The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 4, 2013

Evangelistic Temple to host free women's conference this weekend

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — As a young 30-something mother and wife, Lauren Chandler has faced trials — especially when her husband was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor three years ago.

Through prayer and faith in God, her husband, Matt Chandler, leading pastor of The Village Church in the Fort Worth area, is now cancer-free.

Chandler will give her testimony in Palestine during Evangelistic Temple’s Faithful Women’s Conference sponsored by the church’s Embrace Women’s Ministry.

The free conference will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“We believe our speaker, Lauren Chandler, has a very important message to bring,” Evangelistic Temple’s Janis Harris told the Herald-Press Tuesday. “She walked a very difficult trail of heartache and trial through the time when her husband was basically given a death sentence.

“They tasted the faithfulness of God in the lowest and darkest of times. She had a lot of faith wrapped up in her husband and God showed her that he will walk in the fire with you and strengthen you.”

Evangelistic Temple’s Embrace Women’s Ministry spokesperson Lori Wolf said the conference is an opportunity for local women to “come set at the feet of Jesus and immerse themselves in His Love.

“He’s there to receive them. We feel like he has something for each one of them and will be using Lauren’s message in a myriad of ways,” Wolf said. “I believe He will  speak to each individual women where they are at and provide them exactly what they need.”

Harris said the message Chandler will be bringing couldn’t be more timely.

“It’s not hard to look around the world — and even in our own community — and see all of the trials, the sickness, financial issues, wayward children, drug and alcohol addition — there is so much heartache,” Harris said. “I believe if women will come and hear the message they will know the only answer is Jesus. He will walk in the fire with us and strengthen us.”

The Embrace Women’s Ministry worship team, led by Jody Barnett, will lead the worship and prayer on both Friday and Saturday.

“Women tend to be so busy worrying about other people, carrying the load themselves,” Harris said. “This will be a time of refreshing in fellowship, in faith and getting us filled up to go again through the Lord, the Holy Spirit, while also giving women an opportunity to get away and be with women going through the same things you are going through.”

The conference is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. A voluntary love offering will be taken.

Information about various ministries the church offers will be available in the foyer.

Evangelistic Temple is located at 3011 N. Loop 256. Women of all denominations  are encouraged to attend the conference.

For more information about the conference, call Wolf at 903-221-3568, Harris at 903-948-5770 or Nima West at 903-391-1092.