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Face-to-Face with Elizabeth and Mary Wraps Up for Women of the Word

Written By Mallory Hoekman on 03/02/2015 | Posted in Congregational LifeWomen of the Word

Women of the Word (WoW) wrapped up a six week “Face-to-Face with Elizabeth and Mary” mentoring study by Janet Thompson for 16 women in all ages and stages of life with a celebration and sharing of how they thought the study went and what they learned. While some matches were not quite done with the study the overall experience seemed to be overwhelmingly positive and left many wishing it would have lasted longer :)

There were a few bumps in the road for some of the ladies to get started; between life events, sickness, and being literally oceans apart God blessed these women that persevered to get to know each other and Him more deeply.

A Focus on Luke 1

The study focused on the relationship between Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist) and Mary (mother of Jesus Christ) as told in Luke 1. I had read this passage of Scripture before, but this study forced me to read it and re-read it and re-read it over and over. Each time I read it I got a different perspective of the situation both Elizabeth and Mary were in. The coolest thing for me about this was the last couple of lessons in the study really hit me where I was at that week (specifically focusing on listening to God and prayer), and I know it was absolutely a God-ordained placement of the lesson in my life!

The Benefits of a Mentoring Study

Many women shared that throughout the study the mentoring was a two-way street with advice coming from both the mentor and mentee. God was at work in these pairs and listening to the ladies share was a great testimony to His faithfulness in their lives. A few shared that they got some practical tips on parenting from their mentor who had gone through different stages with their child and others were so thankful that they had another person praying specifically for them when they had something heavy on their heart. I know I have a mentor that will continue to pray for me, seek me out on a Sunday mornings to check in, text me throughout the week, and that our friendship/mentorship will continue even though the study is officially done.

“It is so refreshing to have friends in our life who care what is happening with us spiritually and personally.” – Janet Thompson, author of “Face-to-Face with Elizabeth and Mary”

I think that quote was my overwhelming take away from this study. There are women both in our church and in our families that genuinely take an interest in our life. God places them there for a reason or a season. It is my job (and in a greater sense, all of our jobs) to see who God has placed in my life, meet them where they are at, encourage them, lift them up in prayer, or just listen.

Continue in Prayer for Us

I would ask you continue to be in prayer for these ladies, that the relationships developed would continue, that they would continue to invest in each other’s life, and that each lady would have an opportunity to reach out to another generation to the glory of God.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 - We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.

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Mallory Hoekman has been a Living Word member since 2011. She lives with her husband, Austin, and they have three children. At Living Word she enjoys participating in different aspects of Christian Education, planning Women of the Word events, helping in the nursery, and operating video in the sound booth as well as coordinating Vacation Bible Shool. Outside of church she is able to be a stay-at-home mom, children's leader at BSF, and enjoys photography.

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