A few of us ministry leaders were recently discussing whether those who volunteer with Connecting Streams have any “exceptional” qualities. Was there a common characteristic that could be said about all of them?
Demographically, the women are 20-80 years old. Some are students, some own businesses, and others are retired. Some would describe themselves as extroverts, and others as introverts. Some know their gifts, and some don’t think they have any. Some would describe themselves as generally fearful – or at least definitely not courageous – while others are as bold as lions. Some have much experience in life; others would say they are naïve.
Then two leaders spoke up in agreement, observing that there was one quality that each volunteer across the board possessed. That common ground was an exceptional conviction that God loves people so much, that it’s worth the risk or personal sacrifice to step out in faith together to share His love.
~ Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Quote of the Month:
In response to a question whispered by a woman inmate that resonates from the depth of every human heart, “Do you think God might be fond of me?” — Paul Young, author of the best-selling The Shack, recently gave an answer that echoes the heart longing within each of us to know the soul-satisfying, unfailing truth of the Father’s heart – “He is especially fond of you.”
May 6 – Join us for Rehydrate, a ministry and volunteer dessert evening. The event will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at Heartland Alliance Church, 132-2257 Premier Way, Sherwood Park.
Come – even bring a friend – and allow God to replenish, renew, and rehydrate your spirit with exciting testimonies of transformation, prayer, and praise. Alone we can do so little, but together we can reach friends, families, colleagues, and the community with the transforming message of the Gospel. Step out in faith, embrace Kingdom vision, invest in eternity…and let’s experience God together! R.S.V.P. by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 20 – Join us for The Ripple Effect, a fundraising dessert evening. The event will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Park Pentecostal Church, 1 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park. Come with a friend and allow God to challenge your faith and increase your vision. R.S.V.P. by email to email@example.com.
If you have a passion to see women transformed by the love of God, and to empower women to reach their world, we have many opportunities for you – from coaching, to resources, to volunteer opportunities. Visit our website to find out how you can be a part of the Connecting Streams team!!
God’s Goal for You, by Cath Thorlakson
Read Galatians 3:1 – 7
“Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now reaching perfection (by dependence) on the flesh?”
Do you know that it is possible for a marksman to get a target confused, so that his aim goes off?
A boy grew up shooting arrows at targets. He loved the time alone and the feel of growing skill. He worked at it until he led the world in skill and ability with arrow-shooting. Read more….
Faith Adventure Story – Ripples, by Deb Karman
In my lifetime, I’ve learned that God is all about the ripple effect. I’ve been blessed to see just how often He will orchestrate events in such a way that the one stepping out in obedience is able to see so many other lives impacted by his or her obedience. The outcome of a particular situation is never just for one person alone.
For two years now, Connecting Streams volunteers have been going into local prisons to build relationships, share the love of Jesus, and help women find the future and hope that Jeremiah 29:11 talks about. What they have received in return is far beyond what they could ever have imagined. Read more….