50 women attend Tabitha leaders’ retreat in Kenya

Tabitha is a Christian ministry in western Kenya reaching needy women with God’s Word and practical demonstrations of His love. A Bible Study that missionary Linda Spriegel began in her home in 2005 has grown to over 200 groups. Recently, 50 Bible study leaders gathered for a retreat. Here’s the story from the Tabitha Ministry blog:

Last month fifty Tabitha women leaders came from miles around to share three days together.  The pampering at this retreat was the fact they didn’t have to gather firewood, carry water, or cook during this time.  Some walked four hours to get there. The draw? God’s Word and fellowship with other sisters in Christ.  Not only do each of these ladies have vibrant relationships with Christ, but they are all committed to reaching and teaching other women with God’s Word.

Our purpose for the retreat: II Thessalonians 2:16,17 – that our hearts would be encouraged by Christ and strengthened for every good deed and word.

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”

Tabitha Bible study leaders

Tabitha Bible study leaders

Worshiping together was a joy!

Worshiping together was a joy!

Praying together as teams was a big part of the retreat.

Praying together as teams was a big part of the retreat.

Some pastors came at the end to greet us, and we had a time of prayer for those leaders whose husbands are still unsaved.

Some pastors came at the end to greet us, and we had a time of prayer for those leaders whose husbands are still unsaved.

View more retreat photos here.

Prayer requests:

  • As the ministry grows, changes are always needed in dividing up groups, bringing up promising leaders into more responsibility, making changes where things aren’t going well, etc. Pray for wisdom for Peris, Pastor Koech and myself as we pray and confer together with some of our other leaders.
  • We desire to get some of our studies published this year. Pray for clear steps forward in this in the first three months of 2015.
  • We are continuing our study of the Gospel of John, beginning with the 16th chapter. Pray that each of the members of our 200+ studies will be impacted each week as she meets Jesus in the Word. Pray that each woman would share with her children and husband the truths she is learning and that they would also be drawn to Christ.

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