On the 7th of March 2015, 480 women disciples of the London Church hosted the 2015 women’s event at the Hilton Metropole in London. God blessed us with more than 1100 women in attendance, a day before the International Women’s day 2015. The event entitled “New Beginnings” was incredibly faith-building for all the sisters. We saw women of all ages and backgrounds – friends, work colleagues, neighbours, sisters, mothers and daughters – come together for an afternoon of inspiration, joy and faith!
For the Women’s Day committee led by one of the Women’s Ministry Leaders of the London Church, Angela Stuck, it was a day of answered prayers. The evidence was the packed hall, vibrant fellowship and positive responses. It was clear to all that God had blessed and used the day to plant seeds in the hearts of many women with the potential to transform lives through the power of God.
Our hostesses for the day, Caroline Mansell and Yolanda Thompson set the tone for with their humour, warmth and joy. They led us in prayer and prepared our hearts for all that God had in store for us.
We were stirred and our spirits lifted as we listened to Elisa Caleb and her team sing beautifully the song, “New beginnings”.
Two sisters, Kristin Nisr and Peju Orionuta inspired us through the sharing of their stories and testimonies showing how God’s saving grace can transform anyone regardless of past choices, decisions or circumstances. We were captivated by their courage and transformation and reminded by their stories that God can change whatever it is in our lives that might seem difficult to change – what is impossible with man is possible with God!
The Women’s Ministry Leader from the Berlin Church, Lynne Green, was our guest speaker. She reminded us that God was a God of new beginnings and called us to love newness as God did! She used the Word of God and stories from her life and the lives of other women from around the world to call us all to embrace forgiveness, to be committed to forever friendships and to move forward to face the future.
The event ended with a powerful rendition of the song “Wonder” by the New Beginnings gospel choir led by Louise Miller. It was a joy to join most of the women in the hall on their feet while singing the chorus along with the choir and moving to the beat of the song in our own unique ways!
Through the power of God and faith-inspiring leadership, the women in the London church continue to grow in faith, love and devotion to God and his mission. God amazes us from year to year as we see Him bless and encourage us through these women’s events! We thank God for the new beginnings He gave each of us when we made Jesus Lord at baptism, for the new beginnings we can experience day by day and the opportunity to extend new beginnings to our friends and families!
Written by Bola Sowoolu – Women’s Ministry Leader (South East Region)