He gave gifts:
Each Pastor’s wife was given a gift that was prepared and prayed over by Pastors’ wives in Oroville to represent washing their feet, blessing their identity and purpose. The gifts were given in honor of Sister Angela Crook, a Pastor’s wife in Oroville who went home to be with Jesus November 2015, who was truly a “Mother in Israel.” The gift itself and who prepared it together with the honoring of Sister Angela prepared the women’s hearts to receive this gift from their heavenly Father as an expression of His absolute adoration and joy over them. And, God gave gifts we hadn’t even thought of or planned on: A Pastor friend of ours who is also a talented photographer provided an awesome photo of his that so vividly depicts the seeming futility and isolation we experience at times during our walk with the LORD overlaid with Proverbs 3:5-6 (Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths). He gave us permission to make 100 copies so each Pastor Couple could be given one. Another friend gave several necklaces with a cross, and another purses and lotions. Since there weren’t enough for each Pastor’s wife to have one of these gifts we raffled them along with 10 framed copies of the photograph. The raffle heightened the sense of fun and anticipation that enveloped the entire three days. And to top it all off, one of the Pastor’s wives invited all of the ladies who wished to attend a “spiritual hand spa.” More than 80 of the 97 women came. Their faces and comments conveyed that they connected with God through each other in the depths of their spirit in ways that only eternity will reveal.