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Inspire challenges Arkansas women to ‘live redeemed’

Inspire challenges Arkansas women to ‘live redeemed’

Mar 22, 2018

Margaret Colson
Arkansas Baptist News

CONWAY – About 650 women from across Arkansas were challenged to “live redeemed” at the fifth annual Inspire women’s conference held March 10 at Central Baptist Church in Conway.

“Inspire 2018 was a special day for the women of Arkansas,” said Andrea Lennon, women’s ministry specialist for the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC), and member of the ABSC’s evangelism and church health team.

“We looked at the topic of redemption and learned how to live redeemed in every area of our lives. The women were encouraged to pursue a thriving love relationship with Jesus that is full, free and abundant. One theme came up over and over again: Know your redemption story and boldly share it!” she said.

Keynote speaker Marian Jordan Ellis focused on the conference theme, Redeemed, and the key biblical passage, Matthew 7:24-27, saying, “The storms of life are going to come, and the enemy is going to come after you, but he doesn’t have to knock you down! Stand on Jesus, the Solid Rock!”

Some participants attended Inspire for the first time this year, while others have been attending Inspire since its launch in 2014. Whether a first-time attendee or an “every-time” attendee, participants shared enthusiasm and gratefulness for the annual event.

Attendee Amy Daniel from First Baptist Church, Booneville, said, “Inspire leads women to be real, transparent and up-front with their faith. It challenges women to dig deeper into the Word and encourages real, God-centered friendships.”

Virginia Benton from Second Baptist Church, Conway, agreed, saying, “I love seeing women take time out of their crazy schedules to come together to sing, fellowship and praise the Lord. This year Inspire featured powerful redemption stories. I listened as the speakers laid out their brokenness before all and shared how God took their lives, their pains, their mistakes and sins and wrapped them in the redeeming robe of His righteousness. As only He can, He took the ugly and made it beautiful. Every year, I think Inspire gets better and better, and I can’t wait for next year!”

In addition to hearing from Ellis, participants were led in worship by Cory and Stephanie Epps, from First Baptist Church, Benton, and attended a variety of practical breakout sessions.

Each year, Inspire participants focus on a ministry project, bringing items to support a specific ministry. This year’s focus was on Conway Ministry Center, with the center’s director, Spring Hunter, sharing her redemption story during the conference.

The annual ministry project “offers a great way for the women of Arkansas to love on and support a ministry that is seeking to meet tangible needs as well as spiritual needs in the lives of others,” said Lennon.

Members of the Inspire leadership team are: Amy Daniel, First Baptist Church, Booneville; Shari Edwards, Park Hill Baptist Church, North Little Rock; Sally Hennard, First Baptist Church, De Queen; Jennifer Jasper, First Baptist Church, Dumas; Laurie Orman, First Baptist Church, Bentonville; Ann Rice, First Baptist Church, Little Rock; Lisa Jones, Beech Street First Baptist Church, Texarkana; Betsy Stivers, Walnut Street Baptist Church, Jonesboro, and Shelly Chandler, Central Baptist Church, Conway.
Inspire 2019 is scheduled for March 9 at First Baptist Church, Russellville.

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