WOMEN OF COMPASSION CIRCLE
“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” — CS Lewis
While the Florida sun is still shining hot in September, I can’t relate to Lewis’ description of a good fire. But I can identify with the pleasure of spending time with other Christian friends. The opportunity to be with other ladies whose hearts are tender toward the needs of children is what I love about Women of Compassion (WOC).
Our circle of Women of Compassion members reaches all the way to the Panhandle. Last month, women gathered on the Tallahassee campus for the North WOC event. Featuring the “Get in the Picture” theme, ladies enjoyed spending time with the girls on the Tallahassee Campus and posing for silly pictures in tiaras and funny hats. Sorrell Fields, Director of Development for the Panhandle area, shared about the day, “Through each speaker and song the women were drawn into a deeper sense of His presence and encouraged to say ‘yes’ to His prompting of getting more involved in the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.”
“We are pleased to announce the winning project for the WOC Panhandle event will provide a much needed upgrade to the kitchen and bathroom of a cottage on the Miami Campus.
Thank you, Women of Compassion, for your generosity!”
I want our circle of Christian ladies, who want to make a difference in the lives of children, to keep growing. That’s why I’m already thinking about who I’ll be inviting to our next forum on February 15, 2013 to share in “Cups of Kindness.” I’m thankful my friend invited me a couple of years ago to a WOC event. I immediately loved the heart of the ministry of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and wanted to help. As women, we invite our friends to go shopping or have lunch, so let’s invite them to a day of tea and fellowship. They’ll enjoy the nationally known, witty and easy-to-relate-to bible teacher, Lisa Harper. And they’ll also have the opportunity to say “yes” to God’s invitation to help children in need.
At the WOC event in Tallahassee, MacKenzie Small shares her story of how God is painting a new picture for her life.
Mackenzie Small came to the FBCH hurting and skeptical that there could be a God who loved her. She says that her house parents explained the Bible to her and showed her God’s love. Now she’s a college student studying Biblical Counseling at the Baptist College of Florida.
“The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes is full of stories of children who have had the opportunity to be delivered from tragic circumstances through the care and support of amazing people of God, and ultimately, God Himself. I am simply just one of these stories,” says Mackenzie.
Looking forward to the great pleasure of spending time with a circle of Christian ladies around a table set for tea!
Plan ahead for “Cups of Kindness,” Friday, February 15, 2013, our annual WOC forum. With a Victorian tea-party theme, this dainty day of delightful treats will also serve up a nationally known speaker, Lisa Harper. Harper has spoken at national women’s ministry events such as Women of Faith and Focus on the Family conferences. She is described as a witty storyteller and easy-to-relate-to Bible teacher. Speaker Priscilla Evans Shirer describes her this way: “If anyone can help us to hear, understand and receive the truth of scripture it is Lisa Harper. Her God-given ability to not merely teach the Word but package it in a way that stirs the heart and calls to action is incomparable. When she speaks ears perk up.”