A Safe Place
Sarah* looked right and left to ensure no one was within earshot. Then, with tears in her eyes, she said, “There isn’t a safe place anywhere to share my doubts.”
We had been in conversation for hours as she expressed her fears and doubts about the majority religion here. I had answered many questions about the Way, the Truth and the Life, and Sarah allowed me to pray for her in a private place. During prayer, the Holy Spirit impressed on me John 8:32.
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
I told Sarah what I had heard, and her eyes lit up with joy. This is my deepest longing for the women of this city—that they will know Truth and find freedom through Him.
Despite hardships, God is at work. Sarah and another local seeker had the courage to attend a class with me in a local team member’s home. Through stretching and breathing exercises, Christian music, Scripture meditation, and prayer, I shared the good news.
God has already graciously provided a place for us to establish a wellness program. Interest among local women is building. With your help, we can transform it into an inviting space worthy of the women we will invite!
Our dream is to give women a sense of belonging and access to the love of God. We desire to provide counseling, wellness education, and fitness classes. We will also mentor and train local women to sustain this work.
Please intercede for the young women in our region. And pray for funds to furnish a wellness center that creates a welcoming, safe place for them to gather and be refreshed.
For more resources on the project visit www.alliancewomen.org/resources.
Alliance Women has a goal to raise $13,500 for this learning center. For information on how you can give to this project, visit www.alliancewomen.org/give.
Disillusioned and Seeking
Frustrated by Restrictions
I had just finished a fitness class with several local women. As we prepared to leave, they began putting on their long dresses and hijabs. One of the ladies, Sarah*, exclaimed, “Christians are so lucky! They don’t have to wear the hijab when it’s so hot outside.”
She then began to complain about the many restrictions in her culture. I empathized with her and agreed that it sure seemed like a lot of rules and regulations.
All of the sudden Sarah burst out and said, “I hate our religion! I hate how unfair it is to women. I hate all the rules. I hate the hypocrisy!” I was taken aback and quickly looked over at her friend, Ruth*, who I knew to be more devout. Ruth didn’t seem shocked by her friend’s outburst.
Sarah continued, “Ruth doesn’t feel the same way as me.”
“I’m OK with our religion, but, you know, I’m not super strict about it” Ruth said.
I said a quick prayer for guidance before replying, “Even though this is really difficult for you right now, you are in a good place. I am happy that you are honest enough with yourself to be open about your doubts and frustrations. Your honesty will help you get to the next step in your spiritual journey.”
“Do you really think so?” Sarah asked. “Yes, I do,” I said.
The subject was changed and soon the ladies were on their way home. Although the conversation was brief, I felt that it was enough for that exchange. God had revealed to me a young woman who had become disillusioned with her religion; I prayed that Sarah would soon be ready to hear the good news.
Curious about opportunities
A couple of months later, Sarah and Ruth expressed again an interest in studying the Bible. They had previously participated in a Bible study with other team members. And they had also regularly attended a small class with a few of my teammates that involved stretching, Scripture meditation, and Christian music. Over the next several weeks, the gospel was clearly communicated.
Sarah and Ruth are now comfortable with having regular conversations about their doubts in the majority religion here; both have begun to earnestly study the gospel. Yet they are extremely afraid because of the serious repercussions they will face if any family member suspects their interest in Christianity.
Please continue to pray for Sarah and Ruth. And pray for funds to furnish a wellness center that will provide a welcoming, safe place for women to gather and be refreshed. For more resources on the project visit www.alliancewomen.org/resources.
Alliance Women has a goal to raise $13,500 for this wellness center. For information on how to give to this project, visit www.alliancewomen.org/give.
A Wellness Center for Young Women
A SAFE SPACE NEEDED
In our city women have little freedom. Often, they are not allowed to pursue higher education, and they face harassment when out walking or biking.
I’ve talked with many women here who have doubts about the region’s majority religion and are interested in the good news we can offer. But it is illegal to change one’s religion or to openly share the gospel. If these women chose to follow the Son, they would be ostracized and, in some cases, suffer physical violence and be disowned. In short, their lives would be turned upside down.
In response, God has led our team to create safe spaces in this city to have spiritual conversations. We hope to foster a sense of belonging to help these women connect with other women who feel the same way. To that end, we are using initiatives such as bike riding and fitness classes to enable these young women to build meaningful relationships.
AN INVITING SPACE ENVISIONED
Already, God has graciously provided a location to establish a wellness program, and interest among local women is growing. Our dream is to transform it into an inviting space where they can experience the love of God.
Our wellness center will provide life-enriching services such as counseling, wellness education, and fitness classes. We are also committed to mentoring locals to sustain the work.
Please pray for the creation of this inviting space. Pray that young women will be drawn to this wellness center and will find meaningful connections through activities and spiritual conversations.
Alliance Women has set a goal to raise $13,500 for this project. Monies raised will fund necessary renovations to the center, finance the purchase of fitness equipment, furnishing and supplies, fund scholarships for fitness training and certificates, and provide salaries for five local women fitness instructors.
For more information on how you can give to this project, please visit www.alliancewomen.org/give.