As I was sitting with a friend last week, she suddenly turned to me and confided, “I feel like I have been awakened from a deep sleep!” My heart could hardly contain my excitement. Why did that thrill me?
Only the week prior she had had the opportunity to share her story and His story while teaching worship dance to women who “sleep” in prison…and she has been awakened as a result! That’s exactly what we are praying will happen when women step out in faith to embark upon the adventures He’s called them to.
I’ve been reading The Forgotten Ways by Alan Hirsch. In one of my favorite portions, he reiterates that “too much concern with safety and security, combined with comfort and convenience, has lulled us out of our true calling and purpose.”
Hirsch goes on to comment that “…all great missionary movements begin at the fringes of the church, among the poor and the marginalized, and seldom, if ever, at the center…It seems that when the church engages at the fringes, it almost always brings life to the center.”
As we begin to follow where He leads to give our lives away on behalf of others, we come to life. It’s a promise…and a revelation of His heartbeat.
“If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.”…”For I was hungry, and you fed Me. I was thirsty, and you gave Me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited Me into your home. I was naked, and you gave Me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for Me. I was in prison, and you visited Me.” ~ Jesus (Matthew 16:24,25; 25:35,36 NLT)
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Inspirational Video of the Month: “Jesus Glasses”
From the Athletes in Action Academy, check out this “faith adventure challenge” from Doug Pollock (author of God Space) that we offer our eyes to Christ in consecration. Let our prayer be, “Give us eyes to see the world and the people who cross my path today the way You do, Lord”. Do you get up in the morning and put your “Jesus Glasses” on? Paul modeled this for us in Acts 17. Start observing the context in which you’ll be ministering and watch God speak to you with clarity and discernment as you take in your surroundings.
Quote of the Month:
“When we share the Good News of Jesus and His Kingdom, we become transformed in the process. It is not simply those who hear the Gospel that are transformed, but also those who share it!”
~ Merv Budd, National Director, Equipping Evangelists
God’s Invitation to Adventure
Inside each of us is a desire to leave the ordinary behind and experience the extraordinary plan the Lord has for us. We long to make a difference in this world. The Lord is calling “Come, follow Me” into a world desperately needing a Savior. An adventure awaits if we will say “yes.”
Envision women arising, taking intentional steps into a hurting world to put love into action and share the truth about Jesus Christ. As we experience God’s love and His ability to change lives, He transforms our hearts in the process.
In Luke 5:10b, 11 Jesus replied to Simon, “’Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!’ And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.” Read more…
[The information above is taken from our most recent brochure. Email us for a pdf copy or request printed copies at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
Connecting Streams is now on social media sites. You can find us on Facebook (both a group page and organization page), Twitter (username is ConnectStreams), and YouTube. You can also find Donna Mitchell on LinkedIn or on a Google Profile. Start following us today to find out about important announcements and news.
Compass – The Compass is a powerful catalyst for discussion. It can be used one-on-one, in small groups, to follow up on outreach and conference events, or to mobilize women into their communities or workplace. Take advantage of our discounted price of $7.50, up to 5 copies. Bulk orders over 5 cost $5.00 each. Contact email@example.com to place your order today. Click here to find out more about the Compass.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 – Staying in Tune: An Interactive Communication Training for Men & Women, by Sean Swaby
Sherwood Park Alliance Church
1011 Cloverbar Road
8:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Cost: $20 per person
Sean Swaby will be teaching about how people change and the cycles they go through. It is applicable to the process of making any decisions and choices to change, including following Jesus. Regardless of your current situation, the training will help with all of the relationships in your sphere of influence. Please register today (deadline is April 15) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening of Sunday, May 16, 2010 – Celebration Event Join us to hear exciting testimonies from volunteers, chaplains, and women whose lives have been transformed. This is a great opportunity to bring friends and potential volunteers to hear about the ministry of Connecting Streams. The event will be held at Sherwood Park Alliance Church from 7 – 9 p.m. Please RSVP to Marian Davis at 780-464-2405 or email@example.com by May 13 (the sooner, the better) so we can plan accordingly for the event.
Online Mentor Centre:
We now have an online ministry called The Mentor Centre that matches prayer requests with trained mentors. Thorough training equips you to mentor. We are looking for online mentors. Click here to apply today and begin the training.
If you desire for us to come and speak to your women’s or church group, let us know by emailing Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to be a part of challenging women to be transformed by the love of God, and to step out to reach their world by taking a faith adventure. It’s thrilling to hear what the Lord does when we are willing to step out in faith – we change! Visit our website to find out more about a faith adventure!!