Monday, June 2, 2014

Woman at the Well Weekend

The sisters (and some interested friends/family) in South Africa have much reason to celebrate - this year we hosted our 10th Women at the Well Weekend Gathering! And, true to tradition, Women at the Well 2014 was filled to the brim with incredible fellowship & insightful studies. I believe I speak for all who attended when I say we returned home spiritually refreshed & energized. (Physically energized... not so much - thanks to all the late night chatting!)

The venue was perfectly suited to hosting a women's retreat - it was beautiful & full of interesting odds & ends to explore. Most of the rooms were grouped together in houses which meant nobody felt isolated. 

The entrance to the Purple House - 
our venue for Women at the Well 2014.

We were surrounded by the beauty of God's creation at all times.
Each morning started and optional devotional and coffee where we explored practical ways to prioritize your life according to God's purpose.
All the early-birds at the morning devotional.
Our studies, led by sister Hannah Fadelle from the USA, were centered around the theme of "Fearing God vs Fearing Man". Sister Hannah's unique and invigorating teaching style and "facilitated discussions" class format made for meaningful, thought-provoking and (hopefully) action-inducing studies.
Sister Leona Scheepers providing feedback from her groups discussion. 
Many thanks to our "band" for leading the musical worship at the camp. 
We managed to fit in a lot of fun & fellowship during the little  
"free time" we had! Not unexpectedly there was a lot of chatting going on!
Enjoying the sun during a quick tea break.
We were blessed with warm weather and could enjoy lunch outside.
Every women under her own palm tree? There are three different ecclesias represented in this photo - meeting together is one of the reasons this camp is so special! 
Lots of informal discussions happening.
Sister Liezl Viljoen organized a craft activity for those of us feeling creative. We decoratively painted glass bottles with blackboard paint - these can be used as vases or for storage and you can write special words on them.  
Time to get creative! 
Sister Jennifer Onwordi with her completed project. 
More of the sisters showing off their work.
Our second evening was spent at play - we played a biblical version of "Cranium" - where you have to either draw (with your eyes closed), act, sing or spell certain words/events from the bible. 
Sister Karen Scheepers drawing a bible event for her team to guess.
It was a very memorable weekend with our beloved sisters, and we look forward to (in the event of Christ not returning) meeting together again next year! 
With love in Christ
The Gauteng Sisters

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