Three Stories: Moving toward Healing

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Three Stories: Moving toward Healing

Sharing our stories brings healing.  It seems too simple but it's true.  We watched as woman after woman allowed another person to see inside her pain.  They listened to each other and asked God to enter these dark places.  (read more by clicking on the title above)

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Pain and Struggle

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Pain and Struggle

There were so many moments of sharing.  The times of tears and sorrow were calmed as they listened intently to each other.  (click on the title to read more)

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Crossing the Border {in prayers}

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Crossing the Border {in prayers}

The prayers of women from Indiana surrounded the conference.  Having their faces surrounding us reminded the WLTI they had not been forgotten.  Read more... (click on the title above)

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Reconnecting and Building Deep Community

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Reconnecting and Building Deep Community

Here's a few stats for those of you who like numbers.

Total individual participants:  45-49 daily (some participants sent apologies for not be able to attend due to illness and their children returning to school on February 2.)

The WLTI participants ages varied and this was truly an intergenerational gathering!  The women ranged from 22 to 60.  That means we had women who were born in the 1990s and the 1950s... that's quite a range.  So hopeful. 

Women came from a variety of protestant denominations and every region of Rwanda was represented.  Literally when these women go back in their communities they will reach the entire country.

Watching the women greet us and each other compensated for the delays and long travel. 

As the women entered Monday morning they were so excited to be back together.  Just six months ago we gathered this group of leaders for the first time.  At that time most of them were just meeting and were in the process of building deeper relationships.   

It is critical as leaders to be in the presence of other leaders to support and challenge each other.   These women who were once strangers and even enemies now stand as friends and sisters because of their faith and relationship with Jesus Christ and desire to bring about hope and healing to Rwanda.

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Update: Travel

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Update: Travel

Unfortunately, our group hit a traveling obstacle early in the trip. Lisa Hartman and I were able to successfully get from Chicago to Rwanda with our biggest fight being United Airlines' bag police. Apparently no matter what country your in, United is not impressed with how much two women can pack into a 9x12x22in space. But, we successfully made it with all our items and were greeted by the warm faces of Ben and David of ALARM.

I have  a feeling the other half has a little more to say about there trip in... 

They were grounded on their flight from Indianapolis to D.C. due to weather complications. After lots of prayers, some travel agent magic and night spent in the D.C. airport, they were able to get a flight through Ethiopia and should arrive in at 12:40 pm today. This painfully extended their travel time from just under 24 hours to approximately 44 hours.

Lisa and I just returned from church with Ben and are anxiously waiting for the arrival of the other half and their 550 lbs. of luggage.

So I'm sending the rest of the team my best wishes as I enjoy this beautiful view with the sounds of worshiping neighbors flooding over ALARM's walls.

 - Chelsea 

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What's the UPdate?

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What's the UPdate?

Check out our Yeah GOD! List  by clicking on the TITLE What's the UPdate? ABOVE   and various updates as we prepare for the next conference.  You'll be encouraged to see all the things God has been doing!

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Undone by the Beauty and Promise

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Undone by the Beauty and Promise

I see creativity, necessity, hope and expectancy all aroundThis land and its people are resilient. They are warm and welcoming.

We are am finding that even though thousands of miles separate us, we belong to each other and our world is one in the same...  {to read the entire post, click on the TITLE above}

 

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Offering What We Have

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Offering What We Have

Investing in these women is investing in the world.

Miles away, I can still picture Josephine, sitting under an avocado tree, meeting with Jesus.  I can also imagine her carrying that same look of pride and of generosity that I saw in Anastasia and Benjamin into every aspect of her servant leadership.  Conference 2 is just a few months away, and we are eager to hear ...   {to read the entire post, click on the TITLE above}

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Seeing God's Goodness

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Seeing God's Goodness

After Dana, one of our facilitators, finished talking about how to find themes in the Bible, she invited the women to think about how God’s story had intersected with their story.  To think about a time when they had seen God’s goodness in their own story.

It didn’t take long for a woman to raise her hand and make her way to the front of the room. Marguerite began recounting this part of her story:   

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How did we get here?

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How did we get here?

It's been a journey but we are here.

Back in 2013 I had the opportunity to travel to Rwanda  see firsthand the work of the incredible ministry of ALARM.  Now, we are literally linking arms with 40 Rwanda Leaders in hopes of equipping and empowering these women to transform their churches and communities.

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