Praise and Thanksgiving

Women in the Window International comes to both God, and you, our faithful prayer partners, to offer thanksgiving. Our hearts overflow with praise to God for His abundant answers to prayer as our teams return from the Middle East and Asia; as the women they trained continue to offer praise to His worthy Name!

                  “Know that the LORD, he is God! It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His Name!” Psalm 100:3-4

 
Here are just a few of many highlights from recent trainings in the 10/40 Window:

  • Middle East health training — imparted invaluable truths to empower women to share Christ more effectively with Muslim women
  • Middle East leadership development training— inspired women leaders to grow to a deeper level of understanding their call and potential
  • South Asia health training — women heartily embraced not only for the professional expertise of the lessons but even MORE that every lesson includes Scripture! So much so that they have already reproduced the training even before our team arrived back home. . .with more to come!
  • South Asia advocacy training — our ministry partners loved hearing how much God loves them directly from His Word. They understood that He will be their Advocate and Good Shepherd, and that they can be advocates for others in their own communities and nations

The women we partner with are strategically placed in our world today to bring the Good News to those who have yet to hear the Gospel – to set captives free and to display the beauty of the LORD. In all of these trainings, God heard and surprised us with His mathematics, multiplying our efforts into the lives of women who will teach others, who will teach still others (2 Timothy 2:2) and doing immeasurably more than all we can ask, think or imagine, in this generation and those to come.

Will you continue to pray with us? We have two very important trainings coming soon! Here are our prayer requests for trainings and for our faithful training teams as they re-enter from their faithful and diligent service in the 10/40 window:

  • Middle East/North Africa Advanced Leadership Development with 40+ women leaders. Plus several key men leaders have been selected have strategic influence in the MENA region to advocate for the role of women in spreading the Good News and building the Kingdom of God together. Please pray forlogistics to be smooth, training facilities to be more than adequate and most of all for God’s Holy Spirit to anoint every moment of our time together so that women are refreshed and ignited in His service.
  • West African health training — our West African women’s leader is leading a health training to a new West African nation to train more leaders in this combative nation with both wholistic health and inductive Bible study tools.
  • Year-end giving opportunities — we dedicate every dollar you entrust to WiW to fulfilling God’s call on this ministry — to equip and empower women to replace poverty and injustice with dignity and purpose in Christ! Will you pray and then obey to help us meet the growing needs and requests of our ministry partners  increasing our impact in 2018?

Thank you! We are incredibly grateful to God for you!

Heading Home

We are grateful to say that our two WiW teams, by the grace of God, have completed 5 trainings! One team is home and the other is on the way.  The following updates attest to God’s faithfulness to hear and answer your prayers! Stay tuned for more complete reports nextweek:

Middle East Team

Sarah, Rebecca, Morgan, and Jenna

The MENA team is back! They arrived Tuesday afternoon in one piece (luggage and all!) and with full, full hearts giving praise to our Great God and the wonderful works He does!

Their time in the Middle East was nothing short of amazing. In the second nation they spent their 4 day training with the women working on forming a mission/vision statement along with some strategic goals and plans of how they’re going to accomplish those goals. They were all in tears as each woman got up and shared the personal vision God has given her to transform her community for the Kingdom (see photo on the right above).

 

Asia Team

Diane, Butch, Wendi, Michelle

Our WiW team in Asia has completed their final training and are on their way back home right now. They had an extraordinary time training women in rural Asia with the word of God regarding Advocacy, speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves (photo on the left above). Butch had an opportunity to work with the pastors who actually wanted to stay for the WiW study on advocacy.

Please pray:

    • For rest and recovery for the teams as they re-enter into their schedules
    • For the Asia team as they are half way through the return and still have many flights. Pray that they would get the sleep they need and against any interruptions to their travel.
    • For the women to implement the goals and visions that were made and for the trainings to continue to multiply

And He is always faithful too

When our Women in the Window International teams arrive on the field, we are always greeted with joy by our faithful friends, sisters and brothers in Christ, who have come to meet us at the airport and transport us to our place of service. What delight we experience when we see their smiling faces once we clear customs and immigration. Our times together are sweet and way too short. Yet as we continue to build our relationships with them year after year, our love for one another deepens and our ability to serve the women in their nations, communities, churches, ministries, and families becomes far more effective.

But there is something even more significant, and frankly, more wonderful that always happens too! The Word of God promises that He will go before and come behind us with knowledge and triumph of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Here’s what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 2:14, “But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere.”

As much as we love the greetings of our dear friends and ministry partners, the knowledge that He always leads us in triumph AND allows the fragrance of His knowledge to linger long after we’re gone is the greatest triumph of all. It is with this knowledge that we continue to go so that this ministry will continue to grow.

In this month of Thanksgiving, may I encourage you to look for the ways that God has been at work in and through your life as well, spreading the fragrance of His knowledge. Then, offer Him a heart full of Thanksgiving, and meanwhile, KNOW that we at Women in the Window International, are always thankful for YOU!

P.S.  Read below for updates and prayer requests from our trainings in the Middle East and Asia. We count on your prayers and are grateful for your support!

 

From Sarah, Morgan, Rebecca, and Jenna in the Middle East:

The team is safe and settled in the second country in the Middle East. They completed the first day of Leadership training today with 35 women from four different nations.

Please pray for:

  • Clear minds and hearts to hear and receive what God has for them
  • That the women will find communion and rest in God through these few days
  • Clear and articulate lessons and demonstrations from the team.

 

From Diane, Wendi, Michelle, and Butch in Asia:

They have arrived in the second country for two Advocacy trainings. They are in the middle of their first training in this country and have found the women are reserved and tender hearted. They incorporated a “spiritual spa” into the first day of training and did a stone laying exercise – laying burdens at the cross. The women were very moved.

Please pray for:

  • Stamina and energy as the days are full
  • The Advocacy training to be received well as the first training to used the new curriculum

Hit the ground running!

Our WiW teams are on the ground in the Middle East and Asia and hit the ground running! Here are some updates from our Servant Leaders Sarah and Diane, below. I have also heard from both of our ministry partners with glowing comments AND gratitude PLUS how grateful the women leaders are who are being trained.

From Sarah in the Middle East:

Today the ladies finished the training. Fantastic training! Women were lively and talkative and eager to grow in their already-solid views of how God created us as women! They talked and shared open (with a lot of laughter and questions) when we got to the health curriculum —especially reproduction and fertility. We stopped in the middle of training to pray for women who have suffered from genital mutilation, and celebrated a great God who made us so uniquely and creatively to bear His image. The team is fantastic and everyone is doing great!

 

From Diane and Michelle in Asia:

We are humbled by the sacrifices women made to attend and the value placed on both the methods used and information covered. The health topics prompted many questions and the women openly shared personal health concerns. We were graced to have a local nurse in attendance who assisted us. By the end of our time together, she was already planning to train others to use these lessons in rural areas where they are desperately needed. She told us, “Not only can we teach the health information, but also the Word of God.”

Please continue to pray for renewed strength and the ability to be fully engaged as these teams move forward and begin another training.

They Will Have Courage Because They Have Hope

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation! As we remember the historic and courageous occasion of Martin Luther’s proclamation of Truth, nailing the 99 Thesis to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel, let’s also remember his wife, Katharina von Bora Luther, a champion of the Reformation in her own right! She risked punishment and death as she abandoned the only existence she had ever known as a nun to become the wife, confidante, and valiant co-laborer of the Gospel message alongside her husband, Martin Luther.

Women like Katharina have set the pace for women throughout history and across the globe, as they display strength and act as a result of their intimate love and knowledge of God. They embody the timeless truth of Job 11:12 NLT, “they will have courage because they have hope.”

Women in the Window International has the joy of serving alongside dozens of women leaders from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and right here in America, who have this same hope found only in Christ. Our trainings this month alone extend to some of the most remote and challenging corners of the globe!  As you support us with your prayers and offerings, we are able to go farther, accomplish more and serve with greater excellence. You give us courage and hope! We simply cannot do this without you!

 


Upcoming Trainings


The Holy Land

The physical nations where Jesus Christ our Savior lived and served are the next stops for our Women in the Window Atlanta-based team as they provide wholistic health training, and level two leadership development for outstanding women leaders whose reach extends throughout the Arab world. Please pray for their effectiveness, safety, and of course sweet unity and joy all the way through! Sarah, Rebecca, Morgan and Jenna are eager to train trainers through our new WiW curriculum in both health and head capacities. We are so grateful for their loving service.

South Asia

Our Women in the Window International team departs for Nepal and India less than 3 weeks from now. Please pray with us for Diane, Michelle, Wendi and Diane’s husband, Butch, as they provide wholistic health training for women leaders in central India! These Indian women leaders are sharp, organized and eager to provide hands-on training for other women in their nation, so that they can become instruments of hope and healing to women caught in despair and oppression. Then, off to Nepal, to pilot our new Women in the Window advocacy curriculum! Our team will equip and empower women with the advocacy tools so that they can speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves!

 


Window of Hope


If you are in South Florida, we hope that you will join us and bring your family and friends for Window of Hope, a gathering that provides a hands-on experience of Women in the Window International’s work. You’ll experience some of the multi-faceted training indigenous women leaders experience that is transforming them, their families and communities for Christ! Experience Window of Hope, a free and family-friendly interactive event on Sunday, October 22 from 3-6pm at the Lake Pavilion in West Palm Beach. Light refreshments will be served.

Warmly in Christ,