Florida Jail LUV Graduation – B’flies Transform & Multiply in Jail!!

Dear friend and partner,

I believe this report will deeply move your heart!

It is a witness to the power of God working through one woman who has surrendered to Him, who has been transformed by His love, experienced healing and been equipped, empowered and set free to multiply. Tanya is now bringing God’s love and hope to women in jail in S. Florida. She obeyed the Lord’s urging to reach these women who feel the lowest of the low, the outcast and the shamed. With great faith, she led them through 3 months of Love UnVeiled transformation leadership and disciple making teaching every week. This week these women “graduated”! Their testimonies of how God has changed their lives are an amazing witness of the life changing power of the Holy Spirit and the multiplying impact He has had in their lives as Tanya has taught them His truth about their identity and freedom in Him.

Here is Tanya’s beautiful report and photos…the photos speak a 1000 words!

Dear Liz,

Being a part of Love UnVeiled, feeling and knowing God’s love in a real and personal way, and experiencing the transforming effect and power of the Holy Spirit, has been completely life changing for me. It is my privilege and honor for God to use me to share Love UnVeiled teaching at the jail so that these women can begin to understand and experience the same thing.

It is amazing to me to see how God moves when we step out in faith in the area that He calls us to and has anointed us for. God has given me such a heart for these beautiful, broken women who He is raising up to be beautiful butterflies. They have experienced hurt and pain that goes so far beyond any words I could ever express. Yet God is moving among them, and they are experiencing healing and freedom. Miraculously, they are also forgiving people for things that are completely and totally un-forgiveable to people who don’t know our Jesus.

We just completed our first Love UnVeiled Workshop 1 “Graduation” with 1st graduation group 2 6 17the group of women at the jail. Being that this was the first “graduation,” a group of the “higher up’s” at the Sheriff’s Office attended so that they could get a feel for the program and listen to some of the women give testimony. The Sheriff’s Office employees were touched themselves, and commented that they could feel God’s presence and Spirit in the room with us. They have been, and will continue to be, very supportive of the program, which is exciting. There are many wonderful men and women who work for the Sheriff’s Office who know and love God and are excited to see how God is moving.

There were 13 women who completed the class and “graduated.” Originally there were 16, however a few of the women were released throughout the class so were unable to “graduate,” but I know that God also moved through these women as well. What is exciting is that the large majority of these women would go back to their dorms after class and teach the other women in the jail with them. These women began to pray for each other, in and out of the class, and also to pray with and for the other women in the dorms with them. It was remarkable to watch God work in and through these women throughout the 3 months of class. So many more than the original 16 lives have been touched! Some of the women are going to prison, and are excited to help and teach other women in prison. Some of the women are going to other states/cities to relocate closer to family/better support systems. For the women who are local, I will offer a once a month gathering at my church (TC3), where a room was made available once a month on a Saturday morning, for praise, prayer, and fellowship. God put this gathering on my heart and it is so important to continue to be a presence in these women’s lives. At the monthly meeting I will also do a short teaching, perhaps what the Bible has to say about parenting one month, marriage another, finances another, etc. Please pray that I will be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in this area and what the needs of the women are for that day.

Many miracles happened and prayers were answered during the class, from people who had very lengthy prison offenses who ended up receiving much shorter sentences, to the group of women who were supposed to leave for prison the morning of the graduation which God somehow delayed so they could attend the last class. God has truly given these women a heart to seek and know Him. One of the things I always loved during the class was the singing. We always start the class with 3 songs, then prayer. These ladies were so excited to sing to our Lord, I have no doubt you could hear them all the way down the hallway where the dorms are! They were totally unashamed of our Lord and Savior, and sang boldly, lifting their hands, and often crying. No holding back, no lukewarm. If only the people in our churches would sing with the enthusiasm these 16 women sang, worship would never be the same!

There is a picture below of some of the women who were comfortable being photographed. It was so touching to hear the ladies testimonies on the last day, here are just a few of the comments from the women who “graduated” and spoke that day (names deleted).

  1. “This program has brought me from a very dark place. Life in jail is very hard Blurred1st graduation 2 6 17because I understand that I broke the law and deserve to be punished for my crime. However, the emotional disparity, shame, guilt and remorse was unbearable. This is not the first time I have been incarcerated, but because of Love UnVeiled my perspective towards God and life have undergone a tremendous change – a change of heart. It is said that you cannot give what you do not have, and I was so full of shame, guilt, disappointment and anger towards myself that I could have just stayed in the painful prison. Now I understand God’s true character “love” and that he loves me unconditionally. I have been forgiven and released from the negative!”
  2. “I’ve been coming to jail’s, prisons, and been into trouble my entire life. I was broken. I was downtrodden. I was ashamed. I had built walls so high even I couldn’t see over them. Every time I got locked up I grabbed a Bible, but I only looked for what I wanted to see. I never really read it, I never received what was written for me to save me until now. I am a new creation. I am loved. I now love. I didn’t care, now I do. I feel brand new, beautiful, younger, lighter…better. Thank God for this program. Bless everyone involved.”
  3. “This class has helped me when I was feeling really down and helped me to understand more about God and how we can trust him through any circumstance we are in and we don’t have to worry or fight anymore. It’s not our battle it’s the Lord’s.”
  4. “I recognize the strong feelings of peacefulness that are taking over me. When I don’t think I can stand another second I give my emotions to God and I know through Him I can overcome anything.”
  5. “Thank you deeply from the bottom of my heart. I have strength, hope, and courage now, and have experienced the unconditional love of God through my trials.”
  6. “This program has showed me that I can be different. I can live different. My charges and my past does not define me, that is not who I am. I am God’s child and He loves me. I am strong and God will guide me on the right path if I keep pursuing a relationship with Him. Being in jail has been a blessing in disguise.”
  7. “This program has changed my life forever.”
  8. “I thank God for his forgiveness and being able to forgive myself and others. So much weight has been lifted off my shoulders and I will continue to walk by faith and not by sight.”
  9. “If it were not for Love UnVeiled I would not have turned out to be this beautiful butterfly that God made me to be, the way God created all of us to be!”
  10. “I’ve truly been transformed from an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly!”
  11. “When I get out in the free world I want to share with my sisters and brothers. It is good to learn how you can be transformed into God’s image and also from a caterpillar to a butterfly.”

Please continue to pray for these beautiful women of God, that they will continue to experience healing and freedom in Christ. Please also pray for the women who will go through the program in the future.

The next class starts on 2/20. Please also pray that God will raise up the women He wants to be a part of this jail ministry. Women who love God, who have a heart for women in jail, who have experienced God’s transforming love themselves, and who will be steadfast/reliable/trustworthy.

Tanya.

Please pray that God will open the doors for other women in LUV to reach many more women in jail around the world. 

​Yours in His love, with a full and thankful heart.​

Liz

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Thank you! God answered your SOS Prayers!

Dear friend,

Thank you for praying in response to my SOS cry for help last week!! The Lord gave me the strength I desperately needed for our 4 day Workshop and the Holy Spirit worked in each woman’s life, including my own. Today I’m waiting for a dental appointment to remedy a terrible toothache (possible abscess) which has kept me in pain all weekend. I am thanking the Lord I did not have this during last weekend’s workshop or the weekend before at our Let’s Get Real Conference!

IMG_0146 (2)Open your voice on behalf of the poor and needy, on behalf of those who have no voice Proverbs 31:8-9. The Lord laid this verse on my heart for Love UnVeiled in 2007. The enemy works hard to harden our hearts and close our voices but I’ve been encouraged by your prayers and to see God fulfilling these verses through our Butterflies – women who are being transformed and boldly opening their voices to help the poor and needy. I am greatly encouraged to share how He is doing that in Russia, France and Orlando, Florida…..

Mar from Russi@ (names changed) joined us for the workshop.  Her husband and proud new father Sal took care of her 4 week old baby boy (who is adorable) during workshop sessions and in between feeding times! Mar completed her 3 year LUV training in 2015 but returned last week hungry for spiritual refreshment. She has been using the teaching to disciple a woman rescued from sex trafficking, leading her to live a new spiritual identity and deep lasting transformation. This woman is now helping other women coming out of trafficking to experience healing and transformation.

Maria Carmen (wife of CCC National director Fr@nce) joined us for 10 days in IMG_0087 (2)spite of many challenges getting here!  This is her 3rd workshop with us. On our first evening she shared what God is doing through and since the Women’s Conference last November. A light of hope and excitement was sparked at the conference which Marie Carmen called “supernatural”. 130 women believers from all over Fr@nce came together for the first time to learn more about The Butterfly effect and spiritual transformation and multiplication. They didn’t know each other but the women experienced a deep bonding and a vision to multiply.  Every woman received a copy of the Story of Transformation (The Butterfly Story) in Fr@nch. Some women bought extra copies to take back to every woman in their local churches. Several women have since started small group bible studies for neighbors and friends in their homes. Marie Carmen is receiving ongoing reports of God continuing to work in and through these women.  This is a truly supernatural awakening in Fr@nce a secular country with less than 1% evangelicals believers.After the workshop, Marie Carmen, Marf Meister (CRU Jesus Film Project and Magdalena) and I spent time planning and praying about how to multiply this transformation disciple making process among women in Europe. An opportunity has come up for later this year. Please pray for that!

There is much to pray for in both Fr@nce and Russi@ where Mar and her husband reported that the darkness is increasing. It was a reminder why the battle against us is so strong as we press on to support and empower these women to be His light and hope in their countries.

Being able to provide a place of refuge and restoration for these women in our small LUV center in Avalon, Orlando, Florida is a great privilege. I am grateful for the partnership and involvement of my own church, Avalon Church, who take an active interest and involvement in helping me support and care for these women and their ministries. Mar’s husband attended Avalon Church on Sunday morning while we were in session. That was an encouragement for him.

God is working in women in Orlando too, giving them boldness and courage to open their voice:

9 precious butterflies from East Orlando attended the workshop. Four of the women have already completed the 3 year training but came to be refreshed and renewed in spiritual strength. One said the teaching meant more to her this time because she’s in a different place, she hears the word with different ears and the Lord is now preparing her to be involved in leading other women in healing prayer and counseling. 

One Butterfly leader from Avalon Church is stepping out in faith to start a new support group using LUV lessons to encourage moms in Avalon and East Orlando with children with ADHD and special needs.Lord willing she will start Feb 20. Please pray for Karen. Leading this group is a huge and courageous step for her. Since committing to start the group she has been diagnosed with Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is aware of the battle against her but is now more determined than ever to follow through with what the Lord has laid on her heart for these moms!

Another Butterfly leader from Avalon Church has also found her voice. Samarra shared “because of Love Unveiled I know my true identity.” God laid on Samarra’s heart the need to bring Christians together from different churches, races and walks of life to celebrate our identity in Him, and to praise Him as One Body. “People are hurting and as Christians we have the unique ability to be the light Jesus intended through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must unite in this” She has courageously stepped out to organize an event One Body, One Voice & One Worship to be held in our local Ampitheater in Avalon Park, Feb 25 4-6:30 pm. Please pray for Samarra and if you live in Orlando, you are invited and warmly welcomed to join the event.

Thank you for your faithfulness in praying for me and for our ministry!  Please keep us in prayer daily.  We need and value your covering as we press on together to attain the upward call of God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Yours with deep love and affection.

Liz

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Returning to work…Pray for India

Luke 2:20 “Then the shepherds returned to work, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.” (Philips translation)

Dear friend,

On Christmas Day my father gave a message about the shepherds who, after seeing Jesus, returned to work with great joy!!

It was a great encouragement to return to our own work with joy after this season celebrating God’s love poured out on the world through Jesus’ birth.

img_3460After celebrating Christmas with her family in India, our LUV Leader Martha returned to work the very next day, traveling 8-12 hours by train to encourage our leaders in Nagpur and for outreach meetings.

Martha sent this update and asked us to join her in her work in prayer…

“I am leaving for Nagpur on 26th of Dec till 3rd Jan. Do keep in pray this 3rd Workshop from 28-30th for the leaders, and on 31st outreach meeting for half day for the ladies invited by our butterflies. We will be doing Inner Healing for them in this session.

  • Pray that all leaders will be able to make it for the training for whole time.
  • Pray that Holy Spirit would empower them and His Word would equip them to teach others too and also reach out to many more.
  • On 31st pray that all those who are invited would come and receive a breakthrough in their lives with the Love of Jesus.
  • Pray for me that through out the week Holy Spirit would lead me, empower me, heal me and use me to set women free.

~~Martha

Please join us in praying for Martha and the butterflies in India.

Thank you for your financial support which has helped us continue the ministry of Love img_3459UnVeiled in India and around the world this year. We close this year with thanksgiving for all God has done in 2016 through your giving.

As we return to work in the harvest equipping and empowering women, making disciples and reaching as many as we can with the Good News, we are prayerfully trusting the Lord for His provision to accomplish all He has called us to do in 2017.  If the Lord lays it on your heart to join us in the work through monthly giving, or a one time gift I invite you to please donate through our safe and secure giving page.

I love you and am deeply thankful for your partnership. May the Lord abundantly bless you for your encouragement and support in prayer and in giving to the ministry of Love UnVeiled. 

Yours In His Love,
Liz
Founder and Executive Director
Love UnVeiled
407-385-5796

 

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Christmas Reflections: A baby leaps.

What Makes Your Baby Leap?

“It happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41).

One of my favorite verses in the Christmas story is this encounter between Mary and Elizabeth. When the elderly luvbutterflychristmaspartyinluvcenter_avalon1Elizabeth, a barren woman for most of her life, meets young Mary carrying Jesus in her womb, the baby son in her own womb leaps in response! I imagine that in the days before ultra sound, that was a huge confirmation of the answer to Elizabeth’s years of praying for a child. Her encounter with Jesus confirmed her own miracle was about to happen. The baby within her responded to the Spirit of God in Mary and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit!

Praise God – We are never too old for a miracle! We are never too old for our baby to leap!

What makes your baby leap?  What makes your heart leap? What hopes and dreams lie dormant in your heart this Christmas? What prayers go seemingly unanswered in your life year after year?

Being around believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit makes my heart avalonbutterfliesreachouttochildrenatavalonchurchharvestfestival2    leap.  I get so excited as our hearts leap together in understanding the language we speak and what’s left unspoken. We lift one another up. We challenge one another to be more of what He has created us to be. We stir one another to walk in radical faith and live beyond our emotional senses and physical sight. We share revelation of what the Holy Spirit is revealing to us from His word. We sense His Presence in our midst as we talk, pray and worship together. There is intimacy between us which brings safety and freedom and we encourage each other to keep walking the path of the unknown to follow Jesus and abide in Him only. We believe God together for great things, expecting Him to do the impossible. When I leave their presence, I know I have been with Jesus. I feel strengthened, encouraged and filled with hope. They make my baby leap!!

As I reflect on all God has done in our ministry of Love UnVeiled this year, my heart leaps.  Over and over again my heart has leapt for joy being in the presence of women who God is transforming into His image of beauty. From India to Asia, Europe to North and South America, I have witnessed and shared the reports of God planting and birthing His supernatural hopes, dreams and visions in women young and old as He transforms them from glory to glory by His Spirit.

These women are making other babies leap too!  As they learn to abide in Jesus peru-photos-beckys-butterfly-and-translator-crystal-with-little-peru-butterfliesand listen to the leading of his Spirit, they water each other’s dreams – not crushing them. They fill each other’s wings with faith – not controlling them. They lift each other up to be who God made them to be – not tearing them down with accusation and criticism. They become a shelter of compassion and healing for one another – not gossiping or judging. They are spreading the fragrance of Jesus bringing light, truth, peace, joy and freedom to those whose hearts are filled with darkness.

My heart leaps as I think of you dear friend. Thank you! Together God has allowed us to bring His light and His truth into the lives of so many women.  There are many precious moments we have experienced through your partnership, prayers and generous giving in 2016.

I pray the Lord will direct your heart to continue giving with the same generosity next year in 2017 so that we can continue to fulfill God’s call to reach as many women as we can. We need your help to continue to bring transformation to women, to equip and empower more Marys and Elizabeths to reach women.

ncgathering3Next year in October we will celebrate our 10 year anniversary with a special Global Butterfly Conference – “The Butterfly Effect” – bringing Butterfly leaders and ministry partners together from around the world, in Orlando, Florida. Lord willing I will share more details with you in the New Year.

Dear friend, as you pray about giving to the Lord next year – in addition to your regular giving to Love UnVeiled, would you also pray about helping with these special ministry opportunities:

  • Global conference including some sponsored international flights – estimated $25,000.
  • Translations, printing LUV materials, training/travel sponsorships – estimated $12,000.

You can give your gift on line at www.loveunveiled.org or click here. clicktogive

A final word of encouragement…Christmas can be a dark, stressful, painful and lonely time, even for those who know Jesus. Brokenness in families, financial pressures, stress, loss and hurts rise up to fill our hearts with darkness, killing our joy and our peace. Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy our spirit just as King Herod killed thousands of babies trying to destroy Jesus.  If you are experiencing darkness covering your heart like a blanket with the lies of the enemy this Christmas, I pray the Holy Spirit will shine His light and truth into your heart for God is light and in Him there is no darkness. I pray the light of Jesus will appear like the rising sun, the Dayspring from on high shining into your heart, leading you out of the darkness of sorrow and pain into the light of His presence.

ukbutterflieschristmas2For it is the light of faith that shows us the way of perfect freedom in spirit. Then you will find the thing your heart longs for – perfect peace and freedom in the presence of the Lord, who is the Lover of your soul. (You Set My Spirit Free, John of the Cross).  

I love you and value your partnership with me so very much.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas. May the Lord’s great light shine on you filling you with His Spirit and truth as He pours His abundant blessing on you and your family in 2017.

Liz
Liz Dickson
Founder and Executive Director

Love UnVeiled, Inc.
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Women find Freedom in Jail – Pray and Praise

Lost​, Cheater, Gold Digger, Stupid, Unlovable, Slut, Bitch, Druggie, Depressed, Bad Mom, Thief, Not Pretty, Crazy, Haggard, Easy, Scary, Old, Ugly, Dumb Blonde, Whore, Mentally Ill, Failure, Bad, Conniving, Scared, Useless, Broken, Addict, Liar, Low Life, Defensive, Unforgiving, Negative, Stripper, Desperate, Mean, Angry, Criminal, Lost Cause, Selfish, Hopeless, Unsalvageable, Not Good Enough, Drunk

These are words women ​in a South Florida jail ​shared ​​with Tanya ​last week ​describing​ what others have called them, and how they see themselves.

​40 of these women prayed to receive Jesus as Savior last month when Tanya​ ​our Butterfly in South Florida shared the gospel and the ​Story of Transformation with them.​

​Only a limited number were allowed to meet with her weekly, so one Friday evening from 5:30-10:30pm Tanya left her family at home and went to the Jail to talk with and pray for​​ ​the women individually. She could only accept 16 in this first Butterfly group. There are already women on the waiting list for next time!

Tanya was a criminal defense attorney for 10 years. The emotional toll eventually became too much for her and she moved to another arena of law. However, since joining Love UnVeiled in November 2015 and experiencing her own freedom and healing, Tanya has had a heart to return to the criminal arena​ to minister in the jails and prisons.​

​Tanya is​ ​now meeting 16 out of the 40 new believers weekly for 12 weeks to disciple them and help them understand what it means to be a new creation, how to grow in their new nature​​​ and understand their new identity and freedom as daughters of God!

Tanya is one more woman who having experienced the transforming power of God ​healing and setting her free​,​ ​is stepping out with boldness and compassion to share His love and truth among others who are broken and oppressed. ​

Prayer Needs:We greatly value your prayer covering for Tanya and these new disciples!​

  • Pray for the 16 women Tanya is discipling every Monday leading them through LUV teaching for healing, identity, transformation and freedom.
  • Pray Tanya is filled with the wisdom and power of the Holy Spirit to bring His truth​ ​​about who they are and who He is, ​alive in their hearts.
  • ​Pray for the women she is meeting individually on Friday nights too, they are so broken and hurting.
  • Pray the DVD player will work, it gives her trouble every time!
  • Pray for the correction officers at the jail. If someone isn’t following the rules they don’t let the person come to class. Yet if the person came to the class we believe this would help​ ​​transform ​their behavior.
  • Pr​ay the Holy Spirit will heal the​ women’s ​hearts​ and transform their minds before they leave the jail and prepare them to live their new life​in ​Jesus.
  • Pray they will believe with all their hearts that God has given them a new name​Daughter, Beloved,​ ​​Precious, ​​Forgiven, ​Redeemed, Restored,​​ ​N​o​ ​​L​onger Forsaken, Hephzibah “My delight is in you!” (Isaiah 62:4).

​Thank you so much for praying for Tanya and these new butterflies who are so very precious in God’s sigh!!!

In His Love,

Liz

Liz Dickson
Founder & Executive Director
Love UnVeiled

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Transform & Multiply – God is moving in France!

Dear friend,

It was so exciting to read Anne’s report last week about what God did at the women’s conference in France. Today, Marie Carmen, Anne’s mother and the visionary behind the conference, sent me an email to thanking you for your prayers and giving. Her update is a powerful witness that even in a secular Western European country, God’s power is transforming women – and the result is multiplication!

Marie Carmen writes…​

​D​​ear co workers in what happened during the women conference in France. Your involvement has been so powerful!  T​hank you so much! 130 women came  ​from all over France, from very different backgrounds and ages but all present with an open heart to receive, all with a grateful attitude.

​The presence and moving of the Holy Spirit was obvious from ​the beginning to the end. The participants were so transparent and real, honest with their needs, and lives have been changed. I can very humbly tell you that it has not been “just a women’s conference” it has been a lot more – it has been a transforming one!

  • I met yesterday a woman at church​ ​​who told me that her husband saw the difference in her when she came back home.
  • We are receiving news of one woman sharing the T​ransformation ​B​ooklet (B​utterfly) in her church,
  • Another woman is organizing a gathering in her home for non believers
  • Some ​women ​are organizing ​an ​event around Christmas to share the gospel.

​They are serious with the commitment they took to be witnesses of the love and freedom Jesus gave them.

​​It is not easy in an email to summarize what happened during those days, but I can tell you that spiritually it has been huge. I am excited to see what the Lord will do in our country through His Daughters. France will not be the same.

Thank you for your prayers, you can be sure that they all have been listened to and answered! What a victory!​May our God bless you abundantly and reward you as he promises for the good you did through your prayers and you spiritual ministry.

With all my humble appreciation of serving together in France and beyond,

Marie Carmen.

Marie Carmen’s daughter Anne also had a huge role in planning and carrying out this conference. She shares Thank you, thank you, thank you ! I felt really supported by all your prayers and encouraging messages, before and during the conference!  Please pray that the women keep in their hearts what they have experienced with God during the conference. May it continue to bless them… and the people around them! -Anne

Thoughts from the women who attended:

“I arrived with heavy burdens (fears, doubts, discouragement…) and God used several persons during the conference to answer every one of my questions! God really reassured me of His love for me, His precious daughter. I am leaving transformed ! My husband noticed it, just speaking with me on the phone, and I can’t wait to share with him all I have discovered this weekend!” – Karine

“Beautiful encounters, authentic discussions, an incredible encouragement to go forward in my walk with God… Simply thanks to the team for those precious moments!” – Christelle

“I’m going back home, highly refreshed and motivated by this wonderful weekend! I strongly desire to spend more time with God, go deeper in my relationship with Him, and discover all the amazing plans and good deeds He has in store for me. I also met many new friends this weekend, and we want to stay in touch!” – Chantal 

 

 

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News Flash from French Women’s Conference

News Flash from French Women’s Conference – Marie Carmen writes:

Dear friends I am in Italy now for a European conference, but I want to let you know that “Avec Zelles” Conference was a real success. Wonderfully blessed. Our God is great and does wonders. I am very grateful and impressed. Thank you for your contribution to that amazing blessing. I will try to give more details later
Love, MARIE Carmen

Thank for you praying for this important event!  I’m sure like me, you’re excited to hear more about what God did at the Avec Zelle -(With Zeal) Conference…thank you Marie Carmen for taking time to send us this brief update.

Please pray for Marie Carmen and Anne and all the women who attended Avec Zelle, as they return home. We know that when we encounter God on the mountain, when revelation has been given, the enemy is waiting for us to return to the valley to snatch the seeds and send arrows of doubt and discouragement. But this is just the beginning of what God is doing among these women – please pray that the seeds GOD has planted will take root and grow into a great harvest, that the revelation given on the mountain top will continue to transform these women’s lives to shine His light and His truth across France!

​Thank you for praying for God’s light to shine brightly in France!
Liz
Liz Dickson
Founder & Executive Director
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Bearing MUCH Fruit – 40 women saved – more set free

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Dear friend, img_3445-2

I can hardly write this letter as my heart is full and my eyes filled with tears of joy. Thank you for praying for our workshop this weekend!  It was an amazing and powerful 4 days!

Our focus was Jesus’ command to abide in Him in order to bear fruit, to pursue intimacy with Jesus and with each other, to know God, and know how God wants to be loved and known.

Although all these women are strong believers, the Holy Spirit brought deep conviction to each woman’s heart about hidden areas of wounding and fear preventing or hindering intimacy with the Lord, with husbands, children or others. As we came into greater understanding of Jesus’ command to abide in Him we found the safety to surrender those fears choosing to pursue intimacy with Him, to yield completely to Him and trust in His love. Every woman testified to greater joy, healing and freedom – and the fruit was almost immediate…

img_3427-2The following day, Tanya our Butterfly from South Florida had her first appointment visiting women in jail. She shared the gospel using The Butterfly Story and to her amazement, the Lord gave her “much fruit”! She later wrote…

Ladies, thank you for your prayers!! The presentations went so amazingly well!! On the conservative side, at least 40 women, half of the women in the jail, accepted Jesus as their savior today. Can you believe that? All praise and honor to him!! I am just a vessel, He does the work!!”

  • Praise God for this abundant fruit! Tanya has been given permission to lead weekly disciple making groups with these women  in the jail!
  • Pray for Tanya as she grows in intimacy with Jesus and abides in Him so that she can bear fruit by feeding these new disciples in His word.
  • Pray these new believers will grow as Tanya leads them in understanding their true identity and freedom in their new relationship in Jesus.img_3420-2

During the workshop, Shelly shared some of her painful journey to deeper intimacy with Jesus. The Lord gave her greater healing and freedom this weekend. On our last night, Shelly received an invitation to visit the Orlando Homeless Coalition, which has been on her heart for many months. That night the Lord used Shelly to minister to a broken woman at the Coalition who was deeply grieving the loss of her husband that day. The leader who invited Shelly told me “Shelly was so amazing. Very compassionate and caring. The Lord used her in a BIG way!”  Through her own journey of pain to intimacy, Shelly is bearing much fruit!

Aliona from Moldova had a very disturbing call from her daughter at school in Minnesota. The next day, Tracie received sad news that her husband’s grandmother who she has known since she was 2 years old, had gone home to be with Jesus. Tracie arranged with her family to fly to Minnesota this week – to the same town where Aliona’s daughter is at school!  Yesterday Tracie delivered in person, a butterfly hug and a love letter from Aliona to her daughter! Of all the cities Tracie could have flown, God placed her in Minnesota to bear fruit to Aliona’s hurting daughter, when she was so many miles away from her family!

We thanked God for providing all the funds Aliona needs for her medical treatment for Hepatitis C virus. However, on the last day of the training I received an additional $200 gift for Aliona from one of our Butterflies. When I met Aliona today to give her the funds, she shared that she was having red tape problems receiving the medicine from India. She needed an additional $200! Praise God, unknown to Aliona, He had already provided her additional need from the abundant fruit given by another Butterfly!

Thank you for praying for our Butterflies! I hope you enjoy these photos from our sweet time together! We praise God for all the fruit He is bearing through these women who are pursuing intimacy with Jesus – we are committed to knowing Him and making Him known!

Please keep praying for the women’s conference in France this weekend!!  They have about 126 women!  I will send their beautiful update tomorrow!

Yours in His love!

​​Liz
Liz Dickson
Founder & Executive Director
Love UnVeiled

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Bear Fruit & Multiply: Please Pray!

Dear friend,

dsc07713-2This evening Butterfly leaders arrive in Orlando from ​Moldova, ​Brazil, South Florida and Orlando, Florida. Please pray for this precious group​ of women who joined our vision to reach women around the world, last November, They are ​committed to the vision, coming back for their third workshop to grow both as disciples and disciple makers.

As I think about God’s passion for us to bear fruit and multiply beginning in Genesis 1:26-28 and continued through Jesus’ Great Commission; “Go into all the world and make disciples” – I believe these women are bringing joy to God’s heart!  As they are experiencing transformation and freedom in their own lives, they are being empowered by the Holy Spirit to multiply. Using the analogy of the Butterfly to transform and multiply, God is using them ​quietly and ​powerfully in their response to obey His Great Commission.   2016-05-14-12-51-22

And they are reaching women in all walks of life – several are reaching women in prison, others are reaching women in their own churches and community, some are reaching women in slums and some are reaching children.  We have a lot to praise God for this weekend!

As much as we are excited about what God is “doing” – I believe the Lord is as much, if not more concerned with who these women are “becoming” – women being transformed into His image, women of deep compassion and truth birthed out of their own experiences of suffering and pain, women totally dependent on Him, women yielded to Him, women growing in intimacy with Him, women who are looking for and longing for His return!

2016-05-13-13-54-54So as I share an overview of what God has been “doing” through these women – I know they want to give God all the glory and thanks for what they are each becoming – because we believe that is what brings Him greatest glory! 

Highlights of what God has been doing (through this group)….

  • South Florida: Tanya has started a Butterfly Leadership and Disciple Making group with 9 women in her church. She has also been given access to a women’s jail in her county where she will start a Butterfly ministry reaching the women in prison, end of this month.
  • Brazil: Marli has started several Butterfly Leadership and Disciple Making groups with women, she has trained leaders in Rehab facilities to share the Butterfly teaching with women in rehab, has taught children’s groups and even had at least one man use the butterfly story to share the gospel in his church.  One of the children produced her own Butterfly video sharing the gospel in Portuguese!
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    . Marli ​also started a Brazil Butterfly group in Orlando after our last workshop, and has recently been invited to start a group in South Carolina!
  • Moldova: ​Angie and Alyona have started a Butterfly Discipleship group, trained some of their staff, and ​have ​been ministering to women in prison.
  • Orlando, Florida: Thanks to the commitment of the leadership in this group from my home church, Avalon Church has women involved in 6 Butterfly Leadership and Disciple Making groups. Kris, Betty, Tracie and Cindy have been involved in leading some of these groups. Joanna led a retreat for college group girls using Butterfly teaching
    ​ on identity​ ​ and ​Shannon has shared teaching with a church in Utah who will use Butterfly teaching for a retreat for girls from very broken situations.

​​​There are many battles and challenges requiring great faith. ​We don’t know what the future holds for any of us, but ​we are united in our desire for intimacy with Jesus, not only to be His hands and feet in a broken world, but to be His heart.

Please pray this weekend ​​that we will grow more and more in His grace and glory

​and in the knowledge of Jesus, so that His light will shine more brightly through us and His fragrance will be a sweet aroma to those around us who need Jesus.

​​I humbly thank the Lord for all that HE is doing. I am deeply aware that we multiply only as much as we “ABIDE” in Him. Without Him we can DO nothing – but if we abide – He has promised we will bear MUCH fruit.

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21.

Liz

Liz Dickson
Founder & Executive Director
Love UnVeiled

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Good News from France!

Dear friend,​

​Thank you to all who helped provide Alyona with the additional funds needed for her treatment in Moldova​! She arrives in Orlando this week for LUV Workshop 3 and it will be a joy to give her your gifts and help her get well again!I have also ​received great news from Anne, our French Butterfly. Two weeks ago Anne asked us to pray for the Agape France (CCC) Students Fall Retreat where she and her husband were speaker​s. ​

Praise God ​she reports ​the ​first new believer ​in France ​to receive Jesusannecy-and-lyon-fall-retreat2through the Butterfly Story​​!​! However – it was not a young French women, as we expected – but a young Mexican man!  An exchange student! God ​’s plans are not our plans! I’m excited to meet this young man in heaven and hear his butterfly testimony!  ​Anne shared what else God did at the Retreat among the student believers and non believers as she shared the Butterfly analogy. Here she writes……

​”​Thanks to this beautiful (Butterfly) metaphor, we were able to tackle many topics, relevant for both believers and non-believers!

We decided to speak on ‘‘Created to be Disciples Who Shine.” We tackled this theme using the metaphor of the caterpillar turning into a beautiful butterfly.

It was a great opportunity to share the message of the Gospel in a creative way, to speak about our new identity as children of God, as well as our role as disciples of Jesus : to know Him and to make Him known!  For when a butterfly realizes it has wings, nothing can prevent it from flying! The same with us : when we truly understand the Gospel and live the freedom that God gives us in Jesus… we naturally shine and spread His fragrance!

It was really interesting to hear the students’ reactions…..

  •  “I loved the image of the butterfly flying freely to higher heights. It’s crazy how Nature is filled with meaningful images!”
  •  “I feel like a butterfly who still carries his cocoon on his back : I’m afraid to fly because I’m afraid of the unknown… But this retreat encouraged me to trust God more”
  • “I really liked the reminder that indeed, we become butterflies (new creatures) when we receive Jesus in our lives, but that we need to learn to live as new creatures when we spend time in God’s presence and let the Holy Spirit transform us”
  • And good news​: ​at the end of the retreat, a student prayed to give his heart to Jesus!! Woohoooo !!!!!  Please pray for Mario : may his faith become stronger and more rooted as he ​​ begins his adventure with God.”

 ​​Praise and Prayer for France:

  • Praise:​ French translation of the ​​LUV Butterfly Story Transformation​ Book is complete and gone to print.
  • Pray: Transformation book will be printed on time for the Women’s Conference November 11.

  • Pray: for Women’s Conference​ “With Zeal” Nov 11; for Marie Carmen, Anne and the team. God has been opening doors and making a way where there seemed no way. Continue to pray for the logistics.

  • ​Pray women will come with expectant and humble hearts to hear from the Lord and be challenges about what He is calling His daughters to be and to do in these days.

  • Pray: that God will fill our Butterflies in France with His boldness, wisdom and power to bring Spiritual transformation to believers and non believers in France!

Thank you for praying for our Butterflies in France!! I can​’​t wait to share with you what God is doing in Brazil ​​​as ​our Butterfly Marli flies to Orlando this week for her third workshop​ – and what God is doing in Orlando and South Florida…..​

I love you
​! Thank​ ​you for praying that God will continue multiplying His kingdom through our Butterflies world wide!

In His love

Liz

Liz Dickson
Founder & Executive Director
Love UnVeiled

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