Women challenged to seek ‘More’ from God

“Let God speak to you and let Him be your ‘More,’” Mari Parker said during the opening worship session of Wonderful Weekend for Women 2014.

A capacity crowd of women gathered Sept. 12-13 at Webster Conference Center, Salina, for the annual KNCSB women’s retreat. “More” was the retreat theme based on Ephesians 3:20-21.

During the retreat the women learned how God can be their “More” during times of joy and pain. They were challenged to live pure lives and put their faith into action.

The featured speaker, Angie Smith, began by telling the story of how she and her husband, Todd, lost their fourth daughter, Audrey Caroline in 2008.

“This is not a platform I want to have. This is not a story I want to share,” Smith told the women.

Audrey had numerous birth defects, and Smith and her husband were advised to end the pregnancy. But they chose to carry her to term. Audrey was born on April 7, 2008, and lived two hours.

Smith asked the women to stand if they had lost a child in some manner, and nearly half of the audience stood.

“[God] is more than your circumstances. I truly believe that Jesus Christ is the hope that redeems those tears,” Smith told the women.

The women also were challenged to respond to God’s call. Helmer and Shannon Jensen, featured missionaries for the retreat, told how God called them to leave their comfortable lifestyle in the United States and go to the mission field. The Jensens serve in sub-Saharan Africa.

Shannon Jensen asked the women, “Are you willing to do whatever God asks?”

WWW participants had the opportunity to give money for numerous special causes: the women’s ministry at Set Free Church in Omaha; the dining hall addition at Webster Conference; and the MK (Missionary Kid) Re-Entry Retreat that KNCSB will host in 2016.

The women got to see how the money they gave can make a difference.
Three women from Set Free Church, Omaha, gave their testimonies during the Friday night session.

The MK Re-Entry Retreat is aimed at children of missionaries who are coming to the United States to enter college. KNCSB hosted its first MK Re-Entry Retreat in 2004.

Dirt work was underway on the WCC dining hall addition as WWW was taking place. The addition will increase seating capacity and allow large groups, such as WWW, to eat at the same time.

“You are one of the reasons we need to build,” Terry McIlvain told the women.

Webster Conference Center needs to raise $300,000 in order to obtain a $100,000 grant from the Mabee Foundation.

“As you have in the past, would you help us now?” McIlvain asked the women.

Contributions should be made out to Webster Conference Center and designated for “Dining Hall addition.” Mail them to KNCSB, 5410 SW 7th St., Topeka, KS 66606.

The women were urged to put WWW 2015 on their calendars and start making plans to attend. WWW 2015 will be held Sept. 11-12 at Webster Conference Center.

Sophie Hudson will be the featured speaker. She is known as the blogger BooMama. Visit her blog

Hudson’s first book was “A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon.” It was published in June 2013.

Her new book will be released in February 2015. Its title is “Home is Where My People Are—The Roads that Lead Us to Where We Belong.”