Celebrating Extraordinary Women by gifting them with #thecareSHEneeds
Dear <<First Name>> ,
Women’s History Month is an ideal time to celebrate the strong, brave, and fearless women who have impacted us by gifting them with #thecareSHEneeds spiritual care package.
John 11:5–33 shows us that Jesus cared for women. He ate with them. He taught them. He wept with them and stayed two days longer than he anticipated to grieve and comfort. He returned back to Judea at the risk of getting stoned to help Martha and Mary.
God understands how we are made. He himself lived in a physical body and experienced physical exhaustion and pain that overwhelms.
In these unprecedented times, many are unsure how we can extend care for one another, let alone feel equipped and have the capacity to help. Yet we know Jesus does not shepherd us from a distance.
In addressing these concerns and in honor of Women’s Month, WOW! is offering a unique selection of ministries as care packages including half day silent retreats. These gifts provide emotional & spiritual care for the treasured women in your life.
If you’ve experienced our Refresh Silent Retreat, Spiritual Direction, or Discernment, then you know how intimate our God is. Give #thecareSHEneedsto someone who can benefit from having an intimate space to rest, reflect, and be refreshed.
Let this year be an opportunity to bring relief and hope to women. As we know, women are the backbone to a resilient and stronger community. Together, we want to be a community that not only endures, but cultivates recovery and growth.
“Stressors that can lead to anxiety and depression are prevalent in the American culture — especially in the church. We’re juggling so many things, trying to do everything. I think we have such high expectations of ourselves that we get tired and discouraged...Christian women often carry the weight of ministry commitments in addition to trying to be good friends, wives and moms. That sometimes causes women to ignore their own needs.”
Women hold 78% of all hospital jobs, 70% of pharmacy jobs and 51% of grocery store roles. Consequently, women are more likely to be exposed to the virus.
-2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
2 out of every 3 caregivers in the United States are women, meaning they provide daily or regular support to children, adults, or people with chronic illnesses or disabilities. Women who are caregivers have a greater risk for poor physical and mental health, including depression and anxiety. The COVID-19 pandemic can add even more stressors to caregiving.
I found myself missing God. I invited Him to speak and there He was. He’s a gentleman like that. He understands when we don’t understand. He will wait. And then I had this moment where in my heart of hearts I said, “I’ve missed You!”
And then I received an invitation out of the blue to participate in a cohort of women who were seekers. To learn about spiritual direction and soul care. I felt timid about doing this but felt a nudge to go ahead and join.