I'm in the process of sending out donation letters for 2016. In them, I am including a summary of ministry fruit and thought I'd include the same content in this week's blog. He deserves the glory!
Know that God worked through you in any financial support, words of encouragement, participation as a reader or in an event, and in any form of prayer for this ministry. These means helped sustain and advance initial ministry activities for which I am truly thankful and humbled! They were also evidence that God is directing the mission of Into the Waters.
The mission of Into the Waters Ministry, Inc. is to inspire people to linger longer with God in prayer, resourcing the earnest to draw near and know Christ.
Towards that mission, in 2016:
Over 87% of attendants stated they were extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their prayer experience! They gave excellent feedback via survey and email responses, making it clear that the Holy Spirit ministered deeply to individuals in the sessions. The Word of God renewed minds with scriptural truth. People heard from God. Many processed and confessed weaknesses, releasing burdens. About 30% asked for personal prayer. Overall it was clear God’s presence was the reason this ministry touched people! All glory to God!
Already in 2017, 3 sessions have been held. Two of the 3 sessions have been private sessions using Psalm 23, with 12 people in attendance within those 2 private groups.
2017’s main focus will be on expanding reach through private small group sessions instead of community sessions. The community sessions were very helpful in introducing the mission of the ministry, testing and revising format, giving people an initial experience of biblical meditation, and opening doors for invitations into private group settings. New people are being reached as group leaders invite Into the Waters into their settings. This shift of going out will also enable the ministry to do some outreach to local organizations as the LORD leads and opens those doors. Visit the "Invite Me In" page to inquire about a private group session for your small group or ministry.
Jesus said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you…”
Into the Waters Ministry is going out to make disciples, Matthew 28:18-20. Using the Word of God as inspiration and with the Holy Spirit’s help, people are lingering longer with God in prayer. They are waiting on His presence, listening for His counsel, wrestling with and confessing weaknesses, carrying burdens to Christ, and drawing nearer to renew their minds in Christ. Is that a ministry that you would continue supporting? If so, please consider becoming a regular partner of the ministry and support the LORD’s heart that his house be a house of prayer, that people would humble themselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from their own way to His way. If we do, He will hear, forgive, and heal, 2 Chronicles 7:14.
With additional donations, the ministry would like to focus on developing downloadable resources and printable resources for individual’s private prayer closets and for use in small group settings. Thank you for any donation that contributes to our prayer equipping and resourcing mission! Visit the donation page to donate- www.intothewaters.com/donate.
Thank you so much for your readership and support! May 2017 be a year you seek His face like never before! As 2017 begins, consider a fast. Forget what is behind and go forward in His grace and life! Below you will find a document to guide you in fasting from leaven, a symbolic object of flesh life.
Live in the life of His Spirit!
Servant of the Good Shepherd
Into the Waters Ministry, Inc.
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Hi my name is Gina; and I'm the founder of the ministry. My 25 year journey with God has been centered on immersing myself in the safe relationship God offers, learning about the power of surrender, and praying for His life in greater measure!