It was a highly-anticipated trip! What will develop next? Margaret Gibb, Founder and Director of Women Together, asked herself. This visit to Ukraine would be her 10th trip to the nation of her family roots.
“I wanted to see again the hunger among Christian women in leadership and the fruit of several years of developing Women Together,” said Margaret. “I was not disappointed but rather saw greater release of gifts and abilities in the leadership and an evident passion to provide a ministry to women throughout the nation of Ukraine and beyond.”
Carol Ann Hurtubise, a dynamic leader from Pembroke Ontario, joined Margaret Gibb and Veronika Nuzhna (Women Together Ukraine Coordinator) for two incredible weeks of ministry. They spoke at women’s conferences in Poltava and Krivoy Rog, hosted seminars for pastors’ wives, met with key leaders, and spoke at Sunday church services.
One of the key gatherings was Women Together’s 2nd annual Connect Leadership School—a weekend of leadership training, prayer, and empowering women to lead! The Connect Leadership School was held in a beautiful hotel in the Carpathian Mountains in Western Ukraine. Registration opened February 12, and in only 1 1/2 days all 95 spots were filled! Women came from 18 hours away to attend. They represented 17 cities and 23 churches! They were eager to take notes as each speaker poured into them.
A memorable moment was when 95 registrants at the Connect Leadership School had communion and prayer on a mountainside. It was a holy experience as women, surrounded by the beauty of nature, lifted their spiritual eyes and saw more for themselves as leaders in Ukraine.
Carol Ann Hurtubise, a first-time guest to Ukraine said: “It was an amazing two weeks. Life-changing!”
For the Christian women of Ukraine, we are anticipating more…much more!