For me, the word Sisterhood immediately takes me back to 2005 when I came to know Jesus for the very first time. I walked into Sisterhood in Sydney Australia, (then called ‘Hillsong Women’) broken and lost, and came out completely changed. Sisterhood was the beginning of my new life knowing and believing how loved I was.
So now 12 years later, being part of Sisterhood in South Africa and recently going to Kenya for our first ever Sisterhood, is nothing short of miraculous. Watching women stream in on a beautiful Saturday morning in Nairobi as they were greeted with genuine love and smiles from our lovely male volunteers (dressed in their best) and also being pampered and valued, showed the very heart of Sisterhood. A highlight for our team was when we got to bless over 3000 Kenyan women with hand-written cards from the Sisterhood in South Africa to express hope and love into their hearts.
Jesus wanted to do something new that day in women’s lives, just like he did for me. I needed to know how loved I was and that God could take me out of my brokenness. I needed to be part of something bigger than my life.
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him”. Psalm 40:1-3
From that very first day, I learned that Sisterhood is a message of value and a desire to unite around a cause and bring hope to others. I learned what it meant to be outward focused rather than always looking inward at things that didn’t help my life to move forward.
I am thankful that I am part of a local and global Sisterhood that does not merely listen to the word, but act on it. While in Kenya we also got to love on women in a rural prison. We got to massage the women’s weary shoulders, bless them with toiletries and lovely underwear and most importantly sit and talk. As only Jesus can do, we left more blessed than we arrived.
“This is God’s word, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”. Jeremiah 29:10-11
So if you’re reading this and thinking how could your life possibly make a difference, I want to tell you, no matter where you’ve been or how your life looks, God wants to do something brand new and he allows you and me and thousands of everyday women around the world to do it together.