We exist to serve all women of The Moody Church, encouraging and equipping them to know, love, and serve Jesus and others. We take seriously Paul’s admonitions in Titus 2:3-5, which instructs women to teach other women, encouraging one another, and training up young women to be strong in the faith.
Join the Women’s Community
Each Sunday morning at 8:30am, sisters in Christ gather to learn from the Word and worship the Lord. We are now meeting in person, and are blessed to be able to stay and view the morning service as well! Space is limited, but all women are invited. Find details/guidelines and register here.
You can also continue to join us via Zoom; click here for the Zoom login, or you can dial in if you prefer. The number is 312-626-6799.
Being sisters in Christ is a blessing, but it carries with it a responsibility to care for, pray for, and love one another. We’d love to introduce you to some special women we love — and who we know you’ll love too! Once a month we’ll feature a different Moody Church woman; as you read their testimonies we encourage you to pray for them.
Recently I was reminded about the stones of remembrance in the book of Joshua. I had previously been encouraged to write down what I wished my legacy to be… those things that I would want others to remember when thinking of me. So I decided to write my spiritual journey down and hope it will be a living stone of remembrance after I am gone.
I would call my early childhood years as fairly idyllic. But that was cut short when I was 12 when my dad had a stroke, and was then diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. He was in and out of the hospital, and 11 months later, he died. I was angry that God did not answer our prayers to heal him. I was mad at him that he did this to my mom, my family, and me.
After college I met a man whom I began to date. He often asked me spiritual questions to which I had no answers. He gave me a pocket new testament which I devoured in a new way. I was surprised at how much was in the Bible with which I was unaware. I was confident God would not keep from me the things that he wanted me to know, so I kept reading. In time, my relationship with the man I was dating ended and I was angry at God all over again. I felt like God was taking him away, like he took my dad away.
During this same time my college roommate moved to Chicago and invited me to come to Moody Church. Pastor would teach from the Bible every single week. At the end of every sermon he would always invite anyone who wanted, to pray to receive Christ alone as their personal savior. This was a new concept for me.
One day as I was praying, all I kept “hearing” in my heart and in my head was that there would only be one person who would never leave me and that was Jesus. That is the day I look back on when I prayed to receive Jesus alone as my personal savior. Whether I lived or died, through good times and bad, and despite all my sins, which Jesus freely forgives—I would never, ever be separated from Him.
The Lord knew that what I really wanted and what I really needed was Jesus. I look forward to an eternity with him and with all who come to trust him as the only one who can forgive sins, and give us abundant life now and eternal life for the future. I hope my life points others to Jesus. That’s the legacy I want to leave.
I was born in China and came here to study in 2009. With limited resources, accented English, poor self-care and social skills, the first year was unexpectedly tough for an introvert like me. I became very depressed after the excitement of studying abroad faded away.
I didn’t have a car in St. Louis at that time. One day I met a friend at the school cafeteria, and she kindly offered me a ride to a grocery store after the church. I gladly accepted. I was raised an atheist, so my first visit to church was quite mind blowing. The very first time I saw people in the church praying, I thought they must be crazy. Why do they bow their heads and speak to the air? Well, after I got a chance to talk with them, they seemed to be friendly and smart. And the “God” in their songs sounded too good to be true. I thought: If there’s really a God, why don’t you show yourself to me?
Then I started to wake up in the early mornings, and saw light shine peacefully through my window, sometimes with birds singing. It must be a coincidence, I thought. My relationship with my roommate was intense at that time, and yet we travelled to LA during the spring break. I heard a voice say “love your neighbor as yourself” before I woke up. I opened my eyes and couldn’t believe what I just heard. That voice was so clear, loving, yet with authority. I began to read scriptures and ask many questions.
John 10:10 says: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. At that time, I hated my meaningless life. I wanted to have an abundant life. On a good Friday, the pastor encouraged people to think about making a decision to follow Jesus. Here was my thought. If God is real and I choose to follow Him, my life will be changed for good. If God is not real and I choose to follow Him, nothing will be changed. There’s nothing to lose. So I made my decision to follow Him. And my life was forever changed.
God is so true and faithful. He is always there for me in the darkest nights, desert, and fires. He accepts my failures and flaws with His perfect love. He also disciplines and grows me in love and truth. What the enemy meant for evil, God turns to good.
Let me end with one of my favorite verses:
Isaiah 43:2-3: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Jeannie Choi was very active in our church while she lived in Chicago. She moved to San Diego for a job opportunity, but she stays in touch with her church family here via Veritas and Facebook. And she is praying for a job opportunity here so she can return. Her testimony is a wonderful story of how God has used COVID-19 to begin a reconciliation with her mother.
Restoration and hope during a pandemic
I come from a very broken and abusive family and have been estranged from my mother for a handful of years. I was going to write a brief letter to her and take it really slow in hopes of carefully rebuilding trust, but when this pandemic broke out, God had other plans. I worried for her safety since she is in the vulnerable older population and felt compelled to call her instead, which took a lot of courage and prayer to do.
To my surprise, she was really happy I called, which stirred a lot of mixed emotions within me. I really missed her and a potential mother-daughter relationship I always wanted. I further grieved over generational sin and how it robbed both of us a healthy parent-child and family relationship and environment.
During our time apart, I had the privilege of taking the much needed space and time to receive weekly counseling with trusted Godly counsel for many years along with the love and support of church communities and spiritual families. These were critical years for my healing and growth. Now as an adult, deeply rooted in Christ as my identity, I am able to see my mom with eyes of compassion instead of hurt and resentment as a child would. Without God, it would not have been possible for me to “flip the switch” within me to see her more with His eyes and not my own. I also had to learn to accept that she will probably never apologize or change, but that I had to accept her for who she was and to trust the Lord with the rest.
Although not “perfect”, our conversations have been a blessing. We got to catch up a bit, learn more about each other, have real-talk discussions about her past and the chaotic house we once lived in. I even got to share my testimony with her, which she asked about for the first time! I am so happy that she is more receptive to God than before and even involved with a church she started to attend recently. The Lord had it all figured out way ahead of time and here I was worried, ha ha! I am further in awe of God’s grace, power, and sovereignty.
Moving forward, it is my hope to get a job and move back to Chicago as soon as possible from San Diego to be with my mom and church communities. It would be my honor and joy to finally spend more quality time with my mom, create positive memories, be a blessing, and take care of her as she ages.
Carol Halm is our missionary to Austria, where she works in a ministry to refugees called Oasis. There are thousands in the refugee community, mostly Muslim, and Carol has been there for over 30 years, after accepting Christ as her Savior at The Moody Church. Get to know her—pray for her! She is a special woman.
Oasis has been shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’ve been isolated and alone now these last eight weeks. I’ve discovered that there’s no lack of good works that the Lord has prepared for me each day. I can easily still keep in contact with many, including some refugee women, and be a part of virtual groups, several from Moody church, which has been quite a treat for me. I’ve also enjoyed the quiet and opportunity to listen more to God, go for walks and pray.
And God has spoken! I’ve always enjoyed being well organized and having all my ducks in a very tidy row. However, my gift does have a down side, and it’s been highlighted to me by the Lord (like with a bright yellow neon marker) too often to miss over the last weeks that I over plan, at times to a fault, wanting to have every detail worked out and every box ticked. This results in needless worry and much wasted time.
The last several years I have thought a lot (too much) about my future. I’m 62. What will retirement be like? When should I retire? Will I have enough money to live where I want to live, like in Chicago, for example? Should I just stay in Austria, where things are less expensive and I’m comfortable in many ways? But then, what about my 10 siblings in the US, many of whom don’t know the Lord? I’d always thought, and wanted, to return to the US one day. And on, and on and on ….
The reality is that I don’t know what tomorrow will bring (as this crisis has shown us all). So focusing so much on the future is not a good plan. I’ve meditated much on Proverbs 3:5 the last weeks, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.” I see that I need to grow in trust and let go when I start to get consumed and driven to understand and have all the answers. Leaning on me is actually kind of insane. I don’t have all the answers; it makes much more sense to lean on God who does.
So I am trying to learn to leave the details of my life to God to work out step by step according to His plan, not only for my future, but also for my today.
Weekdays at 7:00am via Zoom
Join Mary Lowman, Director of Women’s Ministry, every weekday morning as we come together to pray for our church, our families, and ourselves. You’ll be able to listen to and pray with your sisters in Christ.
Next date coming in March!
Real Talk for Women is a place where you can connect and grow in your faith in a safe space. Once each quarter we’ll spend an evening together learning how to honor God when navigating today’s popular culture topics and temptations.
Our next Real Talk is scheduled for March. We’ll have a specific date shortly, and more details as we get closer.