In the summer of 2011, I got involved in my very first online Bible study. I remember the name of it, “Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner” by Wendy Blight of Proverbs 31 Ministries. Melissa Taylor was the OBS Facilitator for this study.
Within a few weeks of being involved in this study, I began to feel God prompting me to start an Online Prayer Group. The purpose was to pray for those who were hurting, be there to support them with encouragement, and build friendships, along the way.
Within just a few short weeks, I was invited by Melissa Taylor to join the Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Study Leadership Team, as the Prayer Group Coordinator. I was very humbled by this opportunity, and never took that job lightly!
Soon after joining Proverbs 31 Ministries, we found that Prayer Group Leaders were needed, and began to develop teams from all across the world! It was an amazing opportunity! I feel that God put me there for a season, and then called me to build my own Online ministry.
After I stepped down from Proverbs 31, I spent some time in prayer seeking God’s direction. He had given me a vision and confirmation that I would one day be leading an OBS Ministry through Isaiah 61:1-3, Jeremiah 1:5-10, and then again in 1 Peter 2:9-10. I began to form small prayer / study groups on Facebook. We prayed for each other, along with encouraging each team member. The vision He had given me to start a full-blown online Bible study soon began to take place.
On May 5, 2012, we went live with our very first online Bible study blog. Girlfriends Coffee Hour soon developed, and I now work every day with the most amazing Leadership Team, who help me each day to encourage women across the globe to develop a deeper walk with the Lord by studying His word. Our primary goal is to teach women to intentionally put God first in every area of their lives; to seek His will and His face daily. God hand-picked each and every one of these Ladies, and I am more than blessed to have them working with us here at Girlfriends Coffee Hour.
On our website, you will see our daily Bible/Book study blogs. Every two to 3 months, we find an awesome book that we blog about, and use this as a tool to dig deeper into God’s word. You will also see At Home with GCH. Every Monday and Friday you will see blogs that offer recipes, DIY tips, home keeping tips, and other goodies to help maintain the home. Recently, our latest addition to At Home with GCH, is Crystal Breaux, who is a Wellness Coach and Fitness Designer. Crystal offers healthy tips for eating and exercise, as well as encouragement to keep your body fit and healthy, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Crystal blog appears the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Another blog you will see on our website is Glorious Living w/ Coach Megan. This blog offers advice from Certified Christian Life Coach Megan Smidt, to some of life’s most challenging questions.
We are very pleased with where God has taken us on this journey. It’s been an amazing ride, for sure! We’ve met some awesome women along the way, across the globe! God has been with us every step of the way. We surely could not do this without Him and His blessings! We look forward to where He will take us in the coming years!
Before I close this, I want to say one more thing. I believe with all my heart that if we seek God’s face, and ask Him to use us to help further His kingdom, He can and He will. It doesn’t matter who you are, what your past is, how much money you make, how well you speak. If God can take the life of a simple housewife from Southeast Wisconsin, and use her to minister to women all across the world, He can use YOU, too!! All you have to do is be willing to be used by Him. It’s not in your power that He will do these things…it is in His power. He’s just looking for a willing vessel. Are you willing??
<3 Christi Wilson, Founder of Girlfriends Coffee Hour