I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
I can hardly write this letter as my heart is full and my eyes filled with tears of joy. Thank you for praying for our workshop this weekend! It was an amazing and powerful 4 days!
Our focus was Jesus’ command to abide in Him in order to bear fruit, to pursue intimacy with Jesus and with each other, to know God, and know how God wants to be loved and known.
Although all these women are strong believers, the Holy Spirit brought deep conviction to each woman’s heart about hidden areas of wounding and fear preventing or hindering intimacy with the Lord, with husbands, children or others. As we came into greater understanding of Jesus’ command to abide in Him we found the safety to surrender those fears choosing to pursue intimacy with Him, to yield completely to Him and trust in His love. Every woman testified to greater joy, healing and freedom – and the fruit was almost immediate…
The following day, Tanya our Butterfly from South Florida had her first appointment visiting women in jail. She shared the gospel using The Butterfly Story and to her amazement, the Lord gave her “much fruit”! She later wrote…
“Ladies, thank you for your prayers!! The presentations went so amazingly well!! On the conservative side, at least 40 women, half of the women in the jail, accepted Jesus as their savior today. Can you believe that? All praise and honor to him!! I am just a vessel, He does the work!!”
- Praise God for this abundant fruit! Tanya has been given permission to lead weekly disciple making groups with these women in the jail!
- Pray for Tanya as she grows in intimacy with Jesus and abides in Him so that she can bear fruit by feeding these new disciples in His word.
- Pray these new believers will grow as Tanya leads them in understanding their true identity and freedom in their new relationship in Jesus.
During the workshop, Shelly shared some of her painful journey to deeper intimacy with Jesus. The Lord gave her greater healing and freedom this weekend. On our last night, Shelly received an invitation to visit the Orlando Homeless Coalition, which has been on her heart for many months. That night the Lord used Shelly to minister to a broken woman at the Coalition who was deeply grieving the loss of her husband that day. The leader who invited Shelly told me “Shelly was so amazing. Very compassionate and caring. The Lord used her in a BIG way!” Through her own journey of pain to intimacy, Shelly is bearing much fruit!
Aliona from Moldova had a very disturbing call from her daughter at school in Minnesota. The next day, Tracie received sad news that her husband’s grandmother who she has known since she was 2 years old, had gone home to be with Jesus. Tracie arranged with her family to fly to Minnesota this week – to the same town where Aliona’s daughter is at school! Yesterday Tracie delivered in person, a butterfly hug and a love letter from Aliona to her daughter! Of all the cities Tracie could have flown, God placed her in Minnesota to bear fruit to Aliona’s hurting daughter, when she was so many miles away from her family!
We thanked God for providing all the funds Aliona needs for her medical treatment for Hepatitis C virus. However, on the last day of the training I received an additional $200 gift for Aliona from one of our Butterflies. When I met Aliona today to give her the funds, she shared that she was having red tape problems receiving the medicine from India. She needed an additional $200! Praise God, unknown to Aliona, He had already provided her additional need from the abundant fruit given by another Butterfly!
Thank you for praying for our Butterflies! I hope you enjoy these photos from our sweet time together! We praise God for all the fruit He is bearing through these women who are pursuing intimacy with Jesus – we are committed to knowing Him and making Him known!
Please keep praying for the women’s conference in France this weekend!! They have about 126 women! I will send their beautiful update tomorrow!
Yours in His love!
Founder & Executive Director