SPRING HILL — As Florida's rainy season winds down, Pastor Ellen Bilsborough is praying for a different kind of rain to fall during her Rain 2015 women's conference next month at Great Life Church.
"The name for the conference came from a desire to raise hope, faith and love in each woman's heart (to say) 'Holy Ghost Fire, rain on me,' " Bilsborough explained. "Like a fresh rain from above, God wants to pour his love over us."
Bilsborough has ministered to women alongside her husband, the Rev. Steve Bilsborough, for more than 30 years with a "heart and passion to see each and every woman be all they can be for God," she said.
She hopes this conference will encourage women in that direction.
"We want to inspire each woman toward a life knowing that there is a God above that loves us so much," Bilsborough said.
The three-day event begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 15. Sessions on Oct. 16 are at 10 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m. The conference will conclude with a session at 10 a.m. Oct. 17.
Bilsborough has invited three women to join her as speakers at the conference. Combined, they hope to reach out to women of all ages and stations in life.
Veteran women's conference speaker Donna Schambach, the daughter of evangelist R.W. Schambach, will bring an evangelistic message and also speak about missions.
"I like the fact that she brings a rich legacy and a heritage," Bilsborough said.
Sarah Duron will minister to younger mothers by sharing her personal testimony of going from a bad marriage, where her husband deserted her and her children, to being loved by a strong, Christian husband. She will share how God brought her through tough times.
College student Victoria Bilsborough, daughter of the pastors, will speak to young teenage girls about their next step in life, emphasizing their relationship with God.
Ellen Bilsborough will open the Thursday night session, speaking with women who want to serve God in their careers.
"All the age groups will be at every session," Bilsborough said. "It doesn't matter what they've been through or what the course of their life is; each and every one of us has a unique presentation. We all come together under one theme and we all want the same thing."
Bilsborough decided to offer the conference for free so that no woman will be deterred from coming. Offerings will be taken for those who would like to contribute. Child care will be provided for children age 4 and under.
A continental breakfast Friday morning is also free. The cafe will be open between services if women would like to bring a lunch. Nearby restaurants will also be available during the breaks. T-shirts, books and other items may be purchased.
Registration can be done online at rainconference2015.com or by calling the church at (352) 293-7673. There is no deadline for registration.
There will be no set structure to the sessions, Bilsborough said, wanting the Holy Spirit to guide the times of praise and worship that will be accompanied by a live band and singers during each meeting. Those attending will have an opportunity to give their testimonies. Prayer time will be included as well.