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A year of empowering women, despite the challenges!

It is always fun to look back and reflect on what God has done over the course of a year, but I am sure that we all agree that this year has not looked the way any of us expected it to look. 

Our 2020 vision got blurry really fast, but WE (Women’s Empowerment) all locked arms and continued to gather, pray, and serve. God did some amazing things in spite of the uncertainty and challenges. 

  • WE gathered over 100 women on Zoom for Hope for Her at Home in April, June, and September.  
  • WE prayed for our sisters in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. 
  • WE also served in all three countries, even though our serving looked a little different this year.

In Haiti, we awarded two high school graduates with the very first Women’s Empowerment Scholarship that covers a two year IT program at the Mission of Hope Technical School.

In the Dominican Republic, we supported the COVID-19 response that helped supply food to needy families when the country was under mandatory quarantines and lockdowns.

In Guatemala, we built Maria and her four children a new home and helped fund the Widows Project, which provides meals for elderly women, for an entire year. 

WE have always been able to do more together, and in spite of all the uncertainty and challenges, this year has been no exception. 

I was recently challenged by one of my pastors, Dennis Henderson, when he said that the end of the year is always a good time to take a deep breath and inhale spiritually. He said, “We have never been more excited for the ball to drop, but that’s not going to change anything, really. When that ball drops, there’s not going to be magic. There is still going to be a world that is hurting; it’s the heart that’s got to change.” 

As we look ahead to 2021, let’s try to silence all the tension and negative things that are impacting us and refresh our hearts and our purpose. Be ready for what God would have you do in the new year, no matter what may come. 

Last year at this time, Haiti was in chaos, and I shared a prayer with you that, when changed just a bit, is relevant for all of us today. As often as you can, will you join with me in this prayer for our sisters all around the world?

Lord Jesus, I pray that the truth of who You are would be evident to people all over the world during this Christmas season. You are our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). I pray that the truth of who You are will be a beacon of hope to all mothers that are struggling to experience peace. 

As the world still experiences uncertainty, we know that there is a mom who is raising a future teacher or doctor, a future mechanic or carpenter. There is even a mother raising a child who will be the future president someday. There are mothers all over the world who need a miracle today. Please guard their hearts and protect them from harm. 

We are claiming that peace will be restored to all nations and that it will destroy any authority attached to the chaos that exists. Help these mothers know that they are seen and loved, and that their sisters in Christ will not forget them in their desperation as they care for their children through this unexpected season of life.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Please join us on January 21st for Hope for Her at Home. We will be celebrating all that God did in 2020, and we will kickoff what WE will be doing in 2021.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!