Body, soul and spirit for women

Encouraging women

2000. Aglow New Zealand encourages women to become whole in body, soul, and spirit in an age where it can be fashionable to focus on form rather than content.

To further booster women’s morale, Aglow New Zealand is having its National Convention scheduled for May 2 to fifth at El Rancho camp, Waikanae, with keynote speaker from Sweden Reverend Margareta Mahl encouraging women from all around New Zealand and the Pacific.

Reverend Mahl serves as one of two women on the panel of international advisers and has been National President of Sweden. She is an international speaker who’s prophetic and teaching ministry has taken her to twenty-two nations.

Aglow began in the United States in 1967 and in New Zealand in 1974. The first fellowship was established in Blenheim under the leadership of Mrs Rita Restall. The name Aglow is derived from the Amplified version of the book of Romans chapter 12 verse 11: “Be aglow and burning with the Spirit.”

Aglow is a parachurch group that has a five-fold focus: Evangelism, cross cultural outreach, relationship, reconciliation between gender, race and denomination, and prayer. They participate in visiting rest homes, prisons, hold care and share groups and held a one-day outreach where they touched the community by practical means, being a tangible expression of love.

Janet Robertson, National President of Aglow became involved with the ministry in 1977 and became its New Zealand President in 1989. She is currently serving on the International Board of Directors. Aglow now ministers in 145 countries.

“Aglow is an organization of renewed Christian women, who are committed to Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord,” says Janet. Aglow holds monthly fellowship meetings where “women from all backgrounds and denominations come together to worship God, to praise Him, and to share the Lord Jesus Christ and what he means to them.”

One woman who went to an Aglow meeting experienced a release from parental rejection and childhood repression of emotions.

“I have always struggled relating to people. Now it’s just as if a veil has been taken off my face,” she says. “I can see now that the underlying rejection was preventing me from being truly open to others.”

Another woman was healed of dyslexia at a renewal meeting. When she was given a Bible to read, “Wonder of wonders,” she says, “I could read it all, even the words of more than a few letters, big words and difficult words.”

By Peter Veugelaers.

Published 2000, Challenge Weekly

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