Widows’ ministry prays for GTI at biannual luncheon


Katie Coleman


For the hundreds of women in Southwestern Seminary’s prayer ministry Widows’ Might, the responsibility of praying for Southwestern’s students and faculty is indispensable. First Lady of Southwestern Dorothy Patterson says, “We cannot do any kind of work for God if we are not on our knees and praying.”

Many of these prayer warriors gathered at Southwestern for the biannual Widows’ Might luncheon, Feb. 10, for a time of prayer, fellowship and an opportunity to hear about Southwestern’s work in strengthening theological education around the world. Brent Ray, director of Southwestern’s Global Theological Innovation (GTI), addressed attendees, sharing how God has used Southwestern through GTI, which forms strategic partnerships with seminaries throughout the world. Noting both the logistical and spiritual challenges of accomplishing their goals, Ray urged the women to remember the important role prayer plays in GTI.

“People need Jesus, and leaders need to be trained, and sometimes at a great risk. So we covet your prayers,” Ray said. “Southwestern is in a unique position to give back to these sister seminaries around the world, training leaders, developing libraries and programs, and partnering seminaries with Champion Churches.”

Women also heard the testimony of Samya Freire, a Brazilian “missionary kid” who lived most of her life in west Africa. Reflecting on her life in a family of missionaries, she explained the theme of God’s provision in her life, including the means to move to Fort Worth and study at Southwestern.

“Seminary in itself is a provision and a blessing,” Freire said. “A lot of kids that I grew up with in a third world country will never be able to have an education. It is a luxury that not everyone gets and is a gift for which I am very thankful.”

Continuing with the theme of prayer for both international missions and theological education, Freire asked the women to pray for students who will serve overseas. “When you are on the mission field, you realize how prayer is important and how nothing is accomplished without it,” she said. “[My family] has always said that our number one weapon is prayer.”

During the gathering, women enjoyed a time of fellowship and a special musical performance by two Master of Music students: saxophonist Seung Joon Shin and pianist Jihee Yu. Concluding the event, many attendees were gifted with special giveaway items as an expression of Southwestern Seminary’s gratitude for faithful prayers.