As one of the ladies in the group with Heidi I 100% agree with her….I have grown with that group of ladies and look forward to the journey with the next group of ladies.
So… the first four weeks of conference calls. It was awkward and a little hard to share personal things with complete strangers. At that point, I was committed to finish the book and then just be done with this whole online discipleship thing.
But around week 5… something started to change. As we started to get to know each other and became more honest about things God was saying to us, we were amazed to find out He was saying similar things to each of us! Over the next month or so, we committed to more prayer for each other, and God truly knit our hearts together. I could tell something had happened when I was facing a major life decision in December and my first response was to email this group and ask for prayers of wisdom, because I knew they would do it!
By the end of our first book, we had a core of 5-6 women, and we decided to continue on with another book to study. I also then felt God prompting me to share this with others, so I invited some friends and launched another women’s listening prayer group with 8 new women. That group has communicated solely over email, but has been an encouragement and challenge to me as well.
Now… the good news is that God is multiplying this movement! Of the first two groups, two women have launched new groups with their friends, and three more are ready to start new listening prayer groups for women who are looking for discipleship.
The leaders of the new groups are excited to lead women in seeking the Kingdom first! Each new group will determine if they will primarily use email, conference calls or a mixture of both for their communication.
Six months after I signed up for that first group, I now have two groups of Christian sisters around the country. I often forget that I have never even met many of these women face to face because they are some of my strongest supporters in life! Together we are encouraging each other to seek Christ and His Kingdom first, and growing together in what that really means. Although the official group study has ended, the relationships are just beginning, and I can’t wait to see where God leads us next as we make plans to meet and share in ministry together in person!
Great invitation, Heidi! You are a great conduit for multiplication…your honesty, humor and realness. Is there still a weekend planned together the end of March?
kathy I will email and update you on that…there are some changes. 🙂
Isn’t “one anothering” great? It is so good to hear what is happening in your lives. YES LORD! You go girls!
We still have room in the new groups forming. If you are interested, please select the discipleship button at the top of the page. God has shown up for each of these groups and has healed and changed ladies lives.
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