Fanning the flame in India

We are quite happy to report that Judy Davis made it safely to India! Other than a few minor hiccups her travel was smooth, and she is already off to a great start as she leads a health training with our WiW ministry partner leader.

They have completed the first day of health training. Judy shares her enthusiastic report and a few prayer requests too: “The Indian ladies participating in this WiW training are on fire and are ready to take what they learn to their villages! The lessons we are teaching are already being translated into their language, the Holy Spirit is fanning the flame! The Lord is working in amazing ways.”

 

Prayer requests:
  • Continued grace
  • Stamina
  • Clarity of all lessons in their context and language
  • Opportunity for practicum follow-up with trainees and local resources
  • Continued good health
  • Computer connection (we are very remote and have to use cell phone hotspots)
  • Solid rest
Judy and all of us at Women in the Window are so grateful for your prayers! Remember, “the earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” James 5:16 NLT

Turn back the battle – with Love!

February brings Valentine’s Day and reminds us of the best gift of all—love. In fact, the Bible teaches us that there are three things that will endure to the end—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

But for many women across the globe, especially Christian women, love does not abound or endure. Instead, persecution and oppression are their normal state of affairs and increasingly on the rise. Women have notably become even more vulnerable to persecution of all kinds. The 2018 World Watch List just released by Open Doors, states, “One-in-12 Christians in the world today experience high to extreme persecution for their faith…many of the most vulnerable are women.”

All of these cold, hard facts are deeply troubling, but we ask how we can possibly help. A story of just one of these women helps us understand their terrifying battle and the way the love of Christcan help.

Maria was denied food and education as a small child, driving home a clear message: you are a liability, a problem, not an asset like your brother. Then, Maria was married off as a young woman, barely a woman, yet of “age” according to her culture. Her husband had other wives, too, and she, along with them, was routinely beaten as a matter of course. One day the pastor and his wife found her sitting on their doorstep. She said nothing, but she cried—a lot. She stayed on the doorstep for days, refusing to move, or return home. As they learned of her husband’s daily abuses, they arranged for a new home, a new life, a safe place where Maria found the love of Christ as He became her strength, her crown of glory, even her beauty.

“In that day the LORD of hosts will be a crown of glory, and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people, and a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.” Isaiah 28:5-6

This month as we celebrate Valentine’s Day, will you take some time to pray for the women we serve in Africa, Asia, parts of America and the Middle East? We are called to “turn back the battle at the gate” as the people of God. And undoubtedly the most effective way to do that is through passionate prayer.

Praise and prayer requests:

  • Pray for our sisters in Christ we serve around the globe who experience persecution and suffering daily. Pray for the Lord to be their strength – to sustain and encourage them. Pray specifically for our upcoming trips and trainings in Africa where women are treated as less valuable than animals in many tribes and situations.
  • Praise the Lord for an abundant number of requests for trainings this year – specifically in the Middle East/North Africa region. Pray for wisdom as we head to the region to address the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
  • Pray for the Lord’s provision in our Spring Luncheon through finances, volunteers, and great connections. And plan to join us on Tuesday, March 13th at the Beach Club, for Dignity and Design, International Fashion show and silent auction. If you’d like to attend or contribute, here’s how: womeninthewindow-intl.org/luncheon.

You have what it takes!

Dignity: The word for 2018

Dignity. The state or quality of being worthy of honor and respect. Dignity is the 2018 word of the year for Women in the Window International. While we may have a difficult time describing dignity, we know it when we see it. Proverbs 31:25 puts it in context, as a word fitly spoken and elegantly displayed,

“Strength and dignity are her clothing and she smiles (without fear!) at the future.”

Yes, our hearts’ desire is to see women clothed with dignity and strength and we need your help to do so! Without your time, treasure, and most of all your talents, we simply cannot make this happen.

Volunteers are needed in our WiW office, on our events team, and on international and national training teams! Perhaps you don’t think you have “what it takes,” but I want to remind you that God says we all have something of great value to offer. You do have what it takes and your contribution is both absolutely necessary and has eternal value!

Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27

Even if you don’t consider yourself a speaker or teacher, God says that YOU are essential. Yes, He makes it clear that all the parts of His body are needed: “In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. . . God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.” 1 Corinthians 12:22-24

Please pray about joining with Women in the Window International in 2018 to serve as part of our volunteer team. We would love to explore the volunteer opportunities with you! Feel free to visit our website and complete a VIP packet online www.womeninthewindow-intl.org/volunteer.

Or contact us in the WiW office for more information at 561.249.5377. We would love to explore volunteer options with you as we “replace poverty and injustice with dignity and purpose in Christ!”

Joyfully serving Him with you,


P.S. Just in case you need a little more motivation, here are just a few of the reasons why dignity and purpose in Christ matter to women in the 10/40 Window and beyond, as prominent cultural and religious teachings and practices often include these horrific facts and much more too:

  • Women/girls are considered a source of shame
  • Some religions teach that the majority of the inhabitants of hell are women
  • Men/boys receive a double portion of both daily food and the family inheritance
  • Dowry deaths and life-threatening injuries still number in the thousands in India alone
  • Women/girls receive less education and healthcare simply because they are female

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Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” –  2 Corinthians 9:15

Our God gives good gifts! He promises His best gifts for those who wholeheartedly and humbly seek Him. This was the daily reality of more than 40 women leaders from the Arab world during last week’s WiW MENA conference. Each morning began with praise and worship, sometimes dancing, as we gathered to lift high the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, in at least three languages!

Leadership lessons on the following were taught by Dr. Cheryl Parker, Moody Bible Institute professor and Women in the Window servant leader, along with Lara Holt and several outstanding Arab women leaders:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Training trainers
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Time management
  • Discipleship

Arab women leaders developed application case studies to apply these truths. More interactive afternoon sessions included a “spiritual spa” that allowed time and space to pray, interact with other women, and creatively express our blessings and challenges in this season of life. Breakout sessions, panel discussions with men leaders from the Arab world, and the WiW Inductive Bible study on Lydia from Acts 16 filled our hearts and minds with the truths of God’s Word and the essential role of women to advance God’s kingdom and complete the Great Commission.

Meanwhile, on another continent, one of our ministry partners in West Africa led a health training with the tools she gained from our WiW training held in her nation earlier in 2017. She taught the women:

  • Nutrition
  • Hygiene
  • Inductive Bible study of the widow’s oil from 2 Kings 4:1-6

The African women leaders rejoiced in this life-skills health training and marveled as they discovered another of God’s good gifts — the gift of abundance in the face of abject poverty. The widow’s sons were about to be sold into slavery.  As they prayed and obeyed, their needs were met with abundance!

As we complete 2017, our fourth and greatest year of ministry to date here at Women in the Window International, we continue to seek to both pray and obey God’s leading. And we thank God for you: our prayer partners, our supporters, our friends! You are a good gift from God to us! A very good gift!

Please continue to pray for us! We have more requests for WiW trainings from women leaders in the 10/40 Window and beyond than ever before. Pray for wisdom, provision, for the refining of our curriculum, and for more laborers to help us train this increasing number of women across the globe.

And, as you pray, please prayerfully consider a generous year-end gift for Women in the Window International so that we can continue to give the good gift, the greatest gift of all — the inexpressible gift of Christ — to women and through women who are wholeheartedly and humbly seeking Him! May this Christmas draw you and yours closer to Christ than ever before. May you daily discover ways to overflow with the good news of the inexpressible gift of His love!