I want to share with you my joy…
Because we, the Discipleship class, had not yet finished, we retreated to the NC mountains to finish the last 4 teachings of year 2. It was an amazing conclusion for our two years together. The presence of the Holy Spirit was so present as we embraced the whole of our teachings, loving one another and accepting the call to now Go Forth. We prayed, studied, sang, journaled, broke bread, cried, laughed, interceded, washed one another's feet, served communion one to another. I am still processing the ALL and the AWE of the weekend.
The highlight was observing the display of genuine love for each other. Ministry happened all weekend… looking back, even in our free time, whether it was just 2 or the group, we found ourselves still sharing and confessing strong holds, crying and praying. We each collected a rock and wrote on it what it meant to have Christ in us. We (those able) then climbed Big Bald Mtn and built an altar praising God on the heights of the land. We meet several hikers on their personal quest of mastering the whole of the Appalachian Trail, all 2200 miles, and blessed their journey. Saturday evening after the teaching of Servants to the Church, we washed one another's feet. One was very reluctant, but in time and in obedience allowed me to wash her feet and then in turn washed another’s. Sunday morning prior to the Servant to the World teaching, we shared communion, serving the bread and the wine one to another.
Through the doors and windows, the wind blew in and we all received it as the symbolic anointing of the Holy Spirit and it continued to blow intermittently throughout Erilynne’s teaching. Many of the group had voiced sadness that we were at the end and didn’t want to conclude. However, with the power of the wind blowing upon us, we each knew that now is the time and we are indeed called, anointed and empowered to Go Forth. I find it difficult to express in mere words a tangible for an intangible working of the Holy Spirit; this I know, indeed He has done a great work. Each of these ladies are a display of His transforming power and His Glory for all the world to see.
So this Monday morning, I speak for Rosemary R, Sandy, Donna, Roberta, Pat, Rosemary L, Robin, Gloria, and myself, thank you. May God continue to bless and prosper Ariel Ministry, so that the world may KNOW Jesus Christ.
Your Fellow Disciple of the LORD Jesus Christ,