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Recognizing the unique sexual and relational struggles faced by women, Living Hope was one of the first ministries in the country to have a women's ministry and soon invest in a full-time women's ministry director. LHM continues to invest in the lives of women under the leadership of Bonnie White, Women's Minister, at our Arlington location and our satellite locations in Denton and Houston.
 

 

 
Sisters for Adversity
by Bonnie White, Women's Minister

Sisters born for adversity
 
The hardships experienced over the past year because of the pandemic have been felt by all, including the women at Living Hope Ministries.   When many of our regular rhythms of meeting together were modified or canceled altogether, the women at Living Hope have continued to gather and support one another.
 
These amazing women have shown up to pray for one another, share their own struggles, and encourage their sisters through whatever struggles they may be experiencing week in and week out regardless of the hard times around them.   God uses their faithfulness to the Lord and to one another to encourage them and help them continue to grow in their identity in Christ.   In these days of adversity, the women of Living Hope have lived out Proverbs 17:17; being friends and sisters to one another.  
 
A friend loves at all times, and a [sister] is born for adversity.  Proverbs 17:17
 
This continued connection and support between women has been largely due to new and previously established uses of technology.  Our women have been able to connect weekly through our Zoom meetings and our online support forums.  Thanks to these wonderful ways of connecting, we have had more women across the globe (yes… globe!!!) join in our discussions and encouragement.  
 
Technology also allowed for several firsts in Women’s Ministry here at Living Hope.  We had our first-ever Zoom mini-retreat for women last spring, focusing on HOPE during tough times.  We even had women joining in from different countries, and it was a great time for women involved in our online forums to meet and provide a space for women to connect when connection was especially hard to come by!
 
Zoom meetings also allowed us to create a time for married women struggling with their sexuality to meet together and discuss their unique struggles.  Several of our married women participants really led the discussion, providing some great insights for the other women and a truly safe time for women to ask questions they could not have asked before.
 
Additionally, technology allowed me to teach my first series through the book of Esther from my “home office.”  It was amazing to be encouraged by this woman of faith during this time.  Esther, too, was isolated from her faith community and family, but God still used her to work His will, and He can do the same through the faithful women here. 
 
Though we are anxious to gather in person again, we are truly grateful for the connections this time has allowed for participants across the world to form. Women from at least 5 different states have been meeting regularly via our Zoom meetings, building face-to-face connections that would not have happened if this time of adversity had not happened.  
 
As we look forward to this next year as the women of Living Hope Ministries, please join us in prayer, asking the Lord to continue to use these forms of technology to connect women who are struggling with their sexuality so they can be faithful, regardless of whatever adversity may come their way.

Bonnie has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University (Gig’em Aggies!) and a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Outside of Living Hope, Bonnie and her husband, Ryan, enjoy serving their church community, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, and spending time with their family and friends especially all those that know them as “Aunt and Uncle”.

Bonnie's journey at Living Hope began in 2009 when she joined the Friends and Family support group as she was navigating a relationship with a family member struggling with their sexuality. Her disarming joy, deep compassion, and rich relationship with Christ guide her as she ministers to women weekly at our in-person meetings and mentors women all over the world through our online support community.
Check out our 100th episode of Hope Cast! Honest conversation about real issues Christians face regarding sexuality, faith, and discipleship.
It is with great sadness, due to COVID restrictions and limited campground availability, we will not be hosting our annual LHM Spring Retreat. Continue to pray for healing of this global pandemic and a time when we can gather again.
Your prayers are vital to the work the Lord is doing at Living Hope Ministries!
Please join us in praying:
  • For our world in a season of uncertainty and fear, people would turn to God and respond to His love and grace.
  • For LHM and ministries like ours around the world, as we navigate growing hostilities towards our ministries and work.  
  • For LHM participants, as they surrender their lives to the Lordship of Christ and identify as His children over their feelings.
  • For LHM staff and leaders to have vision, creativity, clarity, and anointing from God as they continue to pour out their lives to others as they journey together towards Christlikeness. 
Living Hope continues to offer confidential, free, weekly, peer-led, support groups for men, women, friends and family, and wives of men with relational struggles, as well as online support forums. If you are interested in participating in these weekly groups, please contact us to get connected. We would be honored to serve you.
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