I had been a believer for 30 years and a missionary for 27 years 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.Audrey
A sister (in Christ) walked an hour to get to today’s session of the School of Ministry Mongolia…oh, and it’s snowing. This is why I do what I do with Lifesprings.Audrey
While my husband, Mike 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. She immediately began to tell me all that God was doing in France. Then she finished with “You need to come and visit and see it with your own eyes.” I nodded and at the same time 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 … to make a long story short, 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.Stephanie
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.Mathilde
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!
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)
The retreat was a fresh encounter with God, emotional healing,
motivation, perspective for the future, it was just wonderful.
I was invited to a Lifesprings retreat to serve. But year after year, my relationships have gone deeper. I’ve received so much by meeting women from around the world and seeing how they walk with God. I’ve taken part in 3 schools of ministry and soaked up every minute of teaching. And then two years ago, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, this community of Lifesprings women carried me in prayer. I’m still serving and receiving so much through the challenge and compassion of this devoted community.Kim
Thank you so much for the most amazing weekend. I just loved
every single second of our time at the retreat. You put together
an incredible weekend. When you get a taste of heaven like
that, it is always so incredibly difficult to return to normality.