Welcome & Overview
Evening of Stories 2017
Please join us for a special "Evening of Stories," an intimate dessert Fundraiser event to benefit the work of Genesis Institute. Our hope is that Evening of Stories will encourage and inspire you as you hear stories of God's redemptive work in people's lives.
We are pleased to welcome Sheila Walsh as our featured speaker.
Sheila Walsh is a powerful Bible teacher, best-selling author, and Grammy-nominated singer from Scotland with over 5 million books sold. Her international ministry has reached more than 5.5 million women by combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with the transforming power of God’s Word.
She recently released her newest bestselling book “Five Minutes With Jesus” and her new line of children’s books “The Bible Is My Best Friend” releases in fall. In total she has written over 60 books
Calling Texas home, Sheila lives in Frisco with her husband, Barry, her son, Christian, and three little dogs.
October 19, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
No Cost Dessert Fundraiser to Benefit Genesis Institute
Spokane Convention Center
334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99201
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Registration Is Now Open!
About Sheila Walsh
Author, teacher, inspirational speaker and singer Sheila Walsh has officially joined The Stream. The Scottish-born Walsh has sold over 5 million books, and her international ministry has reached many millions with the message of Christianity. She’s the former co-host of The 700 Club, and is one of Christian music’s most successful recording artists.
Walsh also will be deepening her work with The Stream‘s parent organization, Life Outreach International, and its Christian television show, LIFE Today.Walsh writes that prayer led her to this new chapter in her life:
For the past 20 years I’ve had the amazing privilege of being part of the speaking team at Women of Faith. We’ve welcomed more than 5 million women through our doors and seen over 460,000 make first time commitments to follow Christ. 2015 was our farewell tour and it was a gift to share the platform one last time with the team who’ve been there from the beginning: Luci Swindoll, Marilyn Meberg, Patsy Clairmont, Thelma Wells and Nicole Johnson.
Knowing that this season was coming to an end I began to earnestly seek God’s direction for the next chapter of my life.
I’ve loved James and Betty Robison and the work of LIFE Today for many years. Through the ministry of Life, they feed the poor, give fresh water to communities where children are dying of water-borne diseases, rescue and support those who are trapped in sex trafficking and bring the light and love of Christ to millions through the TV show LIFE Today. So when James invited me to join his leadership team I knew that this was a door that God has opened.
Her work here will have her back on television regularly and
will find her joining some of Life Outreach International’s projects overseas to
“let you see the difference it makes when we care enough to reach out to the
lost and the broken in the name of Christ.”
Finally, she offered a word of encouragement to the women who have long followed her ministry. “I’m excited that you and I are on the earth at this moment,” she wrote. “It’s no accident that we are here. We’re not saved to wait for Christ to come and rescue us but rather to rise up and live and love as The Church. We are a Braveheart Sisterhood!”
Some Quotations by Sheila Walsh…
There are so many things in our culture that are true for a season. Carbs are bad for you/Carbs are good for you, take aspirin/do not take aspirin, it all gets a little much. I love teaching the Bible because it is all true, all the time, in all circumstances. If you just read the gospels they will blow you away. Take just Jesus and Peter. Jesus got Peter when Peter didn’t get himself. He told him, you’re going to blow it, big time, but when you come back, and you will, help your brothers and sisters. I don’t think Peter remembered the, you will come back bit. All he knew was that when Jesus needed him most, he blew it. So when Jesus had risen from the dead, the angel says, Go and tell the disciples AND PETER that Jesus is waiting for them!
I love that God sees us, he gets us and he loves us. That is worth talking about!
When our son Christian was five years old a school friend gave him a little booklet called, The Four Spiritual Laws. I was very familiar with this wonderful tool from Campus Crusade for Christ but it was the first time I’d seen this version for children.
I asked Christian if he’d like me to read it to him and he said he would. We sat side by side on his bedroom floor and I read it page by page as we looked at the illustrations. When I finished he said, “Would you read it again mom?”
After the second read through I asked him if he’d like to pray the prayer to accept Christ as his Savior. He said, “Not yet, I’ve got to think about this.”
A couple of days later he told me that he was ready to pray that prayer and ask Christ into his life. It was one of the most precious and holy moments of my life to lead my son into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord.
When my husband and I gave him his first very Bible we let him into a little secret, “Christian, this is God’s treasure chest. It’s full of the most amazing promises in the world. If you ever have a question, dig deep and you’ll find the answer in your Bible.”
I watched that become true for him as he grew into a young man. He struggled for a time with a stutter that I knew bothered him. One day when I was changing his sheets I noticed that he’d printed out this scripture and taped it to his ceiling so that when he lay in bed he could read it over and over.
“But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.””
2 Corinthians 12:9 (HCSB)
I asked him why he’d chosen that scripture and he told me that he’d asked God to remove his stutter but God told him that His grace would be enough for him. It’s beautiful when you watch your child begin to apply the Word of God to their daily lives. That’s my prayer for you and for your family that in changing, uncertain times you’d be able to stand strong on God’s Word that never changes.
When I used to sing at Billy Graham’s crusades, he told me that most people came to faith in Christ by the age eighteen. That figure has changed. A new research study from The Barna Group indicates that nearly half of all Americans who accept Christ as Savior do so before reaching the age of thirteen. The pre-teen years are a God-given window to reach our children for Christ and to introduce them to the treasure chest that is the Word of God. I have made a passionate commitment to do all I can to help you as parents reach and teach your children. Let me offer a few simple suggestions:
- Make reading the Bible together something your children look forward to. Choose a fun place or make a fort out of blankets and cardboard boxes and let that be the place where you read together.
- Let your children take part in the stories.
Christian loved acting out the stories. One of my funniest memories was
when he wanted to act out Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.
He said, “I’ll be Jesus, mom and you be Hosanna.”
“Who’s Hosanna?” I asked.
“The donkey,” he said.
“How do you know that the donkey’s name is Hosanna?” I asked.
“Think about it mom,” he replied. “My name is Jesus but the people are yelling out Hosanna…so that must be the donkey’s name.”
- Encourage your children to begin to memorize Scripture so that they have it tucked into their hearts. We used little 3×5 cards to copy verses out and post a new one on the refrigerator each week.
As your children get dressed each day remind them that it’s just as important to put on the whole armor of God. When your children have trusted in Christ, their greatest weapon in this world is the Word of God so dive in deep! “Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word.” Ephesians 6:17 (HCSB)