Hello from Jan at WMPCQ!
It is now nigh on fifteen years since Lorraine and I seized opportunities to talk, search our hearts and minds before the Lord and pray to Him for wisdom regarding a way forward for ministry amongst the women in our State. We are both very grateful for the support of many others, the acceptance by the whole church that change and fresh ideas were necessary to effectively share the good news of Jesus with women of all ages. The State Assembly blessed the formation of Women's Ministries PCQ under the direction of the Outreach and Nurture Committee.
WMPCQ Committee has been on quite a challenging journey! There was never a question of 'Why?' But the 'Hows' and 'When's' were plentiful, and 'What' is the best approach? It has been the desire of the committee to ENCOURAGE, EQUIP and EXTEND women in their faith and service through using their God given gifts to His glory. All this is seen in the context of partnership alongside men as they lead as spiritual heads of their families.
It is thrilling to look at the PCQ today and observe the many shapes that women's ministry has assumed. Many women are serious about studying the Bible for themselves, some are using opportunities to share the Gospel with their families, friends, neighbours and communities. Some have undertaken the M2W course to dig into the deeper issues of the faith. Some of our churches are employing suitable women to assist in ministering to women and families in their congregations.
There is still much to be done and more challenges to face. This Christmas time please join the WMPCQ committee in prayer for wisdom to reach further across this vast State of ours to share the amazing news that we have a Saviour who desires to know His people personally.
With love and thanks for your support,
The committee take this opportunity to wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and beginning to 2015.
We thank you for your servant hearts and love to each other and pray that next year together we can be an encouragement and show God's love to many.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WOMEN'S MINISTRY?
We are looking for people to join our committee.
Recently I was having a fresh look at our Women's Ministries PCQ Logo -
three pairs of purple hands. One pair reaching out to uplift and support, another cupped to hear God's Word and extended to share it, and the third clasped together in prayer and worship to our gracious God, The colour purple is significant in the scriptures representing royalty and dignity. Then there is the red lettering. Why did the designer choose that colour? It was chosen to remind us of the Red cord Rahab let down from her window to release the spies. That cord hanging in the window was also used to facilitate the rescue of Rahab and her family at the time of the destruction of Jericho.
What a remarkable woman Rahab was! Yes, she was a prostitute, some declare an actual innkeeper. Through her business she had many opportunities to speak with men. On such occasions she heard wondrous stories of the works of the God of the Israelites.
Joshua 2 records these events, verses 8 -11, 'Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, " I know that the Lord has given this land to you and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt , and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites East of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts sank and everyone's courage failed because of you , for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below." '
This God of the Hebrews was certainly more powerful than the Cannanite gods! How she longed to know Him more. She pleaded for safety not only for herself but also for her family at the time of the destruction of Jericho.
Matthew 1 records the genealogy of Jesus. Verse 5 lists 'Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab.' God chose to redeem this Canaanite woman and draw her into His great plan to give us a Saviour!
May we each be encouraged to reach out confidently to those around us to share the wonderful grace of God available to those who would believe it! There are many in our families, our neighbourhoods, our workplaces who don't know the wonderful works of our Saviour. They don't understand that Jesus provides a way back to an everlasting relationship with God by taking our sins upon Himself at the Cross. This good news is life changing and certainly worth sharing!