My name is Betty Young and I have been a member of the English congregation for 38 years. I am married to Sam and together we raised 4 children. They are all married now and live in various places—San Francisco, Los Angeles and Houston, Texas.
Long, long ago, before some of you were born, I was in college. I learned about the four stages of a woman’s life. They are: childhood, maidenhood (I know that this word dates me), motherhood and the last stage which starts at age 50 was called the age of the crone. I googled “crone.” It means a withered witchlike old woman. Since I am way past 50, I stand before you—a withered witchlike old woman. Read more
A magnificent view of towering redwood trees, fresh air, blue sky, and beautiful weather welcomed us into a weekend of rest. One hundred women were able to partake in delicious food, plentiful spread of snacks, wonderful worship, powerful teaching of the word of God, and much more. We were touched and transformed by the testimonies of sisters who shared their life struggles openly and transparently. Sharing our pain, sorrow, condemnation, and shame broke the lies of the enemy and ultimately pointed us back to triumphant victory in Jesus. We were invited to pour out the darkness inside our lives on the altar so that the Holy Spirit can fill us. The retreat was just the beginning in the Lord’s deep healing work. We leave the weekend full of his grace and goodness, holding on to his healing with confidence and expectation for more of his work as we walk together in this journey of faith.
As you would have heard by now, many places in Santa Rosa and Napa are being swallowed up by several wildfires. More than 10 people have been killed, and about 20,000 people have been evacuated from the area. Among them are many of our Alliance church family.
I just got the news from our district that two of our church planters that we work closely with lost their homes. One of them is Jon Maves who has always worked with our church to host our retreats at Alliance Redwood Camp Ground.
This is a serious time and God is calling our attention almost on a weekly basis. Starting with Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Maria, fires in LA, CO, OR, then Las Vegas last week, followed by this raging fire…. As I was typing this email, I just felt the ground of San Jose shaking with another earthquake.
Will you please gather your children, friends, and family to pray? Especially,
tomorrow night as you gather to build your family altar, this is a good time to talk with your children about the recent events, not to scare them, but to remind them of our need of God’s mercy. Pray for a spiritual awakening in our nation.