Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
God says Go – My name is Ashley Woodard, and I had the awesome privilege of going with my daughter to serve at the Malnutrition Center in Guatemala this past April! What I love is how God knew I would be going on this trip with Morgan well before I ever knew, and the way He went about getting us to this point was incredible. You see, I would never have know about One More Child or Guatemala if it were not for me being involved in Women of Compassion (WOC). I would not have known about WOC, if we had not reconnected with Julie Boyd a few years ago…see how this was all part of God’s plan? It’s so amazing to look back and see God’s hand at work. Because of our willingness to go and serve on this trip, God also allowed us to meet some amazing people and build friendships that I believe will last a lifetime.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
God says Serve – We spent four days working with precious children who will forever remain in our hearts. Not only did we get to shower them with love and affection, but we got dirty (literally!). We fed them, changed their diapers, took them potty, played with them, sang songs, did crafts, puppet shows, and bible stories. Another tangible way we were able to serve was to provide enough food baskets to feed 50 families for three months! It was wonderful to see the gratitude on the parent’s faces when they came to visit their children…what a moment! I must admit, for me, it was easy to serve here because it was so obvious what the needs were. There were a lot more children than help so right away it was just jumping in to do whatever you could to help out. The challenge for me was, and still is, finding ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus right in my own circumstances. It might not be as “obvious”, but if we take a moment to pray, look around and be aware, then we will realize how many needs are surrounding us. Another way we served during our mission trip was ministering to each other. When some were sick, they were cared for…when tears were shed, hugs were given…when encouragement was needed, a kind word or prayer was given. What beautiful examples all week of how the Body of Christ works as a whole!
John 13:34 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
Thank you for letting me share just a peek of what our trip was like…I think I could write a book of all the stories and ways God worked in and through us this week! My prayer is that you would ask God how you could go, serve and love! It might be that you need to go out of the country on a mission trip or that you can be used right where you are…but you need to be willing, open and ready to hear from God…because He’s ready to use you!
On Mission For Christ,
Women of Compassion Forum 2013
Ladies, its time for tea! You are cordially invited to “Cups of Kindness,” on Friday, February 15, 2013 for our annual WOC forum. With a Victorian tea-party theme, this dainty day of delightful treats will also serve up a nationally known speaker, Lisa Harper. Harper has spoken at national women’s ministry events such as Women of Faith and Focus on the Family conferences. She is described as a witty storyteller and easy-to-relate-to Bible teacher. Speaker Priscilla Evans Shirer describes her this way: “If anyone can help us to hear, understand and receive the truth of scripture it is Lisa Harper. Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks ears perk up.”