More than I expected
At the Lifesprings Retreat I learned not to be ashamed of my brokenness. God is still speaking to me about brokenness that dates way back. He continues to teach me that it is in pouring out myself that I will receive abundance.
I had been a Christian for a bit more than a year when my friend, Diana, told me about Lifesprings. I was thrilled at the idea of meeting with other Christian ladies and learning from them! I had so many questions about what it means to follow God and how to become more like Jesus, about what it means to a be a leader under His authority.
Now, looking back to the Lifesprings time, I can honestly say that the school was more than what I expected. I thought that I would be enriched by the teachings and experience of Jesus followers. And this indeed happened! The quality of the courses was great, and the teachings were so very enriching, empowering and relevant for every-day life! But, in addition to that, I found a community of beautiful women with a burning faith, who touched me through their presence. I saw how they served, how they prayed, how they organized every little detail, how they listened to stories of the participants and offered support until late at night, and how they embodied God’s love through acts of grace, patience, humbleness and self-sacrifice.
The ‘leading through example’ lessons that the Lifesprings team gave me was as transforming as the school itself. So for me, Lifesprings was a life changing experience on multiple levels and I recommend it whole-heartedly, with gratefulness and excitement for the impact I already know it will have on those who decide to enroll.
—Daniela (from Bucharest Romania, student at the Geneva LSM)
My vision and mission was defined
Through the Lifesprings School of Ministry, Mongolia, I learned and enriched myself in terms of of biblical knowledge and practical application. For many years I was making handmade souvenirs. Since I joined LSMM, my vision and mission was defined and I found purpose and value of my doings. God revealed that through my small business, many believers can be provided with work opportunities, becoming part of our team, and further use my talent to reach lost ones.
I appreciate very much Lifesprings International and LSMM for bringing to us the school. Thank you for allowing many ladies from Darkhan province to be a part of LSMM. All glory and praise to our only God!
—Lifesprings School of Ministry Mongolia student
I learned women’s leadership is important
From the first session of the Lifesprings School of Ministry Mongolia, I learned that women’s leadership role is very important and that women leaders made significant contributions in the history of the world. From the Bible Study Methods, I understood well the method of outlining the main ideas of the Bible books and applying them to my everyday life. I have learned a lot from LSMM and applied much to my life. Further, I have a huge desire to lead women. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to LSMM and the dedicated teachers and organizers.
—Lifesprings School of Ministry Mongolia student
Revolutionized the way I study the Bible
I had been a believer for 30 years and a missionary for 27 when I attended my first Lifesprings School of Ministry in Grenoble 9 years ago. Going more for relationships than thinking I had anything more to learn, I was blown away (yes, I know, this is a US idiom!) by Linnea Winquist and her session on Understanding the Bible (hermeneutics and exegesis). It revolutionized the way I study the Bible, and I’ve since taught what I learned to church leaders in Cambodia, Canada, Kosovo, Albania, and many other places. One session. One woman. Global impact.
An amazing journey
I felt that my life had been filled with everything that I needed. I was raised in a Christian family, always loved being in church, and have been a missionary for almost 30 years, But for various reasons, I often felt “not enough” : insecure, not worthy, having nothing to say that really would contribute.
When I went to the first weekend of Lifesprings in Lyon in 2004, I was drawn into a group of women who were so welcoming that it touched me. Very soon, I joined the school in Zurich as student, became a coach for other students, and also became part of the leadership team.
What an amazing journey this became … I was challenged to do workshops, to read books I never would have read, and to grow in my spiritual life with new spiritual disciplines! And all of that in a “guiltfree” atmosphere! I was allowed to be me, to develop my God-given skills, and as I enjoyed more and more of the Lifesprings community, they became family!
Now in my work as a missionary, I travel around the world, visiting, encouraging and empowering other missionaries with what I have learned through Lifesprings. To God be the glory!
My cup was filled
While my husband and I were visiting Janice Gutierrez (Lifesprings Executive Director) we asked her what was going on in France and with all the photos she had been posting on FB. When she finished telling me all that God was doing, she said, “You need to come and visit and see it with your own eyes.” I nodded and thought “There is no way I can afford to travel to France … plus it sounds a bit scary to travel by myself across the ocean.” Added to this was my overwhelming dread of women’s events. Well, my husband strongly encouraged me to go and see.
I was truly astounded by what I observed. Not only did I see God at work, but my cup was filled after many years of unknown emptiness.
I agreed to be a team leader at the Zurich LSM and also register as a student. At this school, Nate Feldmeth and Carolyn Custis James both spoke of women whom God used for His kingdom work. I was challenged by this and had to ask myself, “Does God’s vision for the world include me? Does he want and can He use me for His vision?” But I was gripped by fear: fear of change, fear of what others think, and fear of not measuring up and failing. This challenge rocked me to my core. Was I willing to be used? Do I even believe He can use me?
I went home with a new resolve to say ‘Yes’ to God … not knowing that I would be moving to Bratislava, traveling all around Europe and even speaking in front of others. Saying ‘yes’ to ‘come and see’ was only the beginning of the great things God has done in my life.