In Mark 6: 1-6, Jesus went back to His hometown and found it difficult to minister to those who knew Him. I had a completely different experience this past week when I had the priviledge to minister in my home area. The Western Pennsylvania Salvation Army Women Officers invited Merry Graham of A Passion to Pray and I to speak at their retreat. Kim Bolton was also with us in the evening, sharing her gift of music. What a wonderful experience we had with these women. The Lord presence was definitely with us.
I love the Salvation Army women – they are such a special group of women. We typically only see these women in their official uniform serving in our communities. But it is a true joy to get to know the women beyond the uniform and to find Moms, Wives, Daughters of the King just like us.
The theme of the retreat was Joy for the Journey and the theme verse was ” I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11. This event was surrounded in prayer before, during and after the event – and the Lord answered the prayers that were offered.
One really special time of the retreat was while I was speaking openly about some of the struggles occurring in my life, one of the women came up and prayer over me. It was a special anointing from the Lord at that moment to continue to share of my trust in the Lord even when I am struggling. I have never had that happen before and it was a sweet gift of encouragement.
Here are a few photos from the retreat..
My opening Power Point Slide on Recognize, Record and Remember
Working on A Passion to Pray Prayer Plannerizer
Me, Major Sandra Jackson, Divisional Commander Lynette Reed & Merry Graham
Last year, after Merry and I ministered to the Massachuttes’ Salvation Army Women Officers, I wrote a blog post about 10 interesting facts I learned about The Salvation Army. http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/tuesday-10-4/. It has been one of my top posts and I encourage you to read it (again, if you have already read it) and to support The Salvation Army every time you can.