‘Where Love Lives’ Outreach to Launch in February
Registration for Stonecroft’s new national outreach, Where Love Lives, begins today! Consider opening your home to this small-group, video-based outreach scheduled to launch in February 2019. It starts with a livestream into homes across the United States on Feb. 22 followed by four video discussion sessions covering the principles of love and how they affect our relationships with each other, ourselves, and God. In these welcoming small groups led by a trained facilitator, the Gospel is presented with an invitation to accept the love like no other, the love of God through Jesus Christ.
Join other Stonecroft volunteers across the nation for this opportunity to start and grow friendships with your neighbors, learn principles to improve relationships, and introduce women to a relationship with God through Jesus. Register to receive your small group kit and learn more at stonecroft.org/wherelovelives.
Stonecroft Welcomes New Women’s Connection and Hubs
Our Women’s Connection staff at the Home Office officially welcomed the St. Augustine women in a social-media video posted Oct. 26. Click here to view the video.
For the new hubs, Sarah LeBlanc, Stonecroft’s Director of Field Ministry, shared this welcome message:
“I am so thrilled to welcome to the Stonecroft family our newest hubs in Soldotna and Big Lake, Alaska; Lubbock, Texas; and Iowa City!” she said.
The Alaska and Iowa hubs are the first of more to come in those states, and the Lubbock hub joins seven other hubs already in place in Texas – with more Texas hubs expected to launch in the future. Stonecroft now counts more than 40 hubs across the United States, according to Sarah.
“Join me in praying for our new Hub Leaders as they begin the journey of reaching women with the Gospel through Stonecroft,” she said.
Pray, too, for the St. Augustine Women’s Connection. Their first meeting is Nov. 13.
“It is incredible to see God moving and raising up (Stonecroft) leaders from every corner of our nation,” Sarah added.
Military Volunteers Visit Home Office
Stonecroft’s National Military Team visited the Home Office in Overland Park, Kansas, Oct. 22-24 to share about their ministry and receive training and encouragement from staff members. These volunteers, known as National Military Consultants, are Teasia Levin, Debbie Harrell, Tammy Ortung, and Barbara Vernoski. During their visit, they described the unique challenges faced by military families and servicewomen and told stories of how God is using their team to share the hope of Jesus with women on U.S. military bases and posts across the nation.
They also met with Stonecroft CEO and President Dr. Naomi Cramer Overton and participated in the staff’s monthly Morning of Prayer. During that extended prayer time, staff members prayed over the team’s work and then broke into small groups to pray with each volunteer. The team saw God answer some of those prayers just a day later while they were waiting to board their flights home: They got word that Stonecroft Military has been granted clearance to work with the wives of chaplains in the Navy, Army, Marines, and Coast Guard during their training and to lead an outreach every five weeks with 100 women in basic training for the Army.
Story Marks Touches Lives in Four Cities
Women in four cities across the nation shared the stories behind their tattoos during Story Marks outreaches held in October. At each of these gallery-type events, one of the storytellers shared her faith story and invited attendees to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ. Stonecroft volunteers hosted Story Marks events in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Collinsville, Oklahoma; Harrisonville, Missouri; and Long Beach, California. Click here to read a secular newspaper article about the Story Marks in Oklahoma.
Please join in us praying for people who made decisions for Christ during these outreaches and for follow-up small groups being planned.
Two more Story Marks outreaches are scheduled for this month: one in Tyler, Texas, on Nov. 10 and another in Pineville, Louisiana, on Nov. 30. Pray for event planners, women who will share the Gospel during these outreaches, and open hearts among the attendees.
Interested in hosting a Story Marks in your area? Visit stonecroft.org/storymarks.
Join us for Holiday Prays!
Stonecroft invites you to take a simple approach to caring for others this holiday season. Many of us celebrate the holidays with loved ones, but some spend this season alone, thinking of those they’ve lost. Holiday Prays offers a great way to extend the love of Jesus to those who are hurting and other people in your life.
From now through the end of the year, ask your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and others how you can pray for them. Pray for their requests, then follow up after the holiday season to see how God moved in their lives. Visit stonecroft.org/prays to print the Holiday Prays cards we’ve created for you. One card is to use for recording prayer requests, the other to give to the person you’re praying for.
After the holidays, take a few minutes to tell us about your experience online at stonecroft.org/prays. If you do so, your name will be entered in a drawing for an opportunity to win a lovely gift. Watch social media and future newsletters for more information about the giveaway. We can’t wait to hear how God uses you to share His peace and joy with others during the stress of the holidays!