“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8
We are certainly praising the Lord for all that He did not only this past Friday at the Forum on Fatherlessness but also throughout the weekend.
I want to thank each of you who took the time out of busy schedules to be there, to pray together, to learn together, and to be an amazing encouragement simply by your presence. I am so grateful for all those who traveled so far to come, including our speakers. You may never know how much joy it brought to my heart to see fifteen people spontaneously go to prayer Thursday night, to see people arriving an hour early Friday morning and fellowshipping until we were all ready to drop.
Only the Lord knows the full extent of work that was done for eternity on Friday. I have heard a few stories of how it touched hearts and how timely it was for certain situations in individual lives. Most of those things were shared in private, and I do not have permission to share them publicly, but I have had several people tell me that they came away encouraged, challenged, inspired and even revived. Pastor Spilger, one of our speakers for the day, sent me the following message,
“Rachel, Thank you for letting me be a part of your first Forum on Fatherlessness. It far exceeded my expectations. God did a mighty work. The need for this ministry is so great, not just in Billings, MT but all across this nation. We pray that God will continue to lead you and bless this ministry. We are also praying that God will help each of us who attended the forum to take the steps to minister to the fatherless and widows in our communities.”
This is the first next step for all of us—prayer. Even if you weren’t able to attend, you can pray with those who were there. An enormous amount of information was shared on Friday, and it takes time to filter that information through life and ministry into practical action. Prayer and the Word of God are the best filters!
Over the next week or so, we’ll be working to post the recordings of the sessions online. I will let everyone know when they are available. We are already making plans for another meeting next year as well as setting things up for the in-between time. For now, I would love to share some special moments with you from the day. Here are a few pictures (below), but to get a really good idea of how the day went, please click here. If you haven’t already joined our Facebook group, please do. It is the perfect place to share what God is doing in your ministry to the fatherless or to simply ask for prayer as you take steps forward.