God works in different
This year's Women's
Conference was to be different in several ways, one of which was that there
were more of our Indian sisters speaking during the day. One of these was an
evangelist from Madras, and the other was Joycelyn, the daughter of Pastor
Francis Jackson. Joycelyn attended Christ for All Nations Bible College in the
USA and now ministers regularly in Mount Zion Pentecostal Church. Joycelyn is
also involved in a ministry to destitute women in Bangalore.
One of the things God has
taught us during our mission trips to India is patience! Quite often we have to
sit and listen to someone preach in the Tamil language without any English
translation. Whilst we were sitting listening to our Indian sister preaching,
although I couldn't understood what she was saying, I was aware of the power of
God coming through her to the congregation and I could see from the women's
faces that her message was inspiring them.
Next to speak was
Joycelyn, who spoke in English (for which Terrie and I were very grateful) and
her message was translated into Tamil. Joycelyn spoke on how we can become
women of influence, a message full of truth and practical guidance for women to
take hold of and apply to their lives.
Then I spoke a message
about "Walking in Victory", related to experiences I'd had since being in India
and how God had helped me gain the victory through some particularly difficult
spiritual battles and physical problems.
The end of the day was
very different this year. It had been decided to have an anointing service to
close with and the other speakers, Terrie and I were asked to anoint our
sisters with oil. Going down the lines of women, anointing them with oil and
praying for them was a very moving experience. During this time the worship
leader sensitively sang a particularly anointed worship song, and we were aware
that the Holy Spirit was moving powerfully in many women's lives. It is at
times like these that we count ourselves privileged to be used by God.
Praying for our sisters is a moving experience and a
Never one to miss an
opportunity, I made an appeal for salvation and it was our joy to see 25 women
respond and accept Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. What a mighty God we serve!