Monday, September 29, 2014

A Weekend of Ministry

For a number of months, a group of women were preparing for a ministry for women whose lives have been impacted by prison. This is Kairos Outside.

I believe I've shared the meaning before, nonetheless, here is is again:
Kairos (καιρός) is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens. What is happening when referring to kairos depends on who is using the word. While chronos is quantitative, kairos has a qualitative, permanent nature. Kairos also means weather in both ancient and modern Greek. The plural, καιροί (kairoi (Ancient Gk. and Mod. Gk.)) means the timesFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
This past weekend was the event. It is like a weekend seminar AND a sleep over. All the meals are provide, as well as transportation should it be required. The attending women are loved on, ministered to and listen to a number of talks that are intentionally presented in a specific order. They also have projects to complete - posters to make, writings, coloring, drawing.

Every aspect of the weekend it well thought out and deliberate in its progression. But always, we listen for and respond to the Holy Spirit. Confidentiality is a must and listening skills are honed during our months long preparation.

I was asked to participate this year, as a speaker. I was humbled beyond compare. Then when the topic was given to me - I knew beyond a shadow it was God ordained. I was to speak on anger - a topic I know only too well!

We met twenty-two women this weekend. We met them at their need and were able to minister to them, and ourselves in the process. We have begun the process of forming lifetime friendships and relationships that are faith based and grounded in love and community.

I have been so blessed and humbled to participate in this ministry!

Wishing you everyday grace,

Tamara

P.S.
Psalm 68:6 (NIV) 
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.