Memories from S.T.A.N.D. 2012
S.T.A.N.D. Hand in Hand 2012 accentuated another great year for Sheila B. Ministries. Dallas, TX was not ready for the hundreds of women who assembled at the Fairmont Hotel to be refueled, refreshed, and replenished. As the women emerged at the end of the week, it was clear that lives had been changed.
S.T.A.N.D. is committed to ministering to women in “All seasons of life”. In this year’s interviews, you will see the seasons represented. We have a young woman who attended S.T.A.N.D. for the first time, we have Pastor’s wives, and women in ministry who agreed to sit down and share their experiences relating to S.T.A.N.D. 2012. I asked each of the interviewees to identify their hometown, church affiliation, age, and what they enjoyed about S.T.A.N.D. Dallas 2012. Below are their answers.
Michelle Price was a first-time attendee from Bethany Baptist Church of Fort Worth, TX. She was especially blessed by “how God navigated the speakers to touch on what was going on personally or in the life of my church.” She is excited about the resources and tools she will take back to help with ministry. She was so blessed that she will be paying her registration early.
Jocelyn Thomas was another first-timer from Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Newark, NJ where her husband is the senior pastor. She is a young 25 year old who left her 8-month old, for the first time, with the grandparents so that she might be refreshed at the S.T.A.N.D. conference. She stated that she enjoyed listening to the women share their personal experiences in the Sister Chats and that it was great to interact with women from all over the country.
Rev. Virgia Haynes from Unity Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, IL. is 62 years old and another first time attendee. She has received certification at the E.K. Bailey conference. She is now transitioning from youth ministry into Women’s Ministry. She shared that she enjoyed the diversity of the workshops and especially appreciated the workshop on finances because “although we don’t want to talk about it, we really need it. “
Alene King from The Cities of Refuge in Dallas, TX. is a 56 year old pastor’s wife who is enjoying her 5th year attending STAND. Although her church is experiencing a transition at this time, she is hopeful about taking the tools from S.T.A.N.D. to help rebuild their ministry.
As you can see, S.T.A.N.D. 2012 impacted many lives, of many women, in many different seasons.