Wow, what a wonderful day! Oh, but the grace of God we all could be in there. None of us are righteous, no not one of us. These are real women with real lives, sister, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and friends. There were 4 of us that went today to minister to the women. A friend of mine, Linda Walsh, already has a ministry there and she is the one who invited me to come do the Inductive Bible Study teaching for the women. She has been introducing them to this method of study over a period of years and has so longed to have a day where as many women as wanted to come could come. She brought her dear daughter in love, Beth along, and Beth shared in song. She has an amazing voice and presence with a powerful testimony of God's healing touch. And another friend of theirs named Tara was there to be extra hands and touch to the women. I began the morning by sharing my testimony of how I came to Christ Jesus in January of 1980 and how the Lord reached down from Heaven and brought me out of darkness into His marvelous light. And then shared with them how the Lord taught me how to parent and be a wife and how He has continued to reveal Himself to me and carry me through good times as well as difficult times. I felt this was a very special time as these women checked me out to see if I was real! I think they were able to hear from my testimony that I bleed red as well as them and have cried a river of tears. When I picked up the microphone to sing, "My Life is in Your Hands" the Lord captured their undivided attention and ministered to their hearts. We had an over the top lunch after the count time. We bought Pizza and a ton of junk that we should not eat but they don't get it so we filled them up with chocolate candy bars, cookies, brownies, soda pop,chips and dip, and we sang in unison, I can't believe I ate the whole thing! I warned them that they were now going to want to doze off during the afternoon break but they pressed on and almost everyone participated as we studied Ruth Chapter 1. Linda has a group that are going to now join her one day a week to finish it up with her, they are very excited. I could share with you many stories of these women's lives but I don't want to keep you, I just wanted to share that most of them had been sexually molested or experience a loss of a loved one or a divide family and you see these women trying to fill their lives with something. Sex, drug and alcohol! There was a consistent pattern as you listened and yet many these women have come to Christ and are standing by one another to encourage and exhort to press on and stand firm. I challenged them that I may be going to other parts of the world right now but their mission field is inside the fence and the barbed wire! One young woman got up and shared , " He brought me from the gutter most to the uttermost"!!!!! And He has!
Thank you so much for your prayers, I feel sure I will go again and visit these women and of course open up the Word of God with them.
God bless you all, Cindy