“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you;
and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Witnesses in Orlando
I received this wonderful text from one of our eight Orlando Butterflies who were bold witnesses at our “Let’s Get Real” Women’s Event at Avalon Church, Orlando last Saturday night.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have never been so ‘turned on’ to Jesus I can’t stop talking about Him to anyone that will listen. I sing praise to my God, my Lord, my savior!”
Her text was witness to the life changing transformation this precious daughter of God has experienced in the last 8 months. On Saturday night she boldly, yet humbly, proclaimed that after sitting in church as a believer for 40 years, Jesus has broken strongholds, healed her, set her free and filled her with joy. Our eight butterflies, all long time church attenders and believers, each bore witness to the transformation, healing and freedom Jesus has given them by knowing more of His truth and experiencing the power of His Spirit in their lives these last eight months. Today they are not only believers, but are also power-filled New Testament witnesses!
- 75 women attended the event.
One woman traveled 3 hours round trip, and wrote “it was worth the journey for the beautiful intimate time I had with Jesus.”
Another woman wrote ” There are no words to describe Saturday evening. The Holy Spirit was everywhere.”
- 40 women submitted response cards – most wanting to join a Butterfly Group, to grow spiritually and experience deeper transformation and freedom with other women.
- 15 women wanted to know more about training to disciple other women.
- Two women indicated decisions to receive Jesus as their Savior!
We give God all the glory and all the praise for His presence with us on Saturday. What a privilege to find so many women in our “Jerusalem” who are hungry and thirsty for spiritual growth!
- The Holy Spirit will continue the work He has begun in each life
- For wisdom as we coordinate and place women in Butterfly groups
- For our Butterfly leaders who will help lead some of these groups
Witnesses in North Carolina
Butterfly leader Samantha shared, “One of our butterfly disciples has been a believer all her life, but didn’t know her identity in Christ, didn’t understand forgiveness and restoration. She had not been discipled. But now she understands who she is and what she has received in Christ, she found a new boldness and began sharing with her unsaved husband. Last week he was saved and baptized.
News Flash Prayer Request: Witness in Poland
Jagoda Butterly leader writes today “Hello dear friends. Please pray for Worshop III group. Women coming from different parts of Poland. Thank you.”
Witnesses in Russia
Russian Butterfly wrote, “At the beginning of the month, we opened our new safe-house and transition home! Also we immediately began working on developing a restoration program, and I started the ‘Butterfly’ training with Ele. She is a new believer and she has so many questions. God has begun His transformation in her and prepared both of us for these meetings. Pray I can help prepare Ele, she needs to be healed and find freedom, identity and joy in Christ, so that later we can reach other women in the brothels.”
Witness in Peru
Butterfly leader Becky shared about a recent Butterfly workshop, “We studied the symptoms and causes of our need for inner healing. We shared the need for the Holy Spirit to heal us. The women shared deep hurts with abandonment of their fathers, and rejection of their Catholic family when they became born again evangelical Christians. Pray for the healing and restoration of these women.”
Witnesses in India
Urmila shares, “The work continues in our area. We have started a new group in Vaijapur where Sunanda and myself shared the vision for women. We will be leading ongoing training there. In “A” city we are training the Nazarene ladies. Our 3 year group, still come together weekly and share what God is doing in our lives.
Martha shares, “God is doing a new thing. Please pray for women in my own church as He has opened doors to train leaders. Pray for ongoing work among our butterfly groups in Nagpur, that God would continue to transform and multiply in this spiritually dry thirsty area.”
Please pray for a continual out pouring of the Holy Spirit in power on all our Butterflies so that we will be bold witnesses for Jesus in our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and all the world!
Yours with grateful thanks In His love,
“To Know God – and To Make Him Known”
“Expect great things from God, Attempt Great things for God.” William Carey