Women of Compassion 2016
Women Reaching for Jesus, Helping Children
More than 150 Women of Compassion members and guests gathered for the Annual Cups of Kindness event held April 9, 2016, at The Mayo Hotel in Tulsa, Okla. Generous and caring women from across the state of Oklahoma came together to celebrate what God is doing at OBHC, enjoy fellowship and shopping at vendor boutiques, and award not one, but two $50,000 grants to important projects at OBHC campuses.
Kate Eacret, assistant administrator at Baptist Homes for Children, Owasso, began the program by leading a time of praise and worship. Following, nationally recognized women's minister Lisa Harper "filled our cup" with an inspiring and hilarious message of redemption and grace. Lisa recognized the generosity and obedience required of a true Woman of Compassion, while urging the women not to forgo their own need to reach out for Jesus.
The 2016 class of Women of Compassion had a record membership of 163 women coming from different denominations and regions of the state. Each and every member is greatly appreciated for their commitment to serve the ministry of OBHC. In attendance this year, was a special 8-year-old girl named Tatum, who attended with her mother. She is the youngest member of Women of Compassion.
When the time came to cast the vote, two very pertinent projects rose to the "top of the cup."
- The first $50,000 grant went to Baptist Children's Home, Owasso, to remodel White City Cottage. This cottage is a marvelous, newly-updated living facility, and the remodel has brought additional excitement to the campus.
- The second grant went to the general fund of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. By building this element into grants awarded, every child/teenager in our care, as well as each family who comes to a Hope Pregnancy Center, will be touched by the kindness, love and compassion of Women of Compassion.
- The third grant of $50,000 went to install and provide an information technology environment which is safe and secure for each resident of Boys Ranch Town. With the increase in accessibility of technology devices (smartphones, iPads, laptops, etc.), this grant is providing learning and communication with protection and supervision.
- There was an additional $12,000 grant which was sent to the general fund of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children. Not a penny of the funds given by Women of Compassion are used for anything other than caring for children.
"Thank you to all our members who made this a special time of fellowship and helping children," said Women of Compassion Coordinator, Shonda Flowers. "When the grants are awarded, I am so excited to see how they'll affect the children on our campuses. These women are truly a blessing to children living at OBHC. I can only dream of all the good Women of Compassion will do in the future."
Ladies, we would like to invite you to join us as a member of Women of Compassion 2017. Membership is $1,000, which qualifies you to vote for the grant recipients at the 2017 Cups of Kindness event to be held in Oklahoma City at the Devon Tower on April 1. You are welcome to pay your membership fee incrementally by monthly payment.
To set up your membership and join today, click here.
To learn more about this giving opportunity, call Shonda Flowers at (405) 735-8343.