I had the privilege of speaking at a church on Sunday. The message, entitled “Leading Hands”, was on Matthew 16:24, 25 (NLT):
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it.”
Jesus’ invitation was to follow Him closely, in full allegiance and alignment with Who He is and His mission. He asks us to choose to follow Him, turning from our selfish ways (our usual and comfortable ways). On first reading, it can sound like we are giving up an awful lot – but the truth is, this verse contains the key to life. Following Him — spending our lives, not preserving them — is the key to life.
At this same church service, three of our volunteers testified of the changes that have occurred in their own lives because they said yes to Jesus’ invitation to follow Him into a hurting world! Joanne told of being in awe of how the Spirit of God moves, and of the grace He gives to face the unknown each week. Sandy shared how stepping out in faith has given her a hunger for God’s word and prayer. She can’t wait to go each week to meet with the women and is excited about what the Lord will do next! Deanna spoke of the love the Lord has given her for the women. Before she stepped out, her life was ordinary, and she knew she wanted more – to walk into her calling. She said Jesus is healing and restoring the broken through her just as He is healing and restoring her, too!
Are you tired of the status quo? Do you want more out of your Christian life? If so, then take some time to meditate on the above verses and seek the Lord’s direction in realigning your life with His calling and purpose. If you are ready for a faith adventure, connect with us and we’ll get you started.
Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Quote of the Month
“May you remember that loves flows best when it is given freely, and it is in giving that we receive the greatest gift.”
~ Kate Nowak
We taught a worship dance to this song to the women in prison last month. Click here to watch the music video and be reminded about what God sees as precious versus what the world sees.
BRIDGING INTO SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS: AN INTERACTIVE SEMINAR
Debra Karman, Ministry Advancement with Connecting Streams, and Snowy Noble, Chaplain at the Edmonton Institute for Women, will present on a variety of faith/worldview backgrounds and how to gently and respectfully transition into spiritual conversations. You will not want to miss these events!
Date: Saturday, April 9 and Saturday, May 7
Time: 9am – 11am
Location: Best Environmental Technologies, 9610 – 39th Ave, Edmonton
Please RSVP to Marian at 780-464-2405 or email@example.com.
Come attend this event to celebrate and thank the Lord for the transformation of lives this year.
Date: Sunday, June 5
Location: Sherwood Park Alliance Church
ROY FINANCIAL MAYOR’S WALK FOR CHARITY
We are looking for walkers and sponsors for Connecting Streams for this year’s Roy Financial Mayor’s Walk for Charity. If you are interested in either walking or sponsoring a walker to help raise funds for Connecting Streams, please contact Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One hundred percent of funds raised goes directly to Connecting Streams. The funds will be used to train and equip volunteers to take faith adventures by inviting people who are broken and marginalized to discover a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Date: Saturday, June 18
Time: 9am – 12:00pm
Location: St. Albert
Asking Good Questions
I was recently speaking with a group of volunteers who were saying they would love to get ideas on good discussion starter questions to use when building new relationships. We wanted to open it up to you and ask you to submit questions you have used that we can post. Here are a few we came up with for starters:
- What would you say is your biggest challenge in life? Presently?
- What is one goal you’d like to accomplish during your lifetime?
- If you had to describe yourself using three words – what would they be?
- If you could sit down with the Lord and ask Him one question – what would it be?
- How would you describe God?
If you have a question to share with us, please submit it here.
Faith Adventure: Labouring – A Worthy Inconvenience, by Allan Mitchell
It is exhilarating to hear about someone discovering faith in Jesus Christ. Luke 15:10 tells us that “…there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Likewise, all believers share in this joy. However, in the elation of celebration, do we consider the perseverance and prayer of the few who laboured for months, or perhaps years, to ensure a fruitful harvest?
Recently, while reaching out to someone from the inner city, I discovered that initiating and sustaining relationship for the purpose of evangelism takes peril, prayer, patience, and perseverance. Somewhere in the psyche of my mind, I assumed I could keep this relationship at a safe distance – and not allow the reality of the person’s unfortunate circumstances (poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and health) to affect me. Through purposeful and intentional interaction, I discovered that volunteering to be a labourer in the Lord’s vineyard is easy, but it takes self-denial, blood, sweat, and tears to see the work through to fruition. Read more…
Faith Adventure Opportunities
Click here to find a list opportunities for men and women to take a faith adventure in the Edmonton area. Would you be willing to help begin a Connecting Streams team in your area, or at a venue for which you have a burden and that we have not yet considered? There are also opportunities within our organization in administration, event planning, volunteer coordination, etc. View a list of our current volunteer and staff opportunities. Contact us at 1-866-416-4661 or email us at email@example.com for more information.