“God has a call on your life, you have absolutely nothing to fear, and you have everything you need.” I remember the moment those words were spoken over me for the first time, and the freedom and peace that then flooded my heart. Since then, the Lord has reminded me that those words are for all His women. He wants us to join Him – to arise and follow Him into a world that is hurting. Everything I read lately describes how the poor and broken and marginalized are crying out – Jesus is their only hope. We need to join together, share our gifts and passions, and set out to set them free. The way things are does not have to remain…we can sacrifice personal comfort and security, give of our time and treasure, and work together to see God’s vision become reality.
At Connecting Streams, we can help you take wishful thinking and good intentions and make them a reality.
In Isaiah 61:1-3 Jesus declared His mission…and ours:
“…to preach good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor.”
Will you take the next step? The need is great. We are asking the Lord of the harvest to send laborers. We are asking the Lord to send people who share the dream of a different future, and who know it is time to step out in faith together. We will help get you started. Please contact us at 1-866-416-4661 or locally at 780-416-4661, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Inspirational Video of the Month: “I’ll Be” by the Newsboys
Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. No matter what trials or temptations you’re facing, no matter what tragedies or valleys you’re walking through – He is still God. As the powerful words of this song by the Newsboys remind us, God is telling us that “when there’s nothing left, just remember I’ll be…and “when your world is dark, I can still see.”
Quote of the Month:
“Change happens when people desire a new reality more than the current reality. When people see a potential future more preferable than the present, a sense of urgency grows in anticipation of the first steps toward change… However, each of us must make a very personal commitment to allow our hearts to be transformed in a way that affects our hands and feet… Why could we not commit to serving in a way that will cause us to run to God for help because we are so aware of our own inadequacy and weakness?”
~ Dave Blundell, Hungry for Life: A Vision of the Church that Would Transform the World
Faith Adventure: Did You Hear the News?!
We’ve just finished producing Connecting Streams’ annual report entitled Celebrating God’s Adventure – A Year in Review (2009 – 2010). Our motto of “empowering & equipping women to reach their world” has been the foundation of all the work we’ve endeavored to take on – in the Lord’s strength – over this past year. This document was created to celebrate what the Lord has been and is presently doing. Be sure to read this uplifting report so you can take a look at where we are currently at as an organization and rejoice with us as you read about personal testimonies of women overcoming challenges and taking faith adventures. It’s sure to build your faith!!
Edmonton Area Faith Adventure Opportunities
Click here to find a list of opportunities for men and women to take a faith adventure in the Edmonton area. You can either join existing teams, or else we can help you initiate a new team. If you are not located in Edmonton, you can be instrumental in helping to create faith adventure opportunities to meet the needs of the broken and hurting in your own city. Would you be willing to help begin a Connecting Streams team in your area, or at a venue for which you have a burden and that we have not yet considered? There are also opportunities within our organization in administration, event planning, volunteer coordination, etc. Contact us at 1-866-416-4661 or email us at email@example.com for more information.
SAVE THE DATE: “STEPPING OUT” – Saturday, October 2, 2010
The event will be held at Sherwood Park Alliance Church from 9:30a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be an orientation for new or potential volunteers from 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. The program will include a time for sharing your story and His story, for increasing your awareness and skills in crossing cultures, and for learning how to discern the reactions of your own heart. Be prepared for an exciting adventure ahead. You won’t want to miss this!! If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Marian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our current volunteers would tell you to come and see for yourselves. They would say they had no idea how much God loves them nor what would happen to them as they stepped out into adventure. There is a common denominator among all of our volunteers. Each would say they came to a place where they said to themselves, “There’s got to be more…. Now is the time…. I have got to step out and follow the nudge of God…. Where I am at is not enough.” Each of them had to overcome an obstacle to say yes to the invitation. What would be your obstacle? Your answer will help us prepare the path and remove the obstacles! Please send your answer to email@example.com.
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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order today. Click here to find out more about the Compass.