Horizon Weekly | 17 August 2021
By Hanna Greenwood
“For we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20)
This was our theme verse for this year’s Overflowing Women’s Conference on April 17, 2021. Overflowing is a CNBC Women’s event intended to inspire, encourage and equip women to overflow with Jesus in their personal circles of influence.
Historically, Overflowing has been an in-person event for the Southern Alberta Region. However, due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic pushing all gatherings to virtual settings and a need to better engage women nationally, Overflowing 2021 became our first-ever national, virtual event. We celebrate, as over 430 CNBC Women participated nationwide, representing every province and the Yukon. We even had five participants join us from the US! As ticket sales continued to rise, even until the last minutes before the event started, our planning team knew we were in for a special day. It quickly became obvious that women were eager for connection, thirsty for encouragement and inspiration, and ready to encounter God.
The conference featured two dynamic main session speakers, worship, a panel discussion, a theme scripture activity, and a (very active!) live chat. Not only that, but the first 350 participants to purchase a ticket received their very own “Party Box” delivered right to their door. Party boxes included Overflowing swag items, party favours, snacks to be enjoyed during the event and all the supplies needed to participate in the theme scripture activity. Those who didn’t receive a party box were still able to participate in all aspects of the event as the needed materials were made available for downloading online.
As many areas of the country were under strict COVID-19 lockdowns, attendees from these areas participated on their own from the comfort of their homes. However, in areas where gatherings were allowed, attendees gathered in small groups for “watch parties.” A total of 34 watch parties took place across the country!
While our planning team celebrates the success of the event represented in the overwhelming response of ticket sales and watch parties, it’s the spiritual impact of the day that really got our attention. Below are a few quotes from women who participated and their reflections on how God specifically spoke to them:
"Overflowing was amazing and that is an understatement! God spoke to my heart through each and every aspect of that event." — Kerry Wimpey
“Overflowing was just what we needed. I know for myself, the messages and the panel ignited a fresh fire within me. As I listened, I thought of the woman at the well...Jesus met her where she was and gently showed her her need. He promised her Living Water that would spring up like a fountain and quench her thirst forever. Like the Samaritan woman, may we be 'unable to stop speaking about the things we have seen and heard'. Perhaps, like those in her city, many will believe in our hamlets, towns and cities." — Janet Palmer
"It was reaffirmed to me that boldness in sharing Christ with others, bursts forth from living and being with Jesus, experiencing His transforming power. In our weakness is where we meet with Him. When we walk with Him in humility and trust Him, and do whatever it is He tells us, He transforms us into unique, beautiful vessels that can go out into the world being honest about what we carry and we can share what Jesus has done in our lives." — Elaine Ingraham
"What a privilege and blessing to be part of CNBC Women's Conference, Overflowing, and to help host a watch party here in Baddeck, NS where we enjoyed a fun day spending time in the Word and with each other." — Suzanne Davis
For me personally, my biggest takeaway from the day came within the event’s first three seconds. God’s hand had so evidently been part of the planning process, and our planning team really poured themselves into making it happen. But, the reality was we had never done an event like this. Relying on technology to work can certainly cause some anxiety as I’m sure we’ve all felt to some degree, with the recent pandemic’s forceful push towards virtual living.
But as the countdown started, and the opening slideshow played, I watched as over 200 women actively (and I mean, so actively that I couldn’t keep up!) engaged in the chat. My heart had no option but to overflow with worship for the Lord. The behind the scenes, hard work of putting the conference on had come together. And the Father had once again proven himself so faithful! The blessings continued, as I virtually watched women encounter Jesus in a real, meaningful way and heard testimony of how he had used the event to catalyze missional engagement around the country. It certainly became a day that I am “unable to stop speaking about what I had seen and heard.”
The CNBC Women team specifically wants to thank the Overflowing 2021 planning team! Thank you for your dedication, hard work, and prayer over every aspect of the day. May we never stop speaking about what we have seen and heard God do in our lives!
The next Overflowing will be held April 2, 2022.
Keep your eyes open for more information on these future CNBC Women's events:
IGNITE: Fan into flame a passion for Jesus and connection with your community.
CNBC Women's Leadership Track (WLT) Facilitator application and training.
National Ministry Leader
We as the National Ministry Leader Search Team, would like to call the Canadian National Baptist Convention (CNBC) churches to pray for us and who God has for us as the next National Ministry Leader for the CNBC. We have enjoyed one time of corporate prayer and would love for you to join us for the next ones.
Please mark the following dates on your calendar and join us for these important online prayer times (click on the date to be connected to zoom call):
Monday, September 13 2021, 2PM – 2:30PM CST
Monday, October 4 2021, 2PM – 2:30PM CST
Monday, November 8 2021, 2PM – 2:30PM CST
Monday, December 6 2021, 2PM – 2:30PM CST
Prayer Prompts for the week of August 12 – 19:
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
May this team trust in God with all their heart! Please pray for us that:
- Our understanding would not interfere with God's plans.
- God would direct the path this team will follow.
- God would give us peace, a future and hope.
- That God would hear us as we call on Him daily and weekly...AMEN.
If you are interested in joining a prayer team as our search committee looks for the man that God has to fill the role of being our next National Ministry Leader, please CLICK HERE to email Folusho Hezekiah and let her know.
Meet a few more of the team...
Patsy Woodard lives in Burnaby, British Columbia with her husband of 46 years, Ray. She is currently the Church Planting HUB financial administrator for CNBC WestCoast (since 2005). She and Ray have two married daughters and eight grandchildren, three of whom live in Dallas, Texas, and five that live In Richmond, BC. They belong to Towers Baptist Church, Richmond, BC where they have been members since 1988 when they moved to Canada.
Bo Neal has served as the lead pastor of Southwinds Church since 2009 and also serves as the director of the Community Life Network in Calgary, AB. He is currently serving as the President of CNBC. Bo, Rachel and their three children (Theron, Lenore and Barrett) love joining God in expanding his Kingdom and also enjoy anything outdoors.
|Folusho Hezekiah has been a believer and a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ for 32 years. Folusho is co-vocational, serving alongside her husband Andaza, who is the Lead Pastor of Joy Fountain Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba since 2009. As well, she manages her Immigration Consulting firm that was started in 2006. At Joy Fountain Church, Folusho loves to worship, lead prayer and women's groups and loves to work with the youth group. Folusho and Andaza are blessed with three athletic children: Faith, Samuel and Philip.|