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Woman's World 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 4:30pm to Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 3:30pm

This year's conference will be held as scheduled.  Dee Brestin looks forward to sharing with you.

Woman's World is a non-denominational overnight event that helps women understand their significance in God's eyes. The program includes practical seminars, a dynamic keynote speaker, buffet meals, times of worship, and lots of other surprises. It will be a fun and inspirational break from the winter months. Woman's World has been a ministry of Manhattan Christian College since 1978.

Dee Brestin

The keynote speaker will be Dee Brestin. Her first book was The Friendships of Women which became a classic. That was the beginning of Dee’s ministry, for that book sold over a million copies.  For 25 years Dee has profoundly impacted the hearts of women through her internationally published Bible studies. She recently paired with Kathy Troccoli to do the Trilogy Falling in Love with JesusThe God of All Comfort: Finding Your Way Into His Arms was released in 2009 which sprung out of her own grief journey after losing her husband, at the age of 59, to colon cancer. Her latest book, Idol Lies, is a soul searching Bible study that leads readers to face the truth about their deepest desires.  For more information about Dee’s ministry visit

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Schedule of Events

Lodging | Scholarship Offering | Miscellaneous

Seminar Descriptions (alphabetical order by title):

Be Successful at Being Yourself, Cindy Swinney, Lincoln, NE
Our culture tells us that we’re not good enough, skinny enough, smart enough, pretty enough and more.  It’s tough to tune out, but don’t let it get you down.  Our challenge is to believe the Word and not the World! God loves you and He has a plan for you, just the way you are.

Bible Women Were Tough!, Natalie Holdren, Manhattan, KS
Do you see yourself in the prominent women of the Bible?  Their lives had ups and downs, their relationships were not perfect, they didn’t always see eye-to-eye with their spouses, and individually they had strengths and weaknesses.   This Bible study will help us see that the issues we face today are nothing new and that the experiences of these biblical role models can give us courage and direction.

Caring for the Fatherless, Gayly Conrad, Minneola, KS
Scripture commands us to help orphan children.  Whether they are in the United States or overseas, the church has a specific role in their care.  As a homeschooling mother of five (3 adopted from China), Gayly will share what their family has learned about God, his faithfulness, and His love for all of His children.  

Christians with Addictions, How Can This Be?, Linda Lucas, Topeka, KS
Led by the Program Director for Detox at Valeo Recovery Center, this discussion will cover what addictions are, how they are treated, and how Christians are affected. Our Higher Power is ready to help with the guilt, shame, family dysfunction, and more that comes with learning how to deal with and how to manage addiction. 

Defying Gravity, Debbie Kilgallin, Rochester, MN
Accountability is not as scary as you think. “If one person falls, the other can reach out and help.” Ecc. 4:10a  But what if you didn’t fall?  What if Jude 24 was true, “To him who is able to keep you from falling…”?  Come explore the biblical model of accountability and how it can keep us from falling, breaks our fall, or help us learn to walk again (even if it is with a limp) after a fall.

Finishing Well, Eva Maxwell, Centennial, CO
There are over 72 million baby boomers in the United States and every 7 seconds another one turns 50!  We know that life is more than half over and that we don’t get the prize unless we finish well. But, we are tired and life looks a whole lot different than it did 30, 20, or even 10 years ago. What does God want and expect of me on this part of life’s journey? Do I ever get to rest?  We will talk about Titus 2 ministry, mentoring, legacy and how we can finish the race well.

Get to Know Him, Kevin Ingram, Manhattan, KS
God is your heavenly Father and He desires a growing relationship with you.  He is without measure and His love and care for you know no boundaries.  This session will give you a personal look into the many different attributes of God and how He alone is worthy of our praise.  

Heaven and Hell, Marcy Cassel, Manhattan, KS
This world is not our home. Those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior welcome the opportunity to enjoy what’s waiting for them in Heaven. But, hell has been prepared for those who do not know Jesus. It is an ominous place that we don’t talk about very much. Come and explore the eternal consequences for the choices we make on earth.  This study will challenge you to ponder, pray, study, and prepare.

Hope and Healing for Brokenness, Jennie Brightup, Wichita, KS
As a friend it can be overwhelming when someone confides the secret of sexual abuse or abortion.  What do we say? How can we provide loving support? What if that is MY story? Jennie will address these sensitive topics from the viewpoint of a Marriage and Family Therapist—the prevalence, how it affects families and individuals, and how to minister to those suffering from sexual trauma or abortion loss.

Hope for Haiti, Scott Johannes, Marshalltown, IA
Global Vision Citadelle Ministries will distribute the hundreds of pairs of flip flops that attendees are donating this weekend.  This organization is ministering thousands for Christ throughout Haiti.  In addition to ongoing pastor/teacher training, its outreach includes 45 churches, 35 schools and an 80-bed orphanage.  Come and hear how your church can get involved in a short or long-term project.  

Lean on God, Not Yourself, Reasa Grogg, Manhattan, KS
To a Muslim country and back again, journey with the Grogg family as they prepared to go overseas with Team Expansion to build relationships and share the Gospel.  As the mother of a young family, this will be Reasa’s story about what she has learned about relying on God in a foreign land and now back home readjusting to life in the United States.

Parenting Adult Children, Lisa Ingram, Manhattan, KS
When your son or daughter grows up and moves out, your relationship changes and it’s important to understand your new role.  When do they want your advice and when do they want you to just listen?  How do you develop a relationship with their spouse or “dating companion”? This session will focus on parenting from a distance and how to support their independence and new life.

Prescription for Stale Devotions, Alisha Paddock, Manhattan, KS
Lectio Divina  (Latin for “Divine Reading”), is a Medieval practice of reading Scripture that focuses on prayer, contemplation and communing with the Spirit.  This session will explore the history of this prayer-form as well as give practical guidelines for adopting this method into your daily Bible reading and approaching Scripture in a whole new way.

Ruthless Trust, Becky McDonald, Manhattan, KS
Trust in God is confidence in Him; it knows that He is going to care for you; it relies on Him to meet your needs. From serving as a missionary in Africa and China, to leading at a K-12 Christian school, Becky has experienced first-hand how to lean on God when it is tough to lean. Her personal testimony will encourage you to believe that He is dependable and He wants the best for you.

Serving God in the Workplace, Dr. Christy Moran Craft, Manhattan, KS
Many of us spend a significant amount of time away from home in the workplace.  How can we make a difference for the Kingdom of God while there?  This seminar will discuss the importance of living for Christ while at work and will share ways in which we can express our faith on the job.

Starting Over with Prayer, Debbie Hagenmaier, Randolph, KS
Change is hard.  Whether it is something in your personal life, your work life, or your church life, change is stressful and not something we look forward to.  But God does not want us to worry about anything, instead He wants us to pray about everything.  This session will include practical tips about how to incorporate prayer into every aspect of your life.

Shoestring Budget Creativity, Heidi Zizz, Stockton, KS
This will be a practical seminar about organizing and decorating your home on a small budget.  This ministry-minded wife and mother will share her secrets for maintaining her home as a source of strength and encouragement for her family.  With a little creativity, she will show you how you can have peace of mind when everything has its place. 

Who is God When Hope is Hard to Find?, Maureen and Melanie Lee, Leavenworth, KS
Is God truly almighty?  Is He truly the God of peace?  Is He really the All-Sufficient One?  God seemed hardest to reach when my 19-year old daughter became seriously ill and no prayer seemed sufficient.  Come learn about the importance of focusing on all of the attributes of God, both in your daily walk and in times of great need.

Hotel Options:  All conferees are responsible for making their lodging arrangements.  Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the hotels listed below.  To reserve a room:

  • Call the hotel of your choice.
  • Identify yourself as a participant of MCC Woman’s World
  • Guarantee the room with a credit card as requested.
  • Deadline for making a reservation is January 22, 2013.
  • All rooms are quoted at a flat rate for up to four people in a room.
  • Rooms will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis as they are cleaned and made available.

Clarion Hotel, $78 + tax
530 Richards Rd, (785) 539-5311
This hotel is becoming a Four Points Sheraton
Indoor Pool, Jacuzzi, Retaurant

Holiday Inn at the Campus, $109.95 + tax
1641 Anderson Ave, (785) 539-7531
Across the street from the Kansas State University Union
Indoor Jacuzzi, Restaurant

Parkwood Inn and Suites, $82 + tax
505 S. 17th Street, (785) 320-5440
Hot breakfast, Memory Foam Beds

Quality Inn and Suites, $75 + tax
150 E. Poyntz Avenue, (785) 770-8000
Indoor Pool, Jacuzzi, and Continental Breakfast

Scholarship Offering
A free will offering, collected during the Saturday luncheon session is an integral part of the Woman’s World tradition.  Since 1984, this offering has been awarded the following year as scholarships to deserving female students for their next academic year.  These awards can only be used at Manhattan Christian College for educational purposes.

Your contribution supports higher Christian education and directly impacts the lives of future Christian leaders.  Thank you for your consideration.

Resources Available:  MP3s, CDs and DVDs of the three main sessions will be made available by Christian Audio Tapes of Bridgeport, IL.  The 18 seminar sessions will also be recorded and can be purchased on MP3 or CD.  Prices for these resources will range from $5 for MP3s, to $6 for CDs, and $8 for DVDs.  Special quantity discounts will also be available at the conference.

What to Bring:  Comfortable clothes, your Bible, a note pad, an open heart, a spirit of fun and laughter, and a desire to worship and grow in Christ.

Special Services:  Interpreters for the deaf will be available upon request prior to the conference.

No provision has been made for child care at the conference.