This letter is from the Summer 2016 edition of Stonecroft’s Storied publication.
When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
– Matthew 9:36-38, ESV
I thank God for Stonecroft! This storied ministry of volunteers has continuously shared the Gospel for 78 years. And we continue to do so. More than 2800 women began a relationship with Jesus Christ through our volunteers’ outreach efforts in our last fiscal year. Check out the statistics below to see how God moved! Read the stories in this newsletter to hear how He worked through volunteers like Heather Kibler, Jan Smith and Cindy Bartz to take the Gospel to women where they are, as they are.
But we aren’t finished. Stonecroft’s staff and many volunteers have a growing sense that God is getting ready to move in BIG ways. Right now, an average of 5 women began a relationship with Jesus through each Women’s Connection group last year. What if that number doubled? God can do that! And more than 300 younger, diverse Christian women joined Stonecroft in one of our new outreach ministries during the last few years. What if that number increased at an exponential rate? God can do that too!
When God moves great numbers of believers to share the Gospel and great numbers of nonbelievers to seek Jesus, we call it an Awakening or a Revival. Let’s pray for that. Let’s pray for God to move in ways that are above and beyond our expectations. Let’s do that in our Stonecroft Prays gatherings and in our Prayer Connections.
And that leads me to reveal the “theme” for our fall and spring regional events: Awaken! Our theme verse for this year – and for the next few years – is Matthew 9:36-38. Jesus urges His disciples to pray for more workers to bring in a harvest of souls because He sees and has compassion on the “harried and helpless” people who need to hear the Gospel. Do we see? Are we burdened? Let’s wake up and take a look! Let’s pray for an awakening within Stonecroft and throughout the world – that many more women will desire to share and thirst to hear the Good News – the wondrous news that the God of the Universe became a man, lived a perfect life, died on the cross, and rose from the dead for His glory – and that He might redeem a people for Himself.
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For the year ending March 31, 2016:
- 2,879 conversions
- 6,491 times the Gospel was shared
- 601 Women’s Connection Groups
- 33 locations for Stonecroft Military, Detox, and Conversations (millennial) outreaches
- 782 prayer groups (Prays, Prayer Connections and other prayer groups)
- 40 countries using Stonecroft resources and outreaches