creative type, constant learner and a great writer. She’s a fan of Entrust and we’re a fan of hers. Enjoy Kathryn’s blog post about her time in Switzerland with women from several nations, learning new ministry skills. She’s vulnerable and funny and the photos are fantastic!
Bonding through quilts and frogs … in Switzerland.
We always enjoy a day off during our intensive Women-to-Women Ministry Training (WWMT) trainings in Switzerland. This year the participants and facilitators spent a lovely spring day in Basel. One of the participants in Discovery Bible Study (DBS), Ann, is a quilter and wanted to find a quilt shop in a suburb. I decided to go with her even though I am not a quilter.
Ann is an introvert and was ready to explore Basel and the quilt shop on her own. All she felt she needed was a map and her sense of adventure. However, she was willing to have someone join her on this expedition. I tend to be more task-oriented and often forget to make room for the Holy Spirit, so I wouldn’t normally have seen a reason to go with Ann. But, I’m glad I went.
God used that day of walking, talking, eating lunch in a beautiful quiet park, discovering a sign we could not begin to understand (Frog Crossing?) and just spending time together, to help us get to know each other better. God stretched Ann out of her normal mode of aloneness and reminded me of the importance of listening to the Lord.
–Trish Barrett, WWMT facilitator
Women from points across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America are gathering as you read this, on a picturesque hillside in Switzerland. Not to yodel. Not to milk cows. Not in search of Heidi. Yes, to sample stellar Swiss chocolate. And primarily, to share fellowship as followers of Jesus and to sharpen their ministry skills. Tomorrow is the first of several days of study, discussion, practice in preparing lesson plans and leading small group studies and honing inductive Bible study techniques.
Pray for them. The chocolate helps, but your prayers will sustain them most of all.
Do you like chocolate?
Do you enjoy walking in magnificently beautiful places?
Do you, have you or might you ever serve in any ministry role with a Christian organization?
Do you long for meaningful friendships with women, especially women from different cultures?
If you’re nodding a lot of “yesses” right now, you need to look into coming to Switzerland next March for Entrust Women-to-Women Ministry Training (WWMT).
Look into it! The chocolate awaits …
Swiss Alps on your bucket list? Enjoy high-quality chocolate? Love God and sense a need to sharpen some ministry skills, like leading a small group, preparing a Bible study, caring for hurting women? Sounds like you need to watch this video. Learn more about our Swiss training hub at www.entrust4.org/Swisshub