Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Together: Women

For years and years when someone asked me how they could pray for The Pathway, my response was the same.  "We need leaders."  Specifically, I meant we needed people willing to step up and take initiative.  People willing to see a need and meet a need.  People willing to get outside their comfort zone and take the lead for the glory of God and the advancement of his kingdom.
Having some fun TOGETHER!

If you asked me the same question today... my answer would probably be the same!  I'm not sure we can ever have enough leaders.  But my perspective would be different because we are seeing those leaders raised up.  And it's exciting!

Becca Hurst came with us to Tacoma over 5 years ago to help plant The Pathway.  So much has happened over the last 5 years that she's not even Becca Hurst anymore, she's Becca Smithwick.  She's got a great husband, a precious baby boy named Ethan and another one on the way.  Becca has always been a leader.  But leaders never stop finding new ways to lead and Becca is living proof of that.

Several months ago Becca came to me and said that after some significant life changes including some major trials, she saw the need for the women of The Pathway to be sharpened together.  To grow in spiritual maturity and unity.  And best of all, she said she felt like she was being called out by God to lead the charge.  And from that the idea for Together:Women was born.  A day of training where the women of all our Intentional Communities come together to fellowship, worship and be trained and encouraged.

Because I'm a man, I wasn't there.  But my wife was and I wanted to share her thoughts on the day.  Glory to God and thank you for your continued prayers.

From Kelli... For the first time ever all the women of The Pathway gathered together and had a day of training & worship led and attended by the women of our church. It was wonderful!  God called Becca Smithwick to do something for the women of our church and she obeyed.  She gathered a team of women to organize this event and together they put on a gathering that was encouraging, refreshing and challenging. 

Becca shared her heart and motivation for putting planning the event. We played games together, ate together, listened to the incredible testimony of one of our own...  a testimony of grace and life change.  We worshiped Jesus together and went to several break out sessions led by women of The Pathway where we were challenged by the Scriptures. Women had the opportunity to learn more about prayer, studying the Bible and learning to love the woman God made us all to be. 

It was amazing to sit in that room of around 30 women, some of whom I haven not yet gotten to know, and all grow and be challenged together in our walks with Christ. It was amazing to see how God has worked in the lives of so many women in our church. There are times in church planting when it feels like we are not growing and we are not impacting this city for Jesus at all.  Legitimate times of discouragement.

But there was no mistaking all that God has done and is doing in the lives of the women of the pathway Saturday at Together:Women.

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