From Trish Barrett:
Lasma is Entrust’s first national staff member in Latvia. What a privilege I have had to be one of the Women-to-Women Ministry team who helped train her! Read her story below and thank God for women like her in Europe.
Usually year starts in 1. January with new thoughts, hopes and plans! But now is moment when I am already one year in full time ministry! This is good moment to evaluate, plan and DREAM. And I realize that often I am not dreaming, because I am afraid of disappointment, if my dreams would not come true! But to DREAM with God is very safe, because when we trust our dreams to Him, they will have perfect flight or necessary fall!
How about my dreams?
Getting started full time ministry, I did not realize those ways how God will let me participate in His work. I knew only that I am coordinator of discipleship programm "Woman to woman". At very beginning I did not have big dreams, only many little things, what I faithfully tried to do and suddenly those little things became as basic of my dreams.
1. Big dream - discipleship programm "Woman to woman" training in October.
We trained 18 women in three different courses: Facilitator training, Develop a discerning heart and Discovery Bible study. Training purpose - that women grow in maturity and are willing to pass it on, what they receive in training - to local churches, where they belong. And I am so thankful that God used this training to bring changes in women lives: minds, charachters and hearts.
2. Come alongside to women, who are trained in our programm!
It is blessing to be in a quite small country and to have opportunity to meet in a larger community, beside of training. The first time - retreat before training to encourage and support each other to finish course! Second time in April, when we went on a excursion to Limbazi, where lives one of our trained woman Liene. There we enjoyed time together, conversations, testamonies and beautiful nature. And of course, I am happy to enjoy every moment when I can meet the women personally in a face to face meeting!
I am honored to work in a such a wonderful team, where every of us can use their spiritual gifts and strenghts and discover our weaknesses (that is so significant). This helps to find our place in a team and together search the best solutions for Latvia!
4. Support different churches in Latvia and share my story!
Lately I had opportunity to visit many churches in Latvia! In November I was in Grobinas church, where I facilitated Bible study to support women from this local church to start small groups. In February I was in a Priekules church to share how works and what provides programm "Woman to woman". In March I visited Jelgavas church where I said the message about Inharitance. Together with Latvian baptist Women ministry leadership team I was in a Valmieras church, where I said message about Jesus and women. And in April I was in Brocenu church, where I shared my story and how works and what provides programm "Woman to woman". Year ago I could not imagine, that God could open the doors for this dream!
5. To serve in my local church!
I am so thankful to God for my Bible study group, what is gift for me and where we can grow together in Christ and see how Holy Spirit changing our minds, hearts and decisions. This year we studied letter of James and the letter of Paul to the Ephesians.
Special thoughts from women:
I found Bible as whole!
So great to discuss those topics with husband.
I found Bible so alive!
Those letters is so practical - how to live and change in the likeness of Christ.
I am thankful for time what I can spend with women and teenagers from my local church in individual meetings - where we talking about life and how to follow Jesus!
These where my dreams, what I experienced together with God in those last 12 months. This was really active time and at the same time - peaceful.
In the beginning of May I have wonderful opportunity to participate in conference of "Entrust".
And there came new thoughts, ideas and DREAMS!
Vision that in all region of Latvia we would have trained, discerned and loving women, who wants to pass what they receive, disciple other women and in this way - strengthen local churches.
Discover ways how to reach women from Latgales region.
In a period of three years provide training all courses in latvian.
Create supportive environment, that trained women would be able more and more effective serve in local churches.
Come alongside with support and practical help to start Entrust training in countries of Europe!
With warm greetings,