National Women’s Conference: January 4-7
The National Women’s Conference in Kolkata was an exceptional opportunity for us to meet with a wide range of women leaders, learn about their respective ministries, and share the work of Women in the Window International. The women who attended are passionate to fight for the hurting, unwanted, poor, and destitute. It became very clear by the end of the conference that these women have a vision to be a force for strengthening families and transforming culture so that in their communities and the nation, the status of women is elevated. It was also encouraging to have a few couples attend, and one of their desires is to have a conference for both women and men.
Additionally, we brought 100 WiW pamphlets to the conference and all were eagerly taken. Our experience at the conference helped to confirm the need for WiW’s ministry as some of the indigenous women leaders were not aware of the plight of their own women for reasons beyond their control. Clearly, partnership is God’s idea and part of the Great Commission, too. We willingly embrace our place in His service as partners alongside these excellent Indian women leaders!
“Image of Hope” Retreat: January 9-11
Leaving the dusty city of Kolkata and traveling to the Promised Land Retreat Center was a welcome change. It was wonderful to be reunited with sisters from our partner ministry, Oasis India. The “Image of Hope” Retreat provided an excellent balance of teaching, fun activities, and time for interaction and dialogue. The women were thankful to finally meet Oasis teams from other cities and have opportunities to share and discuss. They were blessed by the time away from the pressures they face and enjoyed opportunities to learn from each other. Our time growing together in Christ impacted us all. God used Peggy in a mighty way to touch each and every person. It was so good to hear testimonies of the long-term benefits experienced as a result of previous “Image of Hope” training and see the fruit of last year’s retreat. It fuels us to continue praying for our sisters and we look forward to what God has in store to serve with them as part of the “Image of Hope” training team.
We praise God that we stayed safe and healthy throughout our journey, and are thankful for your prayer support for us and the strong, vibrant women of India. Please pray with us that we will continue to hear and obey God’s voice as we join His collaborative movement to empower and equip women in the 10/40 Window with His Grace and for His Glory alone!
Michelle, Diane & Peggy
P.S. Click here to see the photo album from our trip to India!