Monday Mornings…

Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Belfast Bible College, Global Church | Tags: , , , |

It’s pretty safe to say that no one likes Monday mornings.  Well, at least I thought this was true until 14 months ago when I started working for an exciting ministry for women on Monday mornings.  About 100 women from all over Northern Ireland ride trains, carpool together and walk to the wee village of Dunmurry in order to be a part of something bigger than themselves, and bigger than their women’s groups at church.  They come to the village of Dunmurry (which is full of take-aways food shops and hair saloons) on Monday mornings to take part in a three-year program – Women’s Study Fellowship. This non-denominational fellowship brings women of all ages and backgrounds together to support and encourage one another in their journey learning to love God and living life for His glory.   Women’s Study Fellowship begins with a 30 minute chapel meeting, followed by three classes, and of course tea break in the middle!  This is no cake walk- each woman writes 2 essays per semester, completes a placement, gives their testimony in chapel, is part of a prayer triplet, visits a mission organization and participates in helping lead their class in devotions.    As the third year rolls around and the graduating class walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, the women all realize the three years has changed them, transformed them and equipped them for God’s service.   It is an absolute joy and thrill to work with the leaders of Women’s Study Fellowship and be a part of something so instrumental in women’s lives.  (Click on the website to find out more about Women’s Study Fellowship) http://www.belfastbiblecollege.com/study/ptcourses/womens-study-fellowship.php

A picture I took of the WSF graduating class of 2010

Women at Work!

A well deserved tea break

Today in chapel the third year class led us in a “Prayer and Praise” time which focused on our global God.  He is not only the God of Northern Ireland or America; He is the God of Sudan, the God of Australia.  During the lesson, one lady read the following poem.  This poem can be applied to your next door neighbor as well as the lady getting water from a well in Zimbabwe.  God calls some people to minister to their neighborhood, and God calls some people to minister to those in other countries.  Wherever God has called you to witness, don’t back down, step up and boldly shine the light.    

Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)

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