Women Learn to 'Come to the Quiet'
Nearly 360 women from western Washington were greeted with warm smiles and spring touches adorning each place setting as they entered the 2011 Women's Spring Day, event in Auburn, Wash.
Eileen States, Washington Conference women's ministry director, invited women to "Come to the Quiet" during Spring Day and speaker Shelley Quinn from 3ABN shared practical pointers for women to spend more time in scripture and prayer.
The day's theme continued into worship as women were invited to "come into the garden" for praise songs. The women also enjoyed Buena Vista Elementary School's fifth- and sixth-grade drama group who mimed Francesca Battistelli's "This Is the Stuff."
In addition, women had opportunities to contribute to missions at home through food and clothing donations for the homeless and missions worldwide. The group raised $10,034 at Spring Day to ship food to Murwira Children's Home in Zimbabwe, which they have supported for many years.
"You have saved more lives than you know," says Paula Leen, missionary, as she thanked everyone for their donations. Leen is a lifeline for her community in Zimbabwe where she provides medical care; safe housing; access to education, food and employment for adults; and more.
Quinn concluded Spring Day with an application exercise where women learned how to take Bible verses and turn them into promises to pray.
"God wants you to have an abundant life," Quinn says. "Claim God's promises. Digest them. Make the Word part of your prayer time."