Rise Up – National Wesleyan Women Retreat – Don’t miss this!
We are anticipating an amazing weekend in August at our National Wesleyan Womens Retreat. Already we are seeing God’s almighty influence at work as we see speakers fall into place, an energetic organising committee come together and an enthusiastic response from women locally and overseas.
When the National Wesleyan Women’s executive began brainstorming for this event we wondered aloud if we could have a keynote speaker such as Rev Dr Jo Anne Lyon come from the US to bring our messages. Ruth Thomas, having a connection already with Dr Lyon, volunteered to email her and in less than 24 hours we had her positive response. God is good!
When we approached the South Queensland WW committee to broaden their regular district retreat to enable a national event to occur, the suggestion was met with open arms and open hearts despite the extra workload it would bring. God is good!
When we started approaching women with particular interests and passions to bring their expertise to the weekend in the form of facilitating discussions or leading workshops we were met with willing hearts. God is good!
When we mentioned this event to our overseas sisters we have had an overwhelming response. Women from PNG immediately started fundraising to enable them to come. Women from Solomon Islands are determined to raise the funds for their representatives to be with us. They plan to extend their stay to minister amongst our churches as they desire to give back to the Australian church as we have been able to contribute in the Solomon’s in previous years. God is good!
God is good! I am confident that God means for us to gather together in August for a powerful message from all speakers to encourage us and challenge us to Rise Up. To Rise Up to be the women God would have us be in the world we live in.
God has this time in His hand so what can we do? Please pray that the outcome of this Retreat will be God’s outcome. Pray for the speakers and for the listeners. Pray for God’s Spirit to be over every detail. Pray that the financial support will come for all that are meant to attend (Project Boomerang and Support-a-Sister are practical ways you can help – email firstname.lastname@example.org more information). Encourage women to attend (16 years and older). God is good!
24-26 August 2018