For nearly 20 years, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, a well-known conservative Christian speaker, has traveled throughout North America and abroad sharing her burden for revival and the mission of world evangelization.
On May 29 and 30, DeMoss, director of publications and women's ministries and the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine for Life Action Ministries, a revival-based ministry in Niles, Mich., will come to Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill. She will minister to a gathering of women at the "Revive Our Hearts" conference.
The conference, which is called "a life-changing weekend for women," is presented by the Alachua Baptist Association, which represents Citrus, Hernando and Sumter counties.
Citrus County resident and optometrist, Dr. Julie Howard, is the director of women's ministries for the Alachua Baptist Association and helped organize the event.
"This is going to be a real spiritual renewal for women, a special time to meet with the Lord," Dr. Howard said. "It is different than most women's conferences, because the focus is directed not on the how to's of Christian living, but what the Lord is saying to you personally and meeting with the Lord. The opportunity to take time to hear what the Lord says through Nancy and to pray about it right then."
Although the association represents only three counties, committee member Karen Maddox says the event is open to all. "Nancy is a national speaker, and "Nancy is a national speaker, and we are very lucky to have her because we are in a rural area." Maddox said. "She is going to speak on being pure, holiness and the bride and the bridegroom, which is Christ, and ask us if we are ready to meet the Lord. It is an application of Scriptures for today with everything being based on the cleansing of sin and then moving forth with joy."
Another well-known Christian speaker and author, Kay Arthur, is quoted in a DeMoss pamphlet. "Nancy is not only a special friend, but she is a woman the Lord uses to provoke me to holiness. Her passion for God, her integrity before Him, her reliance on the power of the Word delivered in the power of the Holy Spirit, makes her a special woman for this hour. Our hearts beat the same," Arthur writes.
Maddox said organizers are expecting 500 to 1,000 women at the conference. She said that women's conferences are being organized throughout the country at an increasing rate.
"I think women are realizing the need to minister to one another. It is not just a fellowship, which is a important part, but a time to minister and help each other," she said.
Maddox said that she has found that the success of a women's group is threefold within the Christian community.
"It must have the Bible as the center of it and the focus of the group. That means that all of our conversations will come back and focus in on what Scripture says, because women today don't have time to set around in shallow chat," she said.
"The group needs to begin (the gathering) on time and end on time and its focus needs to be on issues relevant to their lives, making Scripture applicable to a woman's life," she said.
Maddox also agrees with Life Action Ministries' biographical sketch of DeMoss. "A compelling speaker, Nancy makes the Scriptures come alive and urges personal obedience to its truths. She communicates a love for the Word and for the Lord Jesus that is infectious," the group writes.
The conference is May 29 and 30 at Northcliffe. The cost is $28 per person before May 8 and $33 per person after May 8. For information, call (800) 707-7799.