Last year saw the launch of Fearless Women Ireland with a day conference at the Helix on June 16th. We were all amazed at how wonderful it was for a first time event. Despite technical hiccups, we enjoyed heavenly worship of Jesus, led by Brian and Steph Houston , with times of loud praises, dancing, and awed stillness too.
Sophia Barrett brought a deeply touching message of faith, even in the midst of the worst of storms, when she shared the story of her own breakdown and restoration as she learnt to be still in the presence of the Lord. Lucy Hill talked about resurrection hope we believers have to share in this #MeToo moment.
Some ordinary women shared their extraordinary stories with us in the Sofa Session too – women like Maebh Carlin from Lurgan, who found the Lord in the midst of a life threatening accident which left her paralysed at 19, slowly recovering over the following two years. And of course there was the lovely Rose, a former Compassion sponsored child, who shared her journey out of extreme poverty.
Perhaps the most extraordinary thing though was the participants, who came hungry and thirsty for God and ready to worship Jesus. They came from every corner of the country, all ages and stages of faith from every kind of Christian background. Out of nearly 300 attendees, I probably knew less than 40 personally, and it was powerful to witness the mingling of the different streams here in Ireland.
The prayer ministry team was overwhelmed by the number of women coming for prayer, as many women were deeply touched by the Holy Spirit, some finding a living relationship with Jesus for the first time. There was physical healing too, when we prayed with each other in response to a word of knowledge from Steph about healing for hips and knees, and a baby called Jasmine, who had hip dysplasia. Afterwards a lady came over to tell me she could kneel for the first time in years, and showed me a photo on her phone of her step-granddaughter baby Jasmine with her hips in casts for dysplasia! A few weeks later, another girl told me she’d been healed of blindness in her right eye. Astonishing! How great is our God?
And just as wonderful was the generosity of all who came – 27 children were sponsored with Compassion Ireland, Sophia Barrett’s book, STAY - The Power of Meditating in God's Presence was sold out by lunchtime, Footprints bookstall did a brisk trade, and still Fearless women gave an abundant closing offering as starting funds for Fearless 2019.
And so, as you can imagine, we can’t wait to do it all again! The feedback told us that everyone wanted MORE, so Fearless 2019 is going to be longer, held over two days in October, Friday 11th to Saturday 12th, back at the Helix Theatre.
Living Hope is our theme for Fearless 2019, and just like it says in Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are expecting more good things from the Lord to strengthen and encourage women of faith from all over the country.
We are very excited to have recording artist Philippa Hanna leading worship for us this time, and we’re busy confirming the rest of the speakers right now. Having seen how God surprised us last year, we are trusting God for ever more grace to reach ever more women across the generations. God is so GOOD! We are fearless because He is faithful.