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OBHC Hosted Fifth Annual Women of Compassion Event

Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) hosted its fifth annual Women of Compassion event at The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa on Saturday, April 14.

184 women joined Women of Compassion this year.

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.”

Amy Frazier led a special time of worship.

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.

Christian author, Kristy Cambron, offered a special word of encouragement.

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 shonda.flowers@obhc.org.

 

Baptist Home for Girls to Host Annual Fish Fry

 

Baptist Home for Girls (BHG) hosts its Annual Raymond Gary Fish Fry in Madill on Saturday, April 21, starting at noon.

“Please, join us for food, fun and fellowship at our Annual Raymond Gary Fish Fry,” said Stephen Wiese, BHG administrator. The event is open to the general public. “All are welcome and we would love to have you join us.”


The event is held on the BHG campus, located at 13976 Anthony Lane in Madill. The fish fry will be held behind the gymnasium.

Residents of BHG will provide entertainment of the day, including Speechless, a sign language ministry. Food will be served by the girls and staff on campus.

“I want to personally thank people in our community for continually supporting and helping us empower children and their families to follow Jesus Christ,” said Wiese. “The residents and staff are looking forward to celebrating our friendships with fish and entertainment.”

While there is no cost to attend, donations are encouraged. All funds raised will go toward general expenses of the campus to benefit the children in BHG’s care. The event averages approximately 200-300 people in attendance.

BHG is a ministry of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC). OBHC is the largest provider of private, not-for-profit, residential childcare in the state. OBHC does not charge for services or accept government funds. The mission of OBHC is to demonstrate God’s love by providing hope through empowering children and their families to follow Christ.

For more information about BHG or the fish fry, please visit www.obhc.org/BHG or call 580-564-2218.

FORGIVEN AND SET FREE!

When I first called Hope Pregnancy Center in 2014, I was broken and felt completely hopeless. My daughter told me of an abortion recovery program offered at Hope called Forgiven and Set Free. She thought it might help me. I wanted to ignore her suggestion, but I desperately needed help to find the forgiveness Jesus offered. I didn’t know what to do. I was hopeless.

Let me back-up several decades. Just a few years after I asked Jesus to save me, I had an abortion. I made the decision to abort my first child instead of facing my parents with the truth of my actions. Did I fully realize what I was doing? No. Did I pray about my decision? No. Did I have anyone or anyplace I could go to for help? I didn’t think so. I took the “easy way out.” And it did seem easy. Until later, after I married and I got happily pregnant with my next child.

Being pregnant was when I began to understand what I had done. How could I have had an abortion? How could I do something like that and be a Christian? Would God forgive me? How could He forgive me? Maybe God would punish me by taking my baby.

Through the years and a second pregnancy, I took myself to the altar many, many times to ask for God’s forgiveness, but the guilt and the shame always returned. I thought, maybe I am not saved, and back to the altar I’d go. I would give up for a while, refusing to even think about my salvation because I believed God couldn’t love me. Then a sermon or a verse would tell of God’s love and His good promises and I would try again. Maybe I can be good enough. Maybe I can deny myself friends or nice things. Maybe I can punish myself and God will feel sorry for me. However, nothing worked! I felt good for a couple of weeks or so, then something would happen in my life and the cycle would begin again. Shame! Guilt! Self-loathing! No hope of salvation! No hope at all!

I finally called Hope Pregnancy Center, but I was scared to death! I had never spoken openly about “the abortion” to anyone. However, the young lady on the phone said, “Honey, I know exactly what you are going through. I’ve been right where you are and it will be alright.” And it was.

Forgiven and Set Free taught me about the true character of our amazing God and helped me face the truth of my actions in His sight. This Bible study helped me accept what I had done, and helped me forgive others who contributed to my decision. I am so thankful for the facilitator and women that walked through the study with me and helped me openly acknowledge my first child. Forgiven and Set Free helped me face my Savior, trusting in His faithfulness and taught me how to openly repent of my sins – not just the sin of abortion, but also the sins that lead up to the abortion. It taught me through the truth of God’s Word, how to fully receive HIS beautiful gift of forgiveness. I now have hope because I am saved and have been truly set free!

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says:
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

By the end of my class, I understood fully why I had struggled against God for 43 years; I was only focused on what I had done instead of what Jesus had done for me. When I could truly accept the truth and received God’s gift of forgiveness my heart soared with joy. My heart then turned to other women who have not found forgiveness in Christ. It became my desire to be a part of the Abortion Recovery Ministry at Hope. In 2015, He blessed me with the opportunity to facilitate the Forgiven and Set Free Bible studies at Hope Pregnancy Center North and I have witnessed miracles there. The classes have been small, only two or three in each group, but God’s healing has been huge! One beautiful woman accepted Christ as her Savior during the class. Three others have gone on to share their stories publicly after years of secrecy. All of these beautiful ladies have received God’s healing and have great joy in their hearts as they serve Christ. These ladies and their stories have become a part of my heart.

Thank you for listening to my story, caring about women like me and for giving us hope.

Kathy Williams