I was greatly encouraged and challenged re-reading the story of Gideon beginning in Judges 6. He did not see himself in a positive light – “My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe…and I am the least in my entire family!” But the Lord saw Gideon as a mighty hero, one who would save Israel, because the Lord said “I will be with you.”
Gideon’s response was to bow in worship and step out in obedience. Gideon expressed his fear by asking for a fleece. The Lord did not condemn him for asking, but answered his prayer and confirmed His calling on Gideon.
As Gideon stepped out in faith, the intensity increased. Through a series of screening processes, the Lord reduced Gideon’s army from 32,000 to 300. He had less than 10% left. It was impossible circumstances, but the Lord wanted Gideon and his men to know that it was God and His strength that would save them, and not their own. The Lord wants us to know the same.
The Lord had a plan to use the weakest and the least to deliver Israel. Gideon and his men had to step out in obedience, endure the fight, and work hard. In fact, the Scriptures say they were exhausted – but they followed through. The Lord did as He had promised, too, and proved His faithfulness once again. He brought the victory and the deliverance by His power and strength!
Wherever you are walking or whatever the Lord has called you to do…His strength is made perfect in our weakness. He wants us to depend upon Him, and He is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or think – in us and through us! May Gideon’s story bring you great encouragement today!
Donna Mitchell, Director, Connecting Streams Women’s Ministry
Quote of the Month
“’Mighty hero, the LORD is with you! …Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel…I am sending you’.…The LORD said to him, ‘I will be with you.’ ~ Judges 6:12b, 14, 16a
Video of the Month:
Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to talk to your neighbors and friends about the Gospel? You are not alone. TruthMedia’s (another ministry division of Power to Change) small film crew set out to interview 300 people about faith, fear, and whether or not Canada is ready for the Gospel. Over 14,000 kilometers and 300 interviews later, they had an answer. The story is only 19 minutes long, but it will change the way you see the people around you. Click here to watch the video.
Faith Adventure Opportunities
When we step out and follow the Lord into a hurting world, there is an adventure of faith ahead of us! Is the Lord calling you to take the next step in our spiritual journey and help others discover a relationship with Jesus? Click here to find a list of 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Save the date for two upcoming events with Carrielynn Lund this October. Carrielynn is a warm, genuine, effective communicator. Her amazing story will educate, captivate, and intrigue those seeking purpose and significance – compelling responsive hearts to reach out to others with love and compassion. This past year, Carrielynn spoke at a Connecting Streams’ training event and received and exceptional response. Therefore, it is our privilege to offer this encore training and outreach event presentation.
TRAINING SEMINAR WITH CARRIELYNN LUND
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: Heartland Alliance Church
Address: 2257 Premier Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta
Audience: For men and women
WOMEN’S OUTREACH EVENT DESSERT EVENING WITH CARRIELYNN LUND
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Time: 7 – 9pm
Location: North Alberta Pioneers (Old Timer’s Cabin)
Address: 9430-99 Street N.W. (Scona Road), Edmonton
Here are additional “save the date” events:
LEAD WELL: AN EVENT FOR WOMEN
Date: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011
Location: Spruce Grove Alliance Church
Address: 250 Century Road, Spruce Grove, Alberta
Join us for this interdenominational, regional event for women who are serving in ministry leadership: church staff/volunteers, coordinators of church ministry, directors of non-profit organizations, or leaders of ministry teams. Learn interpersonal communication tools, discover & encourage spiritual gifts, and develop effective, thriving teams.
LAUGH FOR LIFE GALA
Date: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011
Location: Winspread Centre
Address: #4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq., Edmonton, Alberta
Comedian Michael Jr. – a Christ-passionate guy whose style is a whacky blend of Bugs Bunny and Bill Cozby – will be joined by the musical comedy trio The PreTenors and dazzling performance painter Lewis Lavoie. There will also be a silent and a live auction to raise $50,000 for The Mustard Seed and Candeo Housing Association. Find out more at www.LaughforLife.ca.
For additional information, please call (780)416-4661 or email us at email@example.com.
Change a Life, Become a Mentor
Join Power to Change every week day for Daily Devotional Chat in women’s chatroom at 10:30am Eastern. Your neighbors want to hear about God, and we have the emails to prove it. Each month thousands of people send in their questions. We use The Mentor Center (TMC) to match each one with a trained volunteer mentor. Click here to read more. Become a mentor and see for yourself how easy it is to minister right where you are. Watch the video How to Become a Mentor.