Evening in the Courtyard Press Release

West Palm Beach, FL – January 14, 2014 – Please join Women in the Window International for our inaugural Evening in the Courtyard.  Kim Kerr, Executive Director, extends a personal invitation: “Please come and celebrate with us the dramatic ways in which women, their families, and communities are served through collaborative global efforts to overcome poverty, oppression, and despair with freedom and Grace.” Paulina from Ghana, who has benefited from micro-enterprise training, will be the guest speaker on February 20th at 7 p.m. at the Center for Philanthropy at 700 S. Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach.

Come enjoy an interactive global experience as you take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of every region where Women in the Window International works.  In addition to hearing how Paulina’s life has been transformed, guests will have the opportunity to give directly to the field through a silent auction of one-of-a-kind global items.  In addition, our Women in the Window International Servant Leadership team will bring fresh reports and photos from recent trips to South Sudan, Kenya, India, North Africa, and the Middle East.  Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with a worthy global cause!

Women in the Window International is part of a collaborative movement to see women in developing nations and dire situations, where oppression and injustices prevail, become beautifully equipped and wholly empowered by Grace. Together with their international partners in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, they are equipping and empowering women through spiritual formation, micro-enterprise training, leadership development, healthcare skills, and advocacy training.

To be a part of this event or to learn more about Women in the Window International, please contact Jessica Derosier at JessicaD@womeninthewindow-intl.org or 561-249-5377.  For more information about our organization, please peruse our website or visit us on Facebook.

Praise Report from “Image of Hope” Retreat

photo (2)We are having a wonderful time here in Bangalore at the “Image of Hope” retreat and praise God for all He is doing!  It has been one year since our last “Image of Hope” conference for anti-trafficking workers.  As we mentioned in our last post, their ministry is grueling, and the burnout rate in their line of work is high.  It is absolutely essential that they have times to get away and refresh themselves in the Lord.  The women have expressed how that first conference impacted them throughout the whole year.  Many took the concepts they learned and shared them in different contexts.  They have been looking forward with anticipation to our time together this year.

Our time together has truly been rewarding — and fun, as you can see from the photo!  Today Diane opened with a heartwarming devotion and Peggy delivered a powerful message on Moses.  The women were inspired and renewed.  Some of the women have really opened up and shared from their hearts with us.  We plan to end the night with dancing to the Lord and having some fun, and we will celebrate tomorrow with interpreting verses through dance, skits, and songs.  As the retreat concludes, please pray that the women will experience renewal and an even deeper relationship with the Lord.

We love you and are thankful for your prayers!

Love,
Michelle, Diane, and Peggy

Prayer Requests

  • As the retreat concludes, please pray that the women will experience renewal and an even deeper relationship with the Lord.  Pray that He will truly transform hearts and lives!
  • As these women return to the frontlines of rescuing and restoring  individuals from sex trafficking, pray that God will give them endurance to continue on in this life-saving work.
  • Please pray for safe travels and good health for our team.  We will depart India on January 13th.

Greetings from “the City of Joy”

teamGreetings from Kolkata, India!  We find it amazing that the first place a team from Women in the Window International traveled to is Kolkata, otherwise known as “the City of Joy.”

We just finished our service with EFI’s National Women’s Conference with 250 women leaders in attendance. The conference was excellent with great speakers who tackled challenging issues like persecution, human trafficking, gender crimes, and domestic violence with honesty and openness.

We had opportunities to learn from and network with many remarkable women who are doing ministry throughout India. We were very encouraged to hear these women talk about the different ministries God has given to them.  It was both encouraging and insightful to hear their stories. We will all prayerfully consider opportunities to work together in the future.

There were women there from when we were in Hyderabad in 2012 and we also saw a few women from Orissa last year. It was very exciting to hear they are still using the Community Health Evangelism (CHE) principles they learned from previous trainings.   Everyone left the conference blessed, encouraged, and motivated to bring change to their nation through Christ.

Tomorrow, we will visit other vital ministries for women located here in Kolkata before heading to Bangalore to begin the “Image of Hope” retreat.  We are truly blessed, and God has kept us healthy, happy, and well.  Thank you for all of your prayers!

Love,
Michelle, Diane, and Peggy

Prayer Requests

  • Praise God for the encouragement He provided through the conference!  Pray that the Christians in India will be strong in speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.  Indian customs are very hard to break, even for Christians.
  • Pray that God will strengthen the women who will attend the “Image of Hope” retreat.  They rescue and restore girls and women from the sex trafficking industry, a grueling ministry that requires constant refreshment and endurance from the Lord.
  • Pray that God will continue to prompt us to live radical lives for Him and His Kingdom.

Bubbling Over with JOY!

imagesG1P2YU50I love the way David prays.  He is full on, out loud, and straight up in every conversation with our LORD God. Never mind that he is talking with the Creator of the Universe.  You don’t find David holding back or backing up.  He is honest and engaged, and receives the same response from our loving God!  David’s version of JOY is unfettered worship as he sheds the façade of religiosity and embodies authentic praise.

And clearly we see that God loves that type of a relationship and receives His worthy portion of praise! God loves deep conversation and loving humble worship from an honest and open heart.  David’s prayer life bubbles over with praise and leads others to do the same:

“They shall pour forth (original language = bubble over!) the fame of Your great and abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of Your rightness and justice.” — Psalm 145:7, The Amplified Bible

I sense the Lord calling me to seek the Joy of His salvation in 2014. Joy not tied to my circumstances, but rather Joy that is tied to my God!  And like David, I long to be authentic in praise, open and honest with fear, and humble with an honest heart – all of which becomes a beautiful sacrifice of love, and yes, unfettered, bubbling over Joy to my God, the Lord God omnipotent who reigns and is coming again!

How about you?  What do you sense God calling you to in 2014? For the women we serve in the 10/40 Window of the world, Joy often seems elusive.  Their circumstances are clearly not ones that would indicate happy times and easy lifestyles.  But most often I find that their Joy far surpasses mine.  Why? Because their Joy is tied to their God and not to their circumstances.  They have continually found God faithful in places of great sorrow, difficulty, and perplexity.  And their God, the Lord Jesus Christ, is always, always, always faithful!  So let’s join in their Joy song together in 2014:

“I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp, an instrument of ten strings, will I offer praises to You.” — Psalm 144:9, The Amplified Bible

We invite you to visit our Facebook page to learn more!  Most of all, we invite you to pray with us for the women of the 10/40 Window and to join us in serving Him and them with JOY!

Joyfully yours,
Kim

Please pray with us for the following deep needs of the women we serve and partner with:

  • North African and Middle Eastern women will gather for a Health training vision seminar later this month so that they can be refreshed and retooled for even greater service in their context. Pray that they will receive their visas which are often denied by their Islamic governments!
  • Women who work with and rescue the trafficked women and girls of India are lining up for the training written by our women’s leader, Dr. Peggy Banks.  Pray for our team, Michelle, Diane, and Peggy, as they travel across India to bring the “Image of Hope” training to these willing workers.  Pray for times of refreshment to come from the Lord (Romans 15:32)!
  • Women in the Window International staff, Servant Leaders, and Board of Directors will have keen insight and abundant wisdom as we develop a strategy of networking with like-minded ministry partners.  Our focus is on training women with reproducible and sustainable methods so that women are equipped and empowered to multiply the Good News!

Safe Arrival in India

indiadianeresizedPraise God that Michelle and Diane arrived safely in Kolkata, India!  Due to a flight delay, Peggy is still en route and due to arrive in India on the 4th.  Please pray that the remainder of Peggy’s trip will go smoothly and that our team will joyfully reconnect in Kolkata.

Michelle and Diane have visited the William Carey Baptist Church, Mother Teresa’s House, and other notable sites in Kolkata.  Tomorrow, our team will begin their work at the Evangelical Fellowship of India’s National Women’s Conference for 250 women leaders.

The conference theme is “Godly Woman: An Agent of Transformation.”  Peggy will present an overview of the “Image of Hope” seminar she wrote, and Michelle and Diane will present an overview of Women in the Window International.  The conference participants will also complete an advocacy survey, written by our team, to guide and enhance our future advocacy efforts in India.  The conference will end on January 7th.  Our team will then travel to Bangalore to lead an “Image of Hope” retreat for anti-trafficking workers serving with Oasis India.

We praise God for this opportunity to serve alongside EFI at the National Women’s Conference!  Please continue in prayer for Michelle, Diane, and Peggy — and that each of the 250 women who attend the conference will be strengthened, encouraged, and empowered in their journeys of faith!

In His Love,
Kim

Advocacy Team Departing for India Tomorrow

websitehomepagecroppedFirst of all, I hope that you and your family had a very merry and Christ-filled Christmas!  Your prayer support is a blessing to me, our team here at WIW, and especially the women leaders we serve in the 10/40 Window!

Tomorrow our advocacy team including Michelle McCormick, Diane Serrano, and Dr. Peggy Banks will depart for India.  Women in the Window International will partner with the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI Women) to launch their efforts in equipping and empowering women leaders to build the Kingdom of God and to co-sponsor their upcoming National Women’s Conference.

The conference theme is “Godly Woman: An Agent of Transformation” based on Psalm 68:11, which says, “The Lord gave the command and many women carried the news.” We are expecting about 250 prominent and potential women leaders from various church denominations and ministry organizations representing different regions of India. This conference experience will surely bless each woman leader personally and enhance their vision to make their ministries even more fruitful. We are honored to co-sponsor this event!

Peggy will present an overview of the “Image of Hope” seminar she originally wrote for her doctoral dissertation, and Michelle and Diane will present Women in the Window International. An advocacy survey written by our team will also be available for participants. Our hope is to gain valuable insight from survey results to guide and enhance our future advocacy efforts.

Additionally, our team will travel to Bangalore to lead an “Image of Hope” seminar for women leaders serving with Oasis India.  Peggy will facilitate this seminar sponsored by her home church, Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, and Michelle and Diane will assist. The “Image of Hope” seminar will include spiritual disciplines and team-building for these women who tirelessly advocate for women and girls rescued from the streets and brothels. Our goal is to strengthen and equip these women leaders with renewed hope as they press on with their anti-trafficking programs.

Thank you for your prayer support for our India team!  We will keep you fully informed of their progress here and will also post updates and photos on our Facebook page.  Blessings to you and yours in the New Year!

In Christ’s service,
Kim

Parting Reflections & Prayer Requests

  • As Michelle, Diane, and Peggy prepare to depart, they are thinking about the women who will attend the conferences, especially the known hardships they face.
  • Please pray for smooth travel for the attendees, that their hearts will be awakened to the beauty and power of the Gospel, and that their faith will be strengthened through their participation.
  • Please pray that our team will depart with joy and excitement for what God will do in their midst in the coming days, and that they will arrive safely in India.
  • Finally, please pray that God will give their loved ones an assurance that He will bless their efforts in India, and a peace that He will bring them safely home again on January 14th.

Advocacy Team Departing for India New Year’s Day

indian womenWomen in the Window International has been invited to partner with the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI Women) to launch their efforts in equipping and empowering women leaders to build the Kingdom of God and to co-sponsor their upcoming National Women’s Conference.

The conference theme is “Godly Woman: An Agent of Transformation” based on Psalm 68:11, which says, “The Lord gave the command and many women carried the news.” We are expecting about 250 prominent and potential women leaders from various church denominations and ministry organizations representing different regions of India. This conference experience will surely bless each woman leader personally and enhance their vision to make their ministries even more fruitful. We are honored to co-sponsor this event!

Dr. Peggy Banks will present an overview of the “Image of Hope” seminar she originally wrote for her doctoral dissertation, and Michelle McCormick and Diane Serrano, Servant Leaders with WIW, will present Women in the Window International. An advocacy survey written by our team will be available for participants. Our hope is to gain valuable insight from survey results to guide our future advocacy efforts.

Additionally, our team will travel to Bangalore to lead an “Image of Hope” seminar for women leaders serving with Oasis India.  Peggy will facilitate this seminar sponsored by her home church, Northwest Bible Church in Dallas, and Michelle and Diane will assist. The “Image of Hope” seminar will include spiritual disciplines and team-building for these women who tirelessly advocate for women and girls rescued from the streets and brothels. Our goal is to strengthen and equip these women leaders with renewed hope as they press on with their anti-trafficking programs.

Thank you for your prayer support for our India team as they depart on New Year’s Day and return to the US on January 14th!

Yours because I’m His,
Kim

Greetings from Nairobi

Greetings from Nairobi!  We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

To summarize our trip so far:

young girl from sudanThe 4-day conference in Juba, South Sudan was wonderful, busy, intense, non-stop — and a tremendous blessing.  We had a welcome from the local pastors as well as a Christian woman who is the country’s Minister of Gender and Social Development.  Teaching included an introduction to Women in the Window Bible study, women’s health, and information regarding HIV/AIDS.  Separate trainings were held for micro-enterprise and both basic and advanced computer skills.

The days following were filled with visits to local churches.  We were warmly welcomed by the various church groups of Women of the Good News, and we heard from some of the conference attendees what they had learned.  They are anxious to teach other women this information.

Monday we traveled to Nairobi.  We were struck by the change in temperature — from 100 degrees to about 70.  We’re cold!  Today, Lord willing, we will be joined by Beatrice Gachube to visit a local orphanage and see some of Nairobi.  Tomorrow we will be attending a meeting of the Sheepfold Ministries as they celebrate their 25th anniversary.  I (Cherie) will be teaching an introduction to the Women in the Window Bible study.  Thursday we make preparations for the return trip, and will arrive in Miami on Friday afternoon.

Our two new-to-Africa team members, Audrey and Bryce, have been great, and our South Sudanese brothers and sisters have already invited them back for another conference!  We all feel that we have learned and received far more than we have given, and we thank the Lord for this opportunity. We appreciate your prayers for us during these final days, and especially as we travel home.

With much love for all of us,
Cherie & Larry Parker

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