Women's Ministries Outreach
Article was added on Thursday, July 12, 2012
Rev. Mrs. Tame Lambert recently led a Women's Ministries mission
team of 15 Spirit-filled IPHC from coast to coast to share the
gospel of Jesus Christ with women of a poverty- stricken third
world country that still sits in unrest.
Upon landing in Nicaragua, the journey to the southern town of
Rivas began, according to SEC Customer Service Representative,
Susan Todd. A long road and a packed van provided the opportunity
for the women to get to know each other. As Tuesday morning dawned
they set out on our first day of ministry. They expected only 20 or
so pastor's wives but quickly saw that word had gotten out: the
Americans were coming and church was not just for them. This became
the case in both cities where the group ministered.
Each location was treated to a day of pampering that included a
craft, a scarf accessorizing lesson, a facial and a manicure for
the women in attendance. The second day of the conference provided
the ladies an opportunity to attend a workshop on Girls'
Ministries. While team members provided a day of ministry that
included the preached word, testimonies, and teaching on spiritual
gifts and why we have Women's Ministries. The ladies were richly
blessed and even shared their own testimonies with the group at the
end of that time. There were reports of deliverance, healing, and
freedom received in those sessions and around the altars.
Of course there were obstacles to overcome, Todd said. A couple
of injuries sustained by team members and extreme 105 degree heat
made for a difficult time, and water became a valued commodity.
By far the most compelling obstacles were overcome by the
Nicaraguan people, Todd said. After one of the services the group
was asked to pray and intercede for a group of women traveling in
by public bus to the conference. They were stuck in a roadblock
where civil unrest was happening and had to spend hours and hours
in the extreme heat, waiting to get through. They arrived late, but
they arrived nonetheless.
"Truly these women were committed to not being denied their
blessing! With what could be called more than challenging
circumstances to simply attend a series of meetings began to think
about what we would have done here. I seriously doubt any of us
would have persevered through that. Most of us here would have
simply turned around and gone home saying that it must not have
been the Lord's will for us to be there, but not these women. They
were determined to arrive at their blessing. But that's not the
whole story. When I realized where they were staying I quickly
surmised that I, too, would have thrown in the towel on my trip. On
a brief tour of the church facilities we saw a few rooms with
sleeping bags piled high. The explanation stunned us all! These
women weren't staying in a hotel or even in a house with a friend,
they were sleeping on cement slab floors in a sleeping bag. But
even that was not the end of the challenges overcome by the good
people of Nicaragua," Todd said.
Thursday the team was ministering in Managua and was extremely
excited because the church had air conditioners. When the units
roared to life the team cheered in joy, but it was short-lived,
"The demand on their system was too much and the service pole in
front of the church exploded and burst into flames, causing the
electricity to be cut completely. Not only were the fans gone, we
didn't even have lights," she added.
The next day brought a small earthquake that didn't disturb the
service, Todd said. In fact, it caused a time of worship to
"My first instinct was to go stand in the yard for the remainder
of the day; theirs was to dig in deeper and grab His presence even
more fiercely than before," she said.
On the last Sunday, when Todd thought she couldn't be amazed
anymore, part of the team traveled to a third church to preach.
This particular location only had half a roof and little
ventilation with one small fan, yet they filled the place.
"The people came and worshipped and they didn't drive or take a
bus or a taxi; they walked. Most of us grumble when we don't get
the parking spot closest to the door, but these great people didn't
have a parking lot, just a driveway for them to walk down to get to
church," she said. "To say that I was the one blessed by this trip
is a gross understatement. The team was wonderful and I so enjoyed
getting to know each lady. It was my privilege to witness their
anointing at work. What a joy to see what I've never seen and do
what I've never done."
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