AHW MINISTRIES NEWSLETTER 

 About His Work with Janet              March 2017   


March Mentoring Madness!
 
    
Winter and spring are busy times in our office as many of you schedule Mentoring Ministry Orientation Coffees and order Mentor and Mentee Handbooks for me to sign and ship out to you. What a blessing knowing these will go to M&M's soon enjoying the blessings of a one-on-one mentoring relationship. I always wonder what God has planned for the women receiving the handbooks.

Then there are so many of you starting new Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministries in your churches! In Titus 2:3:5, Paul wrote to the young pastor Titus during pagan times, not too different from the secular culture we live in today. Women are trying to find their way in an uncertain world that tries to pull them away from the Bible, the only source of Truth and hope--Jesus Christ and His Word. This is not the time for Christian women to take a break from mentoring in their personal lives and in their churches. This is our moment to shine as Christian lights and beacons in a dark world. To show the way for the next generation, easily led astray by false teachers and causes.

March has also included the exciting, and nerve-wracking, experience of picking the cover for the September release of Mentoring for All Seasons: Sharing Life's Experiences and God's Faithfulness. You're going to LOVE the cover, and I can't wait to share this book with you later in the year because it will be a tool to help every woman mentor and every tween, teen, millennial, and woman find a mentor!

Also see in Grammie's Corner below, the fun that I've had mentoring my granddaughters and their friends via SKYPE.

I would love to hear your mentoring stories to share with other churches in this newsletter. What's going on in your mentoring ministries? I was so blessed to hear of a Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry in its sixteenth year! Wow!

Also, if you've been thinking of sending me a story of how God strengthened, encouraged, and inspired you to do something you never thought you could do, but with God's help you did it . . . I would love to receive that story for my next book. I've had some health issues that have slowed down the writing, so I'm still receiving stories. Please send to
ahw@sbcglobal.net to inspire other women that they can do all things through Christ who strengthens them. 
 
About His Work,
Janet
 

PS: Starting to write Get Your Brave On, but could still use stories of God asking you to be brave or a time when you couldn't have been brave without God's help. Contact me for more information. I'd love to hear your story!

PSS: Remember ALL
Woman to Woman Mentoring Resources are now available only at our website shop Books always personally signed by Janet. Be sure to order your Mentor and Mentee Handbooks in time for me to sign each one!
What Does the Bible Say to Women Who Don't Show Up?
PSSSS: Read the
Author Interview with
Melissa Spoelstra about her book, Total Family Makeover, and a chance to win a free copy.  
 
   
FEATURED BOOK OF THE MONTH

Face-to-Face Bible Study  
Sampler Package
Face-to-Face 1
 $8.99ea or all Seven Bible studies for $52.00
      
I've noticed a number of Sampler Packages going out the door this past month, which signals research for Spring and Summer Bible study groups. The Sampler Package allows you to peruse each of the seven Face-to-Face Bible Studies to determine which one would be best for your group.

Each study is five weeks, perfect for spring or summer, and includes a Leaders Guide.

Studies also designed for use by Mentors and Mentees in their Mentoring relationships. Have some on hand for your Orientation Coffees and Kickoff Nights so the M&M's can get started right away.
       
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This Months featured
Woman To Woman Mentoring Ministry Testimony 

Hi Janet,
 
Just wanted to let you know in April we will be having our 18th Mentoring Ministry Event, 16 years and counting. We are PRAISING THE LORD!!
 
God Bless You,
Peggy 
 
  
               Mentoring Tip            
Consider how technology can further
       your mentoring outreach.
      
 
grammie  
   "GRAMMIE'S CORNER"    

SKYPE Mentoring      
          
My two granddaughters, ages 8 and 11, and I've been doing my Face-to-Face with Mary and Martha Bible study via SKYPE on Sunday afternoons. We open in prayer, the girls open their Bibles and Bible studies, I open mine, and a way we go. When we finish the study, we do prayer requests and pray for each other. I'm always blessed by how open an honest they are with their prayer requests. Big brother usually stops by to give us his prayer requests and join us in prayer. I try to keep it to an hour so we have time for them to tell me what's been happening in their life.

One week, we had fun with an impromptu skit where the girls acted out trying to put on their new life in Christ over their old life before Christ by putting on new shiny clothes over old shabby clothes.

Last Sunday, they asked if one of the eleven-year-old's friends could join us. At first, I was skeptical, but she was a delight. She brought her Bible and the girls made a copy of the pages we were studying for her to use. She participated and it was fun to see our Bible study group grow, but I don't think we'll be able to fit any more faces on the computer screen unless they set up backrow seating.
   
 
 
  author2Meet An Author
      
  Total Family Makover


God doesn't demand parents raise perfect children; He calls for faithfulness to Him. Christian parents are instructed to train and lead their children to Jesus, but kids are not a parenting report card. That truth can give the freedom to parent with love and patience, trusting God to do the rest. Many parents desire that kind of relationship with their children, but don't know where to begin. In Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home
(Abingdon Press), Melissa Spoelstra gives parents practical, easy-to-follow steps to help disciple their children to be true Jesus followers. 
 
 
What makes Total Family Makeover unique from other parenting books on the market?
 
It gives parents a place to start and a track to run on when it comes to discipling their children. Each step builds on the previous one as parents find practical tools they can implement in their own families right away. The Total Family Makeover isn't focused on getting kids to respond; rather it's a challenge for parents to be intentional in showing their children what it looks like to follow Jesus. All too often, parents view their kids' behavior as a report card. When their kids get awards or make good decisions, they feel like A+ parents. When their children get in trouble or struggle with moral issues, they see a big red F at the top of the page.
 
Many times parents expend more energy and effort in planning birthday parties and vacations than they do making plans to teach their children to pray, read the Bible, serve, etc. The Total Family Makeover gives parents encouragement from Scripture and practical tools to make small changes that will bring lasting spiritual impact in their families.
 
You talk about the book giving parents a track to run on. Explain what you mean by that.
 
Throughout the years while looking for guidance and ideas, I've read many parenting books. At times the many concepts and good ideas overwhelmed me or made me feel defeated. Total Family Makeover offers simple, easy-to-implement steps that give parents a place to start and a track to run on. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by all they need to "do" to accomplish all aspects of discipleship at once, parents can find a starting point and follow practical ideas one at a time. For example, a reader can start with teaching his or her child about prayer and then move on to a next step of sharing truths he or she is learning from the Bible. Small changes yield big results throughout time, leading to a total family makeover! 
 
What can we expect to find in Total Family Makeover that will help parents practically?
 
In John 14:23, "Jesus replied, 'All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.'" God wants to make His home with us. He wants us to know Him and have a rich relationship with us. Yet for our very concrete-thinking children, the concept of knowing a God we can't see or touch can be tough to understand. To help guide them practically, we will want to define which practices and spiritual disciplines will help them down the path of loving God.
 
While no perfect formula exists, I've found great success in other areas of life through having a place to start and a track to run on. This book will provide a road map and hands-on activities parents can implement right away. Each step builds on the other. After learning to pray and read God's Word, your child has a resource to use in identifying mentors. With a mentor, our children have others they can talk to about where to serve and more.
   
To learn more about Melissa, her books and her writing/speaking ministry visit her website.

If you would like to enter a drawing to win a copy of Melissa's book Total Family Makeover,
please contact me.
 
 
About His Work,
Janet
 
  
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