Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fanning Embers into Flames ~ Nursing Spiritual Retreat

Hello Everyone!

Thank you to all of you who have been partnering with us in prayer during our Nursing Spiritual Retreats at the Hospital! We have now met with three of the six groups of nurses and are praising the Lord for how He is working through the power of His Word and by His Holy Spirit among us.
We have been very vividly aware of your ministry in prayer with us ~ Thank You!
Group No. 2. David, our speaker, is on the far Right

As you can see the groups are very small. After asking some of the chief nurses what they thought would be most effective for their staff, we moved forward with a small group format, hoping to foster an intimate, safe environment for prayer, discussion, reflection and mutual encouragement.
Working through discussion questions
In the preparation and organization of these retreats, I have been learning more about the Gabonese culture and how to appropriately navigate the systems of leadership and authority that are in place.

Sharing a meal together
David has been sharing from Romans 12:1-3, talking about what it means to have a renewed mind and to not be conformed to this world, both personally and professionally.
We have seen the Holy Spirit convict and break hardened hearts, many have become humbled and repentant.
Others resist any truth that may be spoken into their lives, this resistance manifests itself in their approach to the physical and spiritual care of their patients -and thus into the overall effectiveness of the Hospital in providing excellence in patient care and sharing the light of the Gospel.

Please continue to pray with us as the remaining three groups meet June 21st, 28th and July 12th.
Pray for the protection and continued growth for those who have been sensitive and responsive to God's voice during these times. Pray that they would continue to listen for His voice in their lives.
Pray for those who still have resistant hearts, hearts that are not open to growth and change.
Pray for a spiritual renewal and revival of the entire Hospital staff.

God has been teaching me a lot about His heart in making disciples, how He desires everyone to be presented mature in Him, how He does not want any of His children to be left to bathe in the tepid waters of a luke-warm faith, how part of His call for us to make disciples in the Great Comission means fanning those embers into flames.

"Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me."   ~ Colossians 1:28-29

For His Glory,
     ~ Amanda

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