24th April 2016

Hebron Hall, near Cardiff, was the venue for this year's spring Welsh Women's Ministries retreat, which was held over the weekend of 22-24 April.  Twenty-three ladies attended including some from North England Conference and some who are not church members. Our first priority was to thank God for the high number of attendees. It was made clear at the outset that we serve a very real, living God; He had heard our prayers.

There was undoubtedly an abundance of gifts during the weekend: anonymous presents, spiritual gifts, free gifts, symbolic gifts, God's gifts and even teddy bears.  We looked at, and some of us discovered, our spiritual gifts and we were all reminded that Paul encourages us not only to know what they are but to use them. It seemed appropriate that we were accommodated in 'The Potter's House' as discussions took place about God being the Master Potter. Our creative skills were put to the test when we were asked to form our own pots which resulted in lots of fun and laughter and some amazing end products! There is an intimacy between the potter and the clay. 2 Corinthians 4:7 mentions 'treasure in clay jars' and that we are created for a purpose – to be filled with the very essence of Jesus. As is customary, we spent a lot of time in prayer and prayed that we would be transformed into vessels fit for the King of Kings.

We learned that God delights in taking uncertain people who can't believe they have been chosen and transforming them into radical women – and men.

Eirlys Broome led out in an interesting exercise when we learned about some of the lesser known women of the Bible; so many of them aren't even named. We concluded, however, that we are no different from these women. God created us all in His image, with a special uniqueness, to be used for different purposes but the thing that brings us all together is that we are His daughters; 'Daughters of the Divine' and our primary role is to reflect His glory. We closed the retreat on 'higher ground', feeling uplifted, confident and determined to use our free gifts as much as we possibly can until that great day when Christ shall return in all His glory and we shall see Him face to face.

More pictures from the event can be seen on our gallery page.

[Jennifer Rowell]

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