Over the past few years, stories have poured in from women in their everyday lives and the ways they have found it possible to pursue each other in deeper relationship. Crossing the barriers of stage of life, denominations, and race. These stories show how the Spirit of God is moving through the tools and resources He has led us to create and put in the hands of women in this generation.
We have been so blessed by Peggy Beddall, an IF:Local Leader from Kansas City, who has discovered that she is not only welcome in the building of community and discipling women in local communities but a vital part.
She is a powerful example of a woman who has been unleashed to live for God’s glory and for the good of others.
We asked Peggy how she had been challenged to step out in purpose and pursue community. Her responses have powerfully shown us how intentional and good God is to his daughters.
“God used Christine Caine’s message at IF:Gathering 2014 to put me back in the race. After a significant hurt and loss at another church, I’d relegated myself to the sidelines because I felt too broken and too old. Her message was a wakeup call to CHOOSE to live a life of freedom and a confirmation from God that He wasn’t done with me. By the time IF:Gathering 2015 rolled around, I was leading my church’s women’s ministry leadership team! It’s not anything I’d thought about in years, although I’ve always been active in women’s ministries as a Bible study leader and teacher. It was simply the hand of God moving in ways I didn’t understand but had surrendered myself to at IF:Gathering 2014!”
The Power Of Reconciliation
In 2015, after witnessing Latasha Morrison’s racial reconciliation table at IF:Gathering, Peggy shared that she discovered a way to be part of creating space to learn and understand the difficult conversation around race in our country. She met Misha Lewis, a sister of color, and a deep friendship formed between them as they walked through Latasha’s Be The Bridge Racial Unity curriculum. In April of 2015, they hosted a racial unity group with ten other women in their community.
“It has been the single most significant work that God has done in my life. Everything about me has changed — my worldview, my ministry, my thoughts, my actions — everything.”
This powerful woman is such a testament that God desires our ‘yes’ at any stage of life, and the new dreams and stories that await us if we’re willing to trust Him.
What has been holding you back from saying ‘yes’ to the idea, invitation, or dream that has been put on your heart? In the new year, what could your ‘yes’ be? Know that we are cheering you on and praying for you to lean into where God is leading you.
As we near the end of the year, we invite you to join the ministry and the pursuit of discipling a generation by: