Feel the Hope
"Hope is the anchor of my soul"
Hebrews 6:19 tells us: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure
Spring is right around the corner and so is our 2018 Ladies Spring Retreat.
I am so excited for you because our speaker, Susie Main, has a great sense of humor, and will use that humor to go deep into the word.
At the close of our day together we will have our annual business meeting so be sure and come prepared with any questions or concerns you may have and the board will answer them to the best of our abilities.
This is my second year as your president and I want each of you to know how much I appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as I continue to learn the responsibilities of leading the great women of Oregon. A special thanks goes out to ABW of Oregon
board for their dedication and help.
Our theme for this year is "Feel the hope". Do we not need to have hope?
Our nation is so divined, families are becoming divided and at times we even see churches becoming divided.
We must remember that our hope is found in Jesus Christ and not in the things of this world. May we as Christian women be a pillar of hope and not division in this dark world.
So come away with me and retreat for a day, be refreshed, and drink in the water that flows from the throne!
In 2013 $2000 ABW state funds were given to Walda Reeder of Eastwood Baptist in Medford. These monies went into a fund to assist women "dancers" at a local club to further their education. In 2013 Eastwood Baptist, Medford gave $715 following a presentation on this fund and the ministry to the Office dancers. Another $919 was donated at an ABW women's gathering at Grace Baptist in May 2016. When the total amount reached $5000 a notice was hung inviting interested women to apply. Several did but for a variety of reasons did not follow through.
Then an application was received from Susan (not her real name). Walda has known Susan since March 2011 but was unaware of her ambitions. Susan left home at age 18 and did a variety of jobs including teaching ballet, vet technician and a horseback riding instructor. She is now 35 and submitted scholastic information and references from her professors that showed she was seriously on a path toward getting a BA degree in integrated health services plus an MD. She comes from a family with many in the "medical helping professions", including her mother and grandmother.
Susan is in her second year of college and making good grades even though it had been 15 years since she was last in school. Her professors used phrases like "hard working, dedicated, values her education, strong sense of accountability, determined, proactive in seeking help when needed, clear sense of purpose and desire to constantly improve". Once a week she meets with a small group who are all heading for medical professions and they study and encourage one another. I was most impressed with Susan's passion "to help people". Part of the training in the medical school in Portland, where she plans to apply, will include travelling overseas to several countries with the Doctors Without Borders program. She is very excited about that.
Up to now Susan has financed her education (plus all living expenses) by getting scholarships and financial aid (Pell grants). She has always worked as much as possible while being a full time student. Unfortunately she also has amassed $9700 in loans. Susan convinced me that getting help from us would help her to focus and succeed in her goals. She is confident in her abilities to "become a great doctor someday". I have committed to give her $1500 in funds for the next 3 terms contingent on her continuing to do well. The amount is paid directly to her school where it filters back to her after all school expenses are paid. Please pray for Susan's success. She has a lot of years ahead to accomplish her goals. She is aware of the source of this grant and the hard work by individual Baptist women to raise it. I want you all to know that it is being given to an exceptional woman. Thank you all for making this happen. Walda Reeder
SPRING RETREAT 2018
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Emerald Community Church
9am to 4pm
Mark your calendar, invite a friend, get ready for an amazing day with friends celebrating the joy of the year and looking forward to HOPE!
Speaker: Susie Main, First Baptist Church of Coos Bay