Stonecroft Welcomes Rwanda as International Partner
We’re excited to welcome the African country of Rwanda as our newest international partner! God paved the way to begin this partnership when Pastor George Kanicks, one of our international partners in another African country, visited Rwanda months ago to share the Gospel and train believers through Stonecroft Bible Studies (SBS). He was hosted by Pastor Isaac Bitwenge, who worked with him in this effort. Isaac, now our new partner in Rwanda, leads a Christian organization that began in 2015 with the purpose of teaching the Gospel. This ministry focused first on girls with unwanted pregnancies but since has expanded to women from all walks of life in Rwanda. These girls have experienced family rejection, the disruption of their education, the shame of giving birth to children whose fathers aren’t known, and extreme poverty. As a result, the girls are discouraged and despise themselves, and many of them abuse drugs and become prostitutes, which puts them at risk for HIV infection. Pray for Isaac and his team as they use SBS to share the hope of Jesus with these girls and other women in Rwanda.
Anne Schneider Named Hub Growth Director
Congratulations to Anne Schneider, Northeast Divisional Field Director (DFD), who recently accepted a new position as Hub Growth Director for Stonecroft! This is an expanded role for Anne, as she continues to serve as a DFD, living in Baltimore, Maryland.
In her new role, Anne uses her gifts in training, coaching, ministry development, administration, and encouragement to serve Stonecroft’s hub leaders. A Stonecroft hub is a community of women who gather for fun, relationship building, training, prayer, and planning creative, relevant ways to reach other women in their circles of influence with the Gospel.
Anne works with both the Outreach and Field departments to support, develop, and train women as they say “yes” to the adventure and calling of a hub leader, says Sarah LeBlanc, Director of Field Ministry. “Anne has served with Stonecroft for 10 years as a DFD, so she has a wealth of tools and experience to serve these leaders,” Sarah adds.
Anne says, “I am excited about all that God is doing with the hubs across the nation, and I’m looking forward to supporting hub leaders in their own ministry development and hub growth.”
Save the Date: Prays Walk Set for Sept. 29
Join us in taking prayer to the streets through Stonecroft’s national Prays Walk on Sept. 29! Preparation is easy: gather some friends who like to pray, choose a time and place, register online, and we’ll provide the rest.
God has done incredible things through women who simply show up on the streets of their neighborhoods to pray. Find out what God wants to do through you during this year’s Prays Walk!
Visit stonecroft.org/prayswalk for more information and to register your Prays Walk. Everyone who registers will receive a gift and resources in the mail to help you get started!
Stonecroft Publishes National Speakers List
You asked for a National Speakers List – and we heard you! Our recently published National Speakers List features Stonecroft Speakers who have navigated a rigorous approval process and are approved to speak across the United States. So far, we have five National Speakers available. There soon will be more. Find out who these Speakers are and their topics at stonecroft.org/speakers. To invite one of them to speak at your event, contact her directly by using the email address on our website. Be sure to check the list periodically to see the most recently added Speakers.
Podcast Begins New Season with a Binge-a-thon
The Stonecroft podcast Ears to Speak launched Season 2 in July with a new series on interfaith conversations. We released all three episodes of that series simultaneously to give you the option of listening to them all at once or individually as your schedule permits. If you missed these, download them today at stonecroft.org/earstospeak. Listen in as co-hosts Jessica Leep Fick and Maddison Berciunas interview a Muslim woman from Saudi Arabia, a woman who converted to Judaism as an adult, and a woman influenced by New Age beliefs. Subscribe to the podcast at stonecroft.org/earstospeak or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/earstospeak.
Recordings of National Conference Calls Available
Missed one of our recent Women’s Connection training calls? If so, it’s not too late to benefit from the great ideas shared during those calls! Here’s a description of our most recent calls and a link to where you can access a recording of each one.
- Fall Fundraiser Conference Call (July 26) – Hear Cheryl Lee Davis, Vice President of Women’s Connection, and some amazing volunteer leaders exchange ideas and share fun ways to make your Fall Fundraiser the best ever! Fall Fundraisers are Stonecroft events that offer excellent opportunities to introduce women to the Gospel, have some fun, and generate special gifts for local Women’s Connection Groups and the overall Stonecroft ministry. This year’s Fall Fundraiser season focuses on Generous Love. To view the Fall Fundraiser packet, go to stonecroft.org/resources/fall-fundraiser. The recording of the conference call is found on that page.
- New Ideas Women’s Connection Call (June 21) – Julie Wilson and Cindy Bartz tell about creative ways they jump-started their WOVEN Tulsa (Oklahoma) Women’s Connection Group. Anita Bacon, Stonecroft Regional Administrator (SRA), shares how God is working through Stonecroft in Alaska. Georgia Basko, SRA in the Northeast, tells how she has been engaging women right in her own neighborhood. Access the call at this link: https://www.stonecroft.org/2018/06/18/new-ideas-womens-connection-call-june-21