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Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer

What was your path to leadership?

“I grew up in a situation where I was sexually abused by my dad [and there was] alcoholism, violence and dysfunction. My mom didn’t really know how to deal with it. So her way of dealing with it was just to not deal with it. She kind of just ignored it. I guess pretended like she didn’t believe what she knew was true.

“But, in 1976 I was in my second marriage, I was a Christian, loved God, went to church all the time. I was even involved in some different kinds of church work. You know, I actually did love God, I just didn’t know anything. So you really can’t make any progress if you don’t know anything.

“I had a lot of good, solid doctrine, but I didn’t really have any understanding about God’s power, or overcoming things. I just thought your best bet was to try to make it through and go to heaven.

“And in 1976 I was crying out to God, basically, “There’s got to be more than this. Something’s wrong. I’m doing everything I think I’m supposed to be doing. I’m still miserable all the time.’ Actually, as a result of that crying out to God in hunger, He filled me with the Holy Spirit.

“And very shortly after that, I would say within three weeks, God began to speak to me about teaching other people the Word.”

How do you know if you are called to ministry?

“I just think a lot of people, if they would just put their hand to what is in front of them and apply biblical principles where they live … then, if they are called to some kind of public ministry … [they] don’t have to go around kicking down doors. I mean, that becomes obvious. And, your gift makes room for you, and God makes that happen.

What do you think is the biggest remaining barrier to women in leadership?

“I think a lot of women just [can’t] even begin to comprehend how they could possibly do something like that, if they already have several children. You know, I tell people all the time: ‘Don’t tell me you can’t be used by God with kids, because I started a ministry with four. One of them was a baby.’

“So when you are gripped by God to do something, it’s very difficult to get away from it. And so, desire and passion always makes a way.”

Joyce Meyer is founder
of Joyce Meyer Ministries
Fenton, Mo.
Web site
Phone:1-800-727-9673

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Doris Machin

Doris Machin

Are you married?

“No. There’s another obstacle. I am about to be 40 years old. The Lord has me in this state where He ministered to me years ago. He said, “Take advantage of this state because it’s a gift that I give you.”

“It’s not that being married is not a gift. That is a different gift. But He said, ‘This time that you will be single is a gift that I give you so that you can do for Me what I ask of you. You can give Me your maximum without having to hear your heart, and without having distractions.

“So, I’ve given the best of my 20s and the best of my 30s to the Lord. And I would do it in a heartbeat. I know that the Lord has my prince somewhere. In fact, in one of my albums I wrote him a love song. It is called, ‘I Wait For You.’

But, I know he’s out there somewhere. I’m not in a hurry. I’m just waiting on God’s time.”

What is your view of women in ministry?

“I think it’s great. … There is a pro and a con. … I think that women were made by God to be sensitive, to be sensible and to be passionate about everything they do. That is the pro.

“But the pro can be turned into a con. Because women are passionate, women can be emotional. … For me, someone leaving the church is, Ooooh! It’s like they killed me. Because I have that mother’s heart. I’m thinking, ‘Oh, my God, my kids. How are they going to eat? Where are they going to go?’

“Men just see things differently. They react differently. And of course, I’m learning to balance that. … I think that as women of God … we need that Joyce Meyer quality where “I went through all this … I’m strong and I can do this, and I’m invincible, and here we go!’ That kind of thing!”

Doris Machin is senior pastor
of The Worship Tabernacle
Miami, Fl
Web site
Phone: (305) 234-9024

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Cindy Jacobs

Cindy Jacobs

What advice would you give to a woman being called into full-time ministry?

“Well, first of all the Holy Spirit would really make your call clear to you. There are women being called into business and law. They’re called to be a mom. Listen, to be a mom is a high calling.

“But, you know, as far as the traveling, being a traveling minister or something like that; a pulpit ministry, I would say, make sure that you don’t have any bitterness in your life toward men. It’s very important.

And, you know, one thing I want to say is that we women have to not only be prepared, we have to be better. We have to walk with excellence. And there is a lot of proving of yourself you’ll have to do. Don’t get mad about it, just do it.”

Do you believe it is part of God’s design for men and women in the church to work together to advance God’s kingdom?

“That’s part of what He’s saying to the church today. That God is raising up men and women to work together.”

Cindy Jacobs is co-founder of Generals International

Red Oak, Texas
Web site

Phone: (972) 576 8887
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Day 5: Never Forget

What a sobering experience. My tour today began with a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum located on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem. After reflecting on what I saw, it’s clear no other place so far has impacted me like this one.

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I'm so sleepy my eyes are burning, but I must tell you about the sites I saw today.

We started the tour with a scenic drive through the valley of Jordan where I could see in the distance the kingdom of Jordan. The mountain curved around and around until we were headed in the direction of the Dead Sea region. I'm told the region is the lowest point on earth, about 419 meters below sea level. read more

Day 3: Be Still

Shalom.

Today I sailed the Sea of Galilee!

Every time I think my visit to Israel can't get any better, something or someone will change my mind. That's what happened to me today when I had an encounter with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee.

After eating breakfast this morning we all boarded a bus headed for the sea. I was feeling a little anxious about some things, so I wasn't myself today. But when I stood up for prayer, the Lord spoke to my inner spirit and said "peace, be still." At that moment, the weight lifted and I was able to participate in all the tour activities. read more

Day 2: Miracles, Anyone?

Shalom!

This morning my tour group and I checked out of the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv (what a nice place) and boarded the bus for Caesarea National Park. King Herod the Great (not the Herod who sought to have baby Jesus killed,) built Caesarea. When I got off the bus, my mind went back in time to thousands of years ago.

I sat down in the Herodian Amphitheatre and tried to imagine what it would be like to attend a sporting event back then. According to the brochure, the U-shape venue is more than 250 m long and 50 m wide. Some experts say it might be the stadium mentioned by first-century Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius in Jewish War (Antiq. ll:9, 3). I also got a chance to see some of the archaeological designs made popular by the Romans after they gained control of Caesarea. read more

Day 1: I Made It!


After staying up to 3 am the night before preparing for my trip, and after nearly missing my flight to JFK the next day, I finally made it to Israel!

My tour group and I arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport close to 3:30 pm and could hardly wait to see the first city on the tour schedule.


Tel Aviv is a wonderful place to visit, but if you're thinking it's lined with dusty roads like in biblical times, think again. It's a modern city and has all the makings of a bustling metropolis like billboards, quaint restaurants, public transportation and more. read more

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