Where Love Lives Opens with Livestream from Louisville, Kentucky
Stonecroft’s Where Love Lives outreach got off to a great start Feb. 22 when at least 70 small groups of women across the country viewed the opening simulcast streamed from Louisville, Kentucky. At the same time, another 100 women watched the production live at Louisville’s Trinity Chapel.
Participants saw God at work in amazing ways. Here’s just one example:
Diane Rose, a Where Love Lives host in Marietta, Georgia, shared what happened the day before a dinner she planned as a venue for the simulcast viewing. While Diane was buying gift-bag items for guests, a woman behind her in the checkout line asked if she was a teacher. “Yes, at times,” Diane responded and invited the woman to the event. To Diane’s surprise, she showed up!
Women at the live event in Louisville were invited to attend Where Love Lives small groups to be held across the city in the weeks ahead. These and more than 130 other Where Love Lives groups in 38 states will gather for four video-based discussions focused on how to find, build, and sustain meaningful relationships. The Gospel will be presented in the last session.
If Where Love Lives isn’t being offered in your area, please consider hosting this easy-to-do small group outreach later this year or encourage other volunteers to do so. Watch for future communication from Stonecroft and visit stonecroft.org/wherelovelives.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.525-8627.
To watch a recording of the Feb. 22 simulcast, click here. (Advance the video to 6:52 for the start of the program.)
Dr. Naomi Overton to Speak at Christian Leadership Alliance Conference
Stonecroft President and CEO Dr. Naomi Cramer Overton will speak at the Christian Leadership Alliance’s Outcomes Conference April 16 – 18 in Dallas, Texas. The conference provides leadership development, biblically based training, and peer networking opportunities for leaders of Christian nonprofits from across the nation and around the world.
Dr. Overton is among about a dozen frontline Christian leaders selected to serve as “thought leaders” for the three-day event. She will be a featured speaker during a day-long leadership lab at the conference and will lead an idea-generation workshop called What Really Sparks a Movement! Suzy Shepherd, Stonecroft Central Divisional Field Director and creator of the Where Love Lives outreach, will join Dr. Overton for that workshop and will lead another workshop called The Four Principles of Relationships. Pray for Dr. Overton and Suzy as they represent Stonecroft at this significant gathering of Christian leaders.
Stonecroft Hub Count Tops 50
Stonecroft launched its 51st hub in February, exceeding the Ministry’s goal of having 50 hubs in place nationwide by the close of the current program year ending March 31.
Since we last announced new hubs in November 2018, Stonecroft hubs have opened in the following locations: Alexandria, Louisiana; Marietta, Georgia/Dobbins Air Force Base; Austin, Texas; Fort Riley, Kansas (Army Base); Cheyenne, Wyoming; Anchorage, Alaska (two new hubs there); Lubbock, Texas (the second hub there); and Lexington, South Carolina.
“God is doing a beautiful work as more and more women join the ranks of volunteers sharing Jesus through the avenue of Stonecroft,” said Sarah LeBlanc, Stonecroft Director of Field Ministry. “Please join me in praying for the leaders of these new hubs as they lead and inspire women to share the Gospel with women where they are, as they are.”
Large-Print Scripture Reference Guide for Philippians Study Available
Our popular Stonecroft Bible Study on Philippians now has a reference guide available with Scriptures keyed to page numbers in the large-print edition of The Abundant Life Bible (New Living Translation). Click here to download a free PDF of this reference guide. The Philippians study, called Discovering the Joy of Jesus: A Guide to Philippians, is available in soft cover or as an ebook at stonecroft.org/store.
We also have large-print Scripture reference guides available for Stonecroft Bible Studies on Colossians and Ephesians. To download PDFs of these reference guides, visit stonecroft.org/bible-studies and scroll to the section called “Other resources.”
Loving Your Neighbors Free Printables Offer Ends March 31
We’ve been sending free printables as a “thank you” to those purchasing Loving Your Neighbors, a Stonecroft Bible Study and prayer resource by Jan Mathers. The printables are two downloadable PDFs of cute notecards featuring a whimsical illustration of a neighborhood, just like the one on the cover of Loving Your Neighbors. One page includes notecards with color illustrations. The other page offers notecards with black and white line drawings you can color yourself.
The printables are available if you order the study by March 31. Please include your email address when you place your order and they will be delivered to you by email. We’ll also include some suggestions on how you can use these notecards to build relationships with your neighbors.