There Is More

For many years now, I have been following Hillsong Church’s women’s ministry called the Colour Sisterhood. I am fascinated and encouraged by this army of everyday women, literally impacting the globe by its sheer size and passion.


In April 2017, I had the chance to go to a Colour Conference in LA, and I left inspired, but also a little restless. The message was to “go back and invest in your local church.”



Although I have always been involved in my church, it was never specifically with women’s ministry. I played around with that idea for a while, but I didn’t know what investing in the women in my church would look like. There were already incredible women doing women's ministry. I was not sure I had anything to add to what was already being done. Not to mention, I didn’t get the impression that was what God had in mind for me. So I continued to pray and try and figure out what to do with the desire I had to raise up the women in our community.


In January 2018, I had done a three-day fast. Out of that came some big changes to my life which resulted in the clarification I had been looking for – my desire was to raise up the women in our COMMUNITY. I looked back on my notes and every time I had written something down about doing something with women, I had always referred to it as women in the COMMUNITY. I wanted to do something that would transcend any specific church and champion and unite the women of Steinbach and area.


But the question was what?



During the same time that I was trying to figure out the investing in women call, I was also grappling with some massive personal circumstances that had been very difficult for me to accept and come to terms with. I had been reading many books about hardship and suffering such as When God Doesn’t Fix It by Laura Story; Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller; A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser; and more. I was desperate to make sense of what was happening in my life.


Then God started placing women in my path who shared their stories with me and I began to realize that most women have gone through, or are going through, very challenging situations and difficulties. And their stories challenged me to re-examine my own circumstances and show me what trusting in God looks likes when times are tough and unexpected things happen. That I should quit obsessing with the why’s of what was happening and rather accept and make the best of my circumstances, trusting God to work it out and use it for His glory and my good.


At some point I thought “It would be so great if there was a place for women to share all these stories with each other.” And that is when I began to work on There Is More. Since it launched on April 30th, thousands of people have visited the site and have read the stories. The idea from the very beginning has been to bring the hope of Jesus. Without Him, there is no point to any of this as we cannot redeem our own circumstances. Only He can.



Up until this point I have been unsure if I wanted to reveal my identity. It is not that I had been hiding it, but I was hesitant, particularly because I was running as a candidate for Steinbach City Council in October’s election. I didn’t want this site to be interpreted in any way as a part of a campaign for re-election. I also know that some people find it difficult reconcile their feelings when it comes to having the same faith as someone but different political opinions. My only response to that is we all want what is best for our communities, even if we don’t agree on what that is. Political opinions don’t necessarily indicate the sincerity of one’s faith. It is okay not to agree on issues, but still love and respect each other.


So that is how the There Is More blog started. The dream is for it to evolve into a community of hundreds of local women that champion each other, pray for each other, and impact our communities together. Steinbach and area has an incredible heritage of faith and I believe God is raising up his daughters to take it to the next level locally and beyond.


Please join with me!


Sincerely,

Susan Penner



If you would like to send me a message or have a story that you would like to share, please contact me at connect@thereismore.ca


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