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Apr28FriApril 28, 2017 by TWR Canada Women's Ministry Team
Many ladies live in families and communities where there are few women available to help them understand the Bible and learn how to live the Christian life. Some also have no one to talk with about skills such as preparing healthy meals, understanding medical issues, improving relationships, or managing finances. Much as Paul asked how people will hear the gospel if there are no preachers, we might ask on these ladies’ behalf, “How can they learn without a teacher?” Women need mentors to encourage them to keep learning and to inspire them to reach their highest potential for God’s glory.
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Women mentors want to share their love for cooking, writing, or leading as well as other skills, knowledge, and experience that they have gained in life. Women mentees are eager to learn from others. All people can share their knowledge. Age isn’t a factor. No one is ever too old or too young to learn or to teach. Learning and applying new information, skills, and ideas help us mature. No one person can teach us everything we need to learn in the many areas of our lives, so it is wise to look for several mentors willing to coach us in specific aspects.
A mentoring relationship starts with discussing our expectations. What issues do we want to focus on (personal, family, skills, theology, leadership, prayer)? How often do we want to meet and in what type of surroundings (an office, home, public place – perhaps even outdoors)? What type of communication (listening, lecturing, demonstrating, or some combination) works best for us? Some mentees need someone to listen to their struggles and help them discover solutions.
Mentoring relationships involve commitment, which enables us to help each other honour God in all areas of our lives.
Please pray for …1. Women to be available to listen to others, share their experiences, and help others find solutions to the challenges they face.
2. Mentors to help women – many of whom feel that family members, co-workers, and neighbours judge them and see them as failures – to realize that their true joy and worth is found in God, who loves and cherishes them.
3. Mentors who listen to others express their needs and strive to help them reach their highest potential.
4. Mentors to enable women to build on what they already know, grow in their understanding of who God is, and practice following the examples Jesus modeled.
5. Caring women in Africa who counsel and encourage others in need of hope and healing after having experienced abandonment, divorce, abortion, rape, or other trauma.
6. Women to receive culturally sensitive service that provides safe, objective support from mentors who understand their unique challenges and can help create appropriate action steps.
7. Mentors to help others learn to set goals and create habits that help shape their hearts, minds, and bodies to honour God in all they do.
8. Mentors helping women understand proper nutrition, healthy living habits, and other practical daily-life issues.
9. Women in Asia to be willing to offer Christ-centered love and hope to broken women around them.
10. Women to allow their struggles to become opportunities for God to work in their lives. This will make them more like Christ so that he can then use what they learn from these difficult experiences to help others who are suffering.
11. Mentors to help women suffering domestic violence and abuse find the help they need from organizations prepared to protect and provide resources to these women.
12. Women to provide one another with support and advice that helps them to learn from their mistakes, builds up their courage, and inspires them to thrive.
13. Mothers to find mentors to help them understand the needs of children at different stages of development.
14. Mothers to mentor their children and model before them love for and dependence on God. “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19).
15. Mothers to fulfill their responsibility to help children understand how to make wise choices and the importance of treating others with respect.
16. Mentors to give their mentees the freedom to talk about themselves and their own experiences as they evaluate their attitudes and actions and prepare for the next challenge.
17. Women to see challenges as an opportunity to learn to be strong in the Lord and then to model that strength for their children.
18. Mentors to help women grow in their relationship with Jesus and to help them develop steps for practicing integrity and respect in their daily lives.
19. Mentors helping women develop financial plans focused on earning and managing money to provide for their needs and to save a portion to meet their health, education, and career goals.
20. Women to remain robust and resilient, no matter what their circumstances. (See Habakkuk 3:17-19.)
21. Women in Europe to build relationships to help others to become all that God intended them to be.
22. Mentors to be committed to the personal and spiritual growth of others by showing patience, inspiration, encouragement, and generosity.
23. Mentors to know their limitations and be humble enough to talk about them, modeling the way while pointing others to Jesus as their ultimate mentor. “You are a letter from Christ … written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Corinthians 3:3).
24. Women in the Americas to help young women set goals and find friends who will hold them accountable so that they can live healthy lives and resist temptations that lead to destruction.
25. Women to participate in small groups to learn from one another how to apply God’s principles in their daily lives.
26. Women to find others who like to do the things they enjoy (such as walking, reading, singing, or cooking) and plan to meet and build relationships that inspire one another to live lives honouring God in everything they do.
27. Women to provide a safe place for children to play and learn together while the adults model the joy of the Lord and patiently show them how to treat one another.
28. Career women to graciously show other women how to succeed in the workplace and urge them on to excellence.
29. Teenagers to find role models who inspire them to live moral, healthy lives that honour God and open up opportunities to better their lives.
30. Women to find mentors who can cheer them on, connect them with others or with trustworthy information sources, coach them in preparing for life, and challenge them to keep learning.
31. Women to find spiritual mentors who will inspire them to learn God’s Word, spend time with him in prayer, and teach others to become Christ followers.