What is Bethany Association?
We are women who have heard God call us personally to live a life set apart for him and his kingdom. We live out our response to God’s call through a commitment to intentional singleness—living “single for the Lord”—alongside married couples, families, and single people, as active members of The Sword of the Spirit, an international, ecumenical, charismatic “community of communities.”
“Although I had known the happiness of being loved and being in love in a romantic relationship, God called me to consider loving him above any other and I felt happy to close the door to marriage. Some people only see the cost of my call, what I have given up. But I’ve chosen this life freely with joy, because I heard a personal call to follow Christ along the narrow but fulfilling path that Jesus, the apostle Paul, and others have walked before me.”
— Mags, European Representative, Bethany Association Council
Currently members of Bethany Association reside in local communities of The Sword of the Spirit located in Ecuador, Northern Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines, and throughout the United States as well as “on mission” in Thailand.
“I've been impressed with God’s determination to bring the association into existence. God has chosen and called sisters from different places to be visible to the next generation.”
— Jeanne Kun, Former President, Bethany Association Council
The First Council of the Bethany Association (left to right): Mags (Northern Ireland), Beth Melchor (Philippines), Samy Samaniego (Mexico), Jeanne Kun (USA), Sherry Snyder (USA)