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Cups Filled with Kindness

Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children hosted its fourth annual Women of Compassion banquet at Devon Energy Center on Saturday, April 1.

“I am totally amazed each year at the generosity of our women. This year was no different with an astonishing 174 members,” said Shonda Flowers, OBHC development representative. “Women of Compassion has contributed over $575,000 in just four short years. It is simply amazing what can happen when we all come together.”

Two Women of Compassion members adorned in floral attire smile for a photograph.

The theme of the yearly event is “Cups of Kindness.” Women from across Oklahoma gathered to listen to a dynamic speaker, worship, and fellowship. Members also voted on how their funds will be invested to provide hope to children and families through the ministries of OBHC and Hope Pregnancy Centers.

OBHC President Greg McNeece speaks to Women of Compassion members about the impact of their generosity.

174 women of all ages and denominations joined Women of Compassion, with the total number of donations surpassing $174,000. Rochelle Frazier was the lunch’s keynote speaker, while Josh and Kiley Edington, worship pastors at Crossings Community Church, sang and led worship throughout the event.

Josh and Kiley Edington lead worship while women of all ages and denominations gathered in Oklahoma City.

Annual membership is $1,000 and benefits the ministries of OBHC. The event was from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast and lunch were provided and vendor tables were offered before event.

Women of Compassion members and guests stand to sing worship songs.

Author Rochelle Frazier speaks to members and guests during the gathering.

Rachael Blevins, a Women of Compassion charter member, said this year’s event was wonderful. “It’s really great to see people gather together to help others. I had a real blessed time getting to see old friends as well as make some new friends.” Blevins and her sister were both former residents of the original Baptist Children’s Home. The campus was located on NW 63rd and Pennsylvania Avenue from 1907 to 1983.

Women of Compassion members Toni Chesser, Rachael Blevins, Sue Reynolds, and Debbie Buchanan stop to pose for a photo on Devon Energy Center’s 50th floor.

The grant submission receiving the most votes for $50,000 was Baptist Children’s Home, Owasso’s request for a security fence, sidewalk, and the renovation of their transitional living apartment. The second grant submission with the most votes for $50,000 was Hope Pregnancy Centers’ request for Trophon ultrasound disinfectant machines, bibles, prenatal books, and life-like baby models. A third grant of $74,000 goes to support all campuses and ministries of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children.

Residents from Baptist Children’s Home, Oklahoma City sing a song while members enjoy dessert.

Barbara Bohlander from Guymon is a two-year member with a personal connection to OBHC. “My oldest daughter was adopted from the children’s home 45 years ago, so this ministry is near and dear to my heart,” she said. “What’s important is these women coming together to do projects that would otherwise take a long time to do.”

Women from across the state of Oklahoma join for a group photo in Devon Energy Center.

To join for the 2018 vote, visit www.obhc.org/women-of-compassion or call Sherry Peck at (405) 942-7917 to set up monthly installments. For more information about Women of Compassion or OBHC, please visit www.obhc.org or email Shonda Flowers at shonda.flowers@obhc.org.

 

With gratitude,

Lauren Capraro

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