What Is The Heart of the Matter?
by Mary Liggett, WOV Columbia-Willamette
A small group of seven of us from our Women of Vision chapter gathered to start The Heart of the Matter study in spring of 2012. We began with Hope in a World of Hurt, the first module in the series. We thoroughly enjoyed the study and our small group decided to continue with the second module, Communities Transformed with Change That Lasts, in the fall. Only five of us were available, but it turned out to be a wonderful group for the study. We were able to share deeply on this touching series, which so clearly addresses the needs of women and children around the world and also examines our responsibility and ability to respond.
So when the third module, Touching the Lives of Women in Poverty, became available in Spring 2013, we jumped at the chance to push further. It turns out that the other studies were just a prelude to this very personal study. It continued to delve deeper into the issues of women and children putting us into
a position of more personal understanding over and over. Then, and most importantly, through homework, this study required that we look at what we can do – now – on these various issues. For instance, we decided which one or ones of these issues God is placing on our hearts; we listed our resources and advantages and considered how we can use them to create opportunities; we looked around us during the week for where we could take a step toward sharing with others or working in the community. A few of the results were: participating in a walk for water, responding boldly to needs of neighbors, considering for the first time a mission trip, and being interviewed for a Women of Faith video sharing information on child sponsorship! God truly showed us ways that we were able to make a difference.
Please prayerfully consider who you might gather as a small group for this study. The investment of time in meeting, and even leading a group is quite manageable – and the results are amazing. God worked in and encouraged our group through this study, as He will yours. I think of this study as a call to arms in the battle for women and children.