Jul 22, 2019 • Written by Judy Episcopo
Connecting Women for Kingdom Impact
We all want to make a difference in this world, but sometimes we feel so small and insignificant. Here at AAC we want to encourage women that you were indeed created to make an impact.
I want to introduce you to Lori Loux: She is a wife, mother, daughter, friend, neighbor, and she attends AAC. Lori recently joined the AAC staff part time as an administrative assistant with Global Connections.
Her family first started attending AAC in September of 1991. Lori slowly and tentatively began to get involved in women’s Bible studies. Gradually she went from a participant to volunteer to a leader. After moving to Maryland in 2013, they later returned to Appleton.
What changed for you when you got back?
The church and ministries had grown significantly. I was amazed at how many people participated and volunteered in our programs. I saw evidence of spiritual growth and a greater desire to serve the Lord. And I love the new vision statement, “Connecting the world with God and one another.”
How can we as women participate in having a global impact and help to connect the World with God and One Another?
I have learned about two very important opportunities for men and women to get involved in and be a part of God at work around the world.
1) Going on short-term mission trips are life changing for the participant. Your world is expanded, and as you become aware of the needs you become compelled to do something about it whether that be prayer, financial gifts, or acts of service.
2) One of the most important things anyone of us can do is care for our long-term missionaries. You will be seeing more about this as we work to expand our care for our missionaries. We hope to have a team of volunteers who will pray, send care packages, and potentially go on a mission trip with the sole purpose of visiting our missionaries ~ caring for them in the field. We also hope to have professionals who would volunteer their expertise to be able to offer medical, construction, education, and more to meet some of the needs mission workers have with their work on the field.
Lori, I know you have a women’s missions trip to Peru this fall. Would you tell us a little more about it? Will women have future opportunities to go on a mission trip?
I personally am very excited to participate in a women’s mission trip to Lima, Peru this fall with five other AAC women.* We will be working beside the women of our sister church to serve the poor in their community and end the week by participating in their women’s conference. I love the fact that these ministries are the initiatives they oversee, and we are coming along to learn and partner with them. We are making this trip in order to pave the way for future women’s mission trips to Peru as well as look for ways we can bring some of the women to visit us.
Through all these various ways of serving with prayer, giving, and going, it is our hope that there will be strong friendships and relationships between our AAC women and our sister churches in Peru, Burkina Faso, and France. We can never underestimate the impact we can make together.
*Your prayers are appreciated for these women going to Peru in September: