‘Thus far the Lord has helped us’ were the words said by Samuel and again repeated by ‘His Will Women’s Movement’ as they hosted their ‘Retreat and Ebenezer conference this weekend. This women’s movement is no stranger to being used by God to refresh the broken hearted and weak in Spirit. On the 24th of November, the ministry hosted a conference to thank God for walking with them throughout the year. Those present held the same sentiments of gratitude, agreeing that if it wasn’t for God many of them would have perished with the storms that came with 2018.
The year saw the movement host a series of godly gatherings, firstly a prayer conference where they also celebrated one year in ministry;secondly a mother and daughter picnic was held at the Botanical Gardens;thirdly a Women’s conference was held where God called a for a ‘major service’ of all women and lastly the Retreat and Ebenezer conference was held. All conferences were held at the ‘African Enterprise’ in Pietermaritzburg. The ministry is comprised of women from different denominations who are seeking God to intervene in their lives.
Guests were treated to welcome drinks and eats and then the conference commenced. Upon stating the theme of the conference, an explanation was given as to why ladies had to -at this time of year- retreat and also give thanks to God. “To retreat is an act of moving back or withdrawing, it doesn’t mean you have given up, it just means you have taken time to gather yourself and strength” explained Mrs Ncube who addressed the guests about the purpose of the day. This was a time for ladies to reflect on the year thus far and gain strength to finish strong. A few ladies were then given an opportunity to give testimonies of what God has done for them.
The founders of the ministry, Mrs Sibahle Makhaye and Mrs Phili Mosoeu, began the retreat session. Mosoeu began by reading Deuteronomy 8, which spoke of how God provided for the Isrealities even though they were in the wilderness; stressing the point that even though 2018 may have been difficult for some but God gave them strength to pull through. Guests were asked to go outdoors with a pen and paper, reflecting on all difficulties and their wilderness they have faced this year.
After some time, everyone came back and the papers were folded and placed in a basket. Each guest was then requested to pick randomly from the basket, and everyone got a chance to read the anonymously written letters. The papers were then taken and burnt and the ashes were scattered in a nearby waterfall. ‘God said torn paper can be recycled but burnt paper can’t be recycled, so we burn all these problems away and receive their healing’ said an emotional Makhaye. An alter call was called which saw ladies giving their lives over to God. A delicious lunch was also served.
Ladies were excited about future conferences,
and trusted the Holy Spirit to walk with them as they continue their journey in discovering Jesus as the ultimate God for all.