Be Loved Women’s Event
AN UNMATCHED ENCOUNTER WITH THE KING
Revealing the affections of God
Out of Ashes’ Be Loved event has been created to invite and allow God to lead His women in a deeper and more intimate walk with Him. Be Loved, designed in a weekend format, is delivered over a Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning; arriving from 5-7pm on Friday and departing by 11am on Sunday.
The specific details and schedule of the Be Loved weekend are kept quiet as attendees are invited to surrender their expectations to God and allow themselves to encounter Him in the mystery of each moment. This key element of Be Loved is a small reflection of the unknown journey of our everyday walk with Him.
The weekend’s teaching is focused on one full book of the Bible. The content is appropriate for women ages 16 to 116, who are new to Christ or have been walking with God for decades. The Be Loved study is a scriptural look at Christ’s pursuit of His bride through the lens of one who does not know Him, one who recently knows Him as Savior, and one who is a mature lover of Jesus. This weekend is for everyone. This weekend is for you!
Our goal is to develop opportunities for churches to host a Be Loved weekend in each geographical region one time per year. We are excited to partner with churches that wish to extend their invitation to other area churches and their surrounding communities. We enjoy serving a minimum of 75 ladies and a maximum of 400. This allows us to keep costs affordable while keeping the setting both comfortable and personal for the women attending.
Be Loved is held at an overnight retreat or conference center that has sleeping accommodations and meeting facilities. The overnight format is required in order for the ladies to be fully involved in the weekend schedule. Out of Ashes Ministries works closely with our own worship leader and group to create a weekend with an ongoing posture of worship. The Be Loved volunteer crew also oversees a prayer team, decorating team, food team, registration team, and drama team. There are even some special deliveries that take place during the weekend. Every woman attending will receive not only something to commemorate this special weekend, but also a true treasure that will hold significant meaning for her the rest of her years.
So, you are interested in hosting? What is your part? It is simple enough! You provide the word of mouth, the excitement, in promoting the event with the women of your church and community. You provide a few volunteers to serve alongside us. We will take care of the rest. If you are interested in finding out more, or have any questions we can answer…
What others are saying…
“Be Loved was the most incredible experience I’ve ever encountered. It brought me to a place of unconditional love and acceptance that I’ve never experienced before. To be able to have a face to face encounter with my Lord and connect and share with other women was a wonderful experience.
My past hurt, and not feeling loved by family had me in a place of not wanting to be near or hear anything about love, or love from the Father. So, I honestly did not want to go, I said I didn’t have time, didn't want to hear it, blah, blah, every excuse I could think of not to go. I did make the decision to attend, and took the time to go. I was like - okay this will just be a girl weekend, right? NO! It was the BEST weekend of my life! The absolute BEST experience of God's unconditional love for me ever! I learned that I am not alone, and I am loved in a way that I never imagined. I learned who I am, and who I belong too! Being more confident knowing how much I am loved and adored allows me to be free and willing to share this with other women.
This was a great experience to be able to be in the presence of my Lord. This is an experience that EVERY WOMAN should have, and I recommend if you have not had the opportunity to attend Be Loved, you should take the time to do this for yourself, you will not regret it.
Thank you to the Be Loved staff, for making this a lifetime experience I will never forget. My prayers are with you all, to keep showing women God’s true unconditional love!”
Sharon (age 51)
“Be Loved. Something that seems so simple, in fact, is one of the toughest things to do… Be Loved. For me, it’s a lot easier to love others than it is to love myself or even let myself be loved. But this weekend broke down some barriers between me and God. I relinquished disappointments, fear, shame, loneliness, hurt, and brokenness, and in exchange He poured out divine connections, love, transformations, boldness and refreshment. This event fell on a weekend right before the anniversary of losing my mother. And I knew I needed something to look forward to, to keep me from falling in a snare of dread. It’s no coincidence that I found out about this retreat, because with God there are no coincidences. So despite fear trying to convince me otherwise, I mustered up some courage and decided to go. Bless the Lord, because I’m so glad it did. How can I express what God has done without giving away the secrets of Be Loved? Secrets that should be experienced first hand, because hearing about it cannot do it justice. From great friendships, great teaching, and great music, there is so much I would love to share. To be able to connect with amazing woman was a huge thing. To be in a safe setting where we all let down our defenses was so powerful and encouraging. It’s where life change took place. I met people that I felt like I knew my entire life, yet I would have never met them if I had let fear talk me out of coming.
I will share one moment where I felt the love of God crash into me. We were having a special lunch and I feel so loved when someone is cooking for me. As I’m eating this delicious meal, I look around at all the people and several ladies around me had their daughters with them. I begin to cry, full of longing and jealousy, because at that moment, sitting at this beautiful table the Lord prepared for me, I wished my mother was sitting beside me… But she wasn’t. I wanted so badly to share this experience with her and I couldn’t. I felt so lonely in that moment, surrounded, but lonely. Everything in me cried out for that loss. I started to spiral with all the “Whys.” As I began to breakdown with grief, God softly whispered, “What a way to honor her!” I was confused so I asked Him what He meant. I felt the reply of my king as it flooded my heart with His love and dissolved every ounce of fear, grief and sadness.
“To be loved,” He whispered. The way to honor my mother, my best friend, was to let people love on me the way she would have. To sit in the presence of my bridegroom and let Him love me. To be loved whether through Godly women/mothers or a delicious meal. All He wanted was for me to sit there and be loved.”
- Kat age 27
“The Be Loved event is like no other! It is an encounter, something that truly has to be experienced...felt. Learn that our King is consistently pursuing us, passionately loving us, and is preparing a special place for His bride… for you! I personally can’t wait for the bridegroom to return! Make sure you plan to attend the next event! I promise, you will not regret the time spent with your King!”
-Caroline age 48
“I was able to attend a Be Loved event with Out of Ashes and was blown away with how much time and effort was spent to make women feel their true worth and beauty in the eyes of their King. Lori Gano could not have been more genuine or transparent, and the love and passion she has for this ministry and for making women feel valued is evident. So many women miss out on what their King says about them and Lori has set out to show them that with truth, love, and grace through her ministry. I would recommend attending Be Loved to every woman.”
- Courtney age 20
“The Be Loved women’s retreat was a unique and intimate experience with my Lord. My relationship with Christ moved to a new level that weekend. God captivated my heart at this retreat. I am so thankful for Lori’s obedience to bring God’s truth to us. Because of this retreat, I am preparing intently to meet my King, my bridegroom. I am compelled by His love and pursuit of me. His love is relentless. I want to be a wise woman, with never ending focus, always looking for my Groom - awaiting the King! We experienced a unique event where, as His bride, we were presented an opportunity to meet our Groom, as just that…our Groom. My personal experience of standing before my King was overwhelming. His presence was so powerful I was undone. It is impossible to describe. His love enveloped me and I surrendered all of me to all of Him, holding nothing back. He is refining me in this lifetime walk with Him! I am captivated by His love and pursuit of me. I am craving His return!”
Barb age 72