MWI President

January Thoughts

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind”, C S Lewis

God Matters in a New Year

As I write this month’s article at the end of November, I have just come off zoom after sharing with approximately seventy-five people from all over our Island as we met together in a Connexional Prayer Meeting.  What a joy it was to share in prayer with folk that I knew but many I did not know personally.  To feel the bond we have in Christ when we shared in prayer for all aspects of how the Coronavirus has impacted all of our lives and many in very significant ways.  To also pray globally for the World Church, especially Ghana, Togo and Poland in the situations they are facing.  We are reminded that God so loved the world, that he is concerned for all his children wherever we dwell.   We see in scripture to bring all our concerns to God in prayer.  Phillippians 4 v 6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our request be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  As we lifted our concerns, requests and thanks to God in our Connexional Prayer meeting we know that God will answer according to his will. 
My theme for my term is “God Matters”!  In these last nine months I am more convinced that God Matters in this unprecedented time.  Therefore, as we have entered a New Year, we have every confidence that God is with us as we move forward as God’s people seeking His wisdom and guidance for the way ahead in our MWI branches, Districts, our Churches and helping our Communities to Know Christ and to make Him known.   In our first Lockdown we set aside time each evening to pray, may I suggest we take up this mantle again and unite in prayer each evening between 7 and 8 pm.  Even if you can give 15 minutes during that hour, would be fantastic.  We know that prayer changes things and having concentrated prayer is a powerful thing!
I quoted C S Lewis at the start of this article and we know that this stressful unprecedented time will pass, and we have greater hope now in the release of a vaccine coming and we will be able to look forward to better days. 

I am continually grateful for the following:
•    Executive meeting on zoom to enable us to keep the interests of MWI at the forefront.  Needs we have discussed recently on our Executive are for the following positions: General Secretary and a Media Secretary as soon as possible. Also, the North Eastern District needs a District Secretary. Please pray and think of ladies that could use their skills to fulfil these positions.   
•    District Officers setting up zoom meetings to keep MWI connected to each other.  For other ways they keep in touch with our branches.
•    Branch Treasurers who have sent monies into their District Treasurer which is not an easy task with branches not meeting. 
•    I am grateful for your prayers and I value your support in praying again each evening for the way forward for us all.  

Some suggestions for prayer: For those grieving, for the sick, for the lonely, for children and young people, for Principals and teachers, for business owners, especially those who have no income due to the various lockdowns, for our churches in finding ways to reach out to their members and organisations, as we continue to live through Covid-19.  


I have listened recently to a song by Keith and Kristyn Getty which I have found the words of the first verse and chorus to be encouraging. 
“When I feel my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast;/ When the tempter would prevail,/He will hold me fast./I could never keep my hold through life’s fearful path;/For my love is often cold;/He must hold me fast./He will hold me fast,/He will hold me fast;/For my Saviour loves me so,/He will hold me fast.”

Through all our doubts and struggles Christ will hold us fast. 
Psalm 27 v 1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”  God still Matters – let Methodist Women in Ireland unite in prayer each evening between 7 and 8 pm.


Joan Strong
All-Ireland MWI President

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