Dear <<First Name>>,
This week marks my one year anniversary as Executive Director of WOW! I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for embracing me with such a warm welcome this past year. But I must confess…I have been welcomed into this wonderfully generous and loving community long ago! So I must say thank you to you; your participation and support of WOW! over the years has sown greatly into my journey.
I knew of WOW! since its prayer phase, but was not able to partake in their ministries other than as a WIT member until 2015. We had been in the Boston area for 3.5 years while my husband pursued his seminary degree, and it had taken me just as long to begin to find my leadership footing again. I didn’t anticipate it, but multiple major life changes in marriage, moving, and ministry focus all within a few short months took a large toll on my health and my capacity overall. After a long, and oftentimes, dark and lonely road, I found myself leading a women’s group at the church plant we were serving at when I received an email invitation to the WE! conference in fall 2015. I felt compelled to make the trip down to NYC to attend. Upon arriving, for the first time in a number of years, I felt seen and affirmed; reminded of who God has made me in a strong and inviting way. Since that point of reconnection with Rev. Grace and opening my life to Manni and May through the WOW! discernment ministry, WOW! has invited me to journey with them through the different ministries offered, growing in knowledge of myself and God: acknowledging the losses, appreciating the graces, and celebrating the gifts and victories.
I would have never imagined my first year in leadership at WOW! would be under such circumstances in 2020 and these first few days of 2021, yet, somehow, it seems fitting. God’s heart is for redemption and renewal, and that rarely comes on the terms we would willingly choose. The disturbing events of last week have made it clear that the road to healing is long and requires care. God has lovingly used WOW! to open opportunities and redeem shortcomings that I had allowed to become limitations and renewed hopes and dreams that I had cast aside. I pray WOW! can continue to cultivate that safe and life-giving space for many women and men this coming year in identifying, recovering, and recapturing what may have been lost or seemingly taken.