Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) hosted its fifth annual Women of Compassion event at The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa on Saturday, April 14.
Women of Compassion began in 2014, with 112 members in its inaugural year. It started as an opportunity to gather like-minded women from Oklahoma in support of causes they care about. Every year, grant requests are submitted and members vote how their donations will be invested in support of the cause they feel has the biggest need. One hundred eighty four women of all ages and denominations joined Women of Compassion this year, with the total number of donations surpassing $186,000.
The theme of the yearly event is “Cups of Kindness.” Women from across Oklahoma gathered to hear a great speaker, worship together, fellowship with one another and vote which cause they desire to support.
“Women of Compassion has made such an impact on the ministries of OBHC by filling the different needs we have year after year,” said Shonda Flowers, OBHC Development Representative. “After five years, I am amazed how our group has continued to grow every year. The generosity of Women of Compassion is contagious and our women have told their friends about their excitement.”
This year’s first $50,000 grant winner was to fund cottage renovations on the Madill campus to include the Children’s Hope program. Children’s Hope is a program which assists single mothers and their children in need of help, teaching competent parenting skills, financial accountability, training and sharing Christ’s love. Renovations for two cottages will allow much needed space to accommodate four single-mother families. The second $50,000 grant was awarded to Baptist Children’s Home, Owasso, to repair asphalt roads and a 20-year-old walking trail used for exercise, as well as a new riding lawn mower for the 40-acre campus. To support the ongoing ministries of OBHC, the remaining $86,000 will be used to assist all programs of OBHC which includes residential care, Children’s Hope, Hope Pregnancy Centers, LifeWize and One Such Child.
The event’s keynote speaker was author Kristy Cambron, who spoke from Luke 24, and provided a challenging message to those in attendance to “walk with a posture of expectancy” and be reminded that “God doesn’t leave us when we think we’re lost.” Worship was led throughout the event by Amy Frazier, an Oklahoma native. Breakfast and lunch were served, and boutique-style vendors were available before the event.
Four-year member, Michelle Marshall, says supporting Women of Compassion offers a unique way for her to give. “You get to see directly where your money is going and the immediate effect of giving and the lives who are being changed.” Linda Gaither attended the event for the first time, but has been a multi-year member. She said, “My heart just goes out to these young children who have been dealt a hand that they didn’t have any control over, and they have a need that I just can’t stand not to be met, so I do what I can to help.”
To join for the 2019 vote, visit www.obhc.org/WOC or call Sherry at (405) 942-7917 to set up monthly installments. Annual membership is $1,000 and benefits the ministries of OBHC. For more information about Women of Compassion or the ministries of OBHC, please visit www.obhc.org or email Shonda at email@example.com.