Over twenty years ago I came into contact with an organisation called ‘Crusade for World Revival’ for the first time. As a new pastor’s wife, it was suggested to me that I would benefit from attending CWR’s seminars on the subject of ‘Caring’, and the course spread over three Saturdays was an excellent overview of the subject.
Many of those who have heard of CWR will associate it with ‘Every Day with Jesus’ daily reading notes. However, CWR is much more than an organisation that just produces daily reading notes. It was founded in 1965 by an‘ordinary man’ called Selwyn Hughes who put his life into the hands of an ‘extraordinary’ God. Over the years CWR has developed into a thriving and expanding international ministry involved in training seminars and programmes, conference events and a steady stream of publications.
For those of us ‘north of the border’, visiting CWR’s home at Waverley Abbey to participate in seminars and training events is more difficult in terms of travelling time, absence from the family etc. So last year my interest was re-awakened by the news of CWR doing a day seminar at a church in Glasgow on the subject of ‘God’s Design for Women’. This was an excellent day of teaching and encouragement for women, and convinced me to approach CWR to bring seminars to Edinburgh.
Reading down the list of seminar titles and descriptions, two seemed to leap out at me. The first one was ‘Women Mentoring Women’, which fits in well with the aims of the Women’s Ministry of our church as we begin to encourage mentoring relationships between women of different ages. This seminar will take place on Friday 23rd February 2007 at the Faith Mission, 548, Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh at 7.30 p.m. The seminar focus is on how God equips women for the roles he has called them into, including leadership, through the intentional influence of other women. Mentoring involves using your God-given wisdom, skills and experience to help others develop their potential. This is a time of encouragement, inspiration and practical advice. We will be looking at different areas of our lives where the influence of godly women can help others be better Christians.
Choosing the second seminar, ‘How to be a Secure Woman’, was not difficult once I had read the description, and bought a copy of the Discussion Booklet based on the seminar. One paragraph commented “ We all have these deep needs to be unconditionally loved and to belong: to be valued and feel of worth: and to have meaning and purpose in our lives. Too often however, we look to sources other than God for those deep needs to be met. We develop strategies which allow other people and things to occupy our attention. We are motivated, albeit unconsciously, to find our identity apart from God. Then, when there is a crisis, we discover where our security really lies.” Both as a woman and pastor’s wife, I know how many of us tend to struggle in the areas of worth and identity. This seminar will take place on Saturday 24th February, again at the Faith Mission Edinburgh, from 10.00 p.m. till 3.30 p.m.
Tickets for the Friday seminar cost £6, and the Saturday £14 with a buffet lunch included. For tickets or more information see our website. For more information on CWR you can visit their website here.
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