Alabama WMU event encourages women to live their lives as offering to Christcomment (0)
March 13, 2014
On Feb. 22, more than 600 women from across the state gathered at Gardendale’s First Baptist Church for Renew, an annual women’s event sponsored by Alabama Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU).
Renew 2014 featured keynote speaker Cindy Townsend, of Jackson, Miss., and songwriter and worship leader Shelly E. Johnson, who serves at First Baptist Church, Woodstock (Ga.), best known for her moving worship song “Power of the Cross.” Townsend challenged participants to cast off Satan’s distractions and embrace the fullness of life in Christ. She also emphasized the importance of living life as an offering to God.
“The speakers were awesome and I am leaving here today renewed and feel like I have a new purpose to go out and seek and serve Christ in everything I do,” said Susan Campbell, a member of Siloam Baptist Church, York.
According to Alabama WMU missions and ministry consultant Pat Ingram, encouraging and empowering women is at the heart of Renew.
“Our goal each year for Renew is that the ladies who attend would leave encouraged in their daily walk with Christ and challenged to be more involved in the mission of God here at home and around the world,” Ingram said. “We strive for Renew to live up to its name, to be a time of meaningful spiritual renewal for the women of Alabama.”
In addition to general sessions, participants attended breakout conferences on various topics including healthy living, marriage, prayer, missions and intentional life.
“The small group sessions were enlightening and confirming to me, helping me truly see what God has planned — to walk in the center of His will and be His light to others,” said Mischka Studdard, a member of First Baptist Church, Ragland.
In 2015, Renew will be held in Montgomery on Feb. 28. For more information, visit www.alawoman.com.