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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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 email@example.com.