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
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.
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.
Sharpen your ministry skills. Gain unique, in-depth understanding of facilitating discussions. Learn to ask powerful questions. Grow in shepherding and mentoring women. Refresh your ability to study the Bible for your own personal growth, for small group studies or even for giving talks and presentations. Make new friends. Enjoy clear mountain air and beautiful mountain vistas. Laugh and cry and pray and study and think. It’s all available for you June 9-16! Women-to-Women Ministry Training in Palmer Lake, Colorado.
Registration is still open. Find out more and sign up today. Bring a friend. You will never regret it! Go to http://www.entrust4.org/wwmt/schedule/2017-06-colorado to find out more!
Please pray for:
March 6-10: Thank God for opportunities to present workshops and meet with students at the World Evangelization Conference at Dallas Theological Seminary. Ask the Lord to lead potential recruits to consider joining Entrust.
March 24-April 1: Intercede for women from multiple countries, sharpening ministry skills together at our Women-to-Women Ministry Training (WWMT) hub in Switzerland.
March 27-April 5: Lift up the women who are gaining ministry training in Brazil, at the training hub organized by our ministry partner, Equipping Women International (EWI).
Late March and April: Pray for Harvey Newton as he teaches pastors and ministry leaders in Moldova.
To download and print the Prayer Bridge, go to www.entrust4.org/201703PB
Women traveled from eight countries to gain much-desired ministry training last fall in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Entrust’s Women-to-Women Ministry Training (WWMT) staff cooperated with ladies from our ministry partner in Thailand, Equipping Women International (EWI), in facilitating hands-on learning for these key ministry leaders. Entrust’s Tricia Lambert reports. Read the story at http://www.entrust4.org/w…/stories/reflections-from-thailand