The ladies had all left the house when we arrived, so we quickly went about warming the food and preparing the tables. We had brought Christmas plates, tablecloths and cloth napkins, candlesticks and centerpieces, silverware and glassware, and everything needed to have a sit-down meal. We wanted these ladies to feel pampered and precious this day.
The ladies walked in, greeted with the smell of Christmas lunch! There were hugs and introductions all around. Why is it when women get together, we can instantly connect, feeling like we've known each other? The ladies filled their plates and sat down. We served them their drinks, encouraged seconds, and offered dessert. Everyone left full, and enough was left-over for at least another meal or two.
After the meal, we all gathered in the living room to watch several of the ladies perform a praise routine to a Christian song. What a blessing! Then Nellita Young brought a devotional. Another blessing with such encouraging words!
We had the opportunity to give each lady at Leah's House a Christmas gift, a Bible. What joy to see them receive and then open their gift. Several had tears in their eyes and clutched the Bible to their chests. I was reminded of how precious God's Word is and how I should never take it for granted.
After "our part" in the program, the founder of the home read a thank you letter to us. Actually, it is to all the women of Broadway. So I want to let all of you know what a difference you have made in these women's lives:
"There are no words to express the appreciation we at Leah's House feel for all the godly women who do so much for all the women who come through here.
To see women who have such hearts filled with God's love is amazing. We could not be as effective as we are without you. You are truly what the Word says when it says you will know my disciples by the love they have for one another.
This is a very hard ministry with great battles to fight, but knowing we have all of you brings much comfort to my heart. Women like all of you is what makes this ministry complete. You are helping change lives for eternity. Your rewards will be great.
I just want your entire group to know how much I and everyone involved appreciates you more than we can say. Nothing you do or gives goes unnoticed. You are true disciples of Christ. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to this mission. Thank you for your sensitivity to the Lord's Great Commission.
We pray for all of you to be blessed in this life and the one to come and that you all walk in divine health and prosperity."
What a blessing to actually meet the founder and some of the women who are benefitting from being at Leah's House! Our Refresh Women's Ministry will continue to support this ministry all this year, so watch for ways you can be involved.