One-Day Retreat Encourages Women

by Jay Wintermeyer, May 10, 2018

What do you get when you mix sugar and God? It may not be what you think?

What do you get when you mix sugar and God? It’s not every day you get a health professional using sugar to further ministry and outreach, but that’s just one of the compelling stories shared at this year’s Women’s One Day Spring Retreat that took place at the Upper Columbia Conference office in Spokane, Washington May 5, 2018. 

The event featured local and national speakers who shared ways God has worked with the tapestry of their life and proved Himself faithful.  

One such story began with a Facebook post that said, “Pray for Phil.”  Lindsay Burman, a stay-at-home mother and business owner from Chehalis, Washington, shared how a tragedy and personal loss spurred her to do more for others. 

A close friend and classmate of hers returned from military service in Iraq. Phil became a photojournalist and eventually found work in the Philippines. While there he befriended a single mom and her two kids. The mother died and Phil took the kids under his wings and found an orphanage that could provide better care for them. He sponsored the two girls and began visiting and volunteering at the orphanage. The orphanage kids loved Phil.

Then tragedy hit. Phil was attacked and beaten and left for dead. That’s when Lindsay saw the Facebook post asking for prayer. Phil was fighting for his life.  Three days later he died.

Lindsay was crushed. Not only had she lost a dear friend, but her heart went out to the girls of the orphanage who had grown to love Phil.  

“I wanted to do something to help the girls that Phil had sponsored and cared for, but I didn’t know what I could do. That’s when God said, “Cookies.”” 

Lindsay had been making decorated sugar cookies for friends off and on but it was more of a hobby. She made a private deal with God. “I said, “I’ll make cookies but you have to sell them.” The the funny thing with God,” said Lindsay, “When you make a deal with Him, He follows through.”

Cookie order began coming in. Within two years Lindsay had so much business she began turning down orders. God has more than provided a way for her to minister and help those girls that her friend loved and sponsored.”

Lindsay’s story was just one of many through the day that encouraged women in their walk with God. If you haven’t planned for it already, make plans to attend the weekend-long Upper Columbia Women’s retreat at Camp MiVoden, October 26-28, 2018.

Patty Marsh, Upper Columbia Conference Women’s Ministries director, said, “It is truly a blessing to be able to share and encourage one another this way. I pray women will return to their churches and communities energized to continue serving our Savior.”

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