Not long ago I had the opportunity to accompany Sheila Walsh all the way to Ordway, CO to honor the life and legacy of Mary Katherine Ricard. Just a few weeks ago, Mary Katherine was looking forward to attending the Denver Women of Faith event with her daughter. She traded days off so she’d be able to go . . . which is why she was at work on Monday, September 29, the day violence broke out at her workplace in a Colorado prison . . . the day Mary Katherine went to be with Jesus.
While we didn’t know Mary Katherine, losing her felt like losing part of our family. We cried with her relatives and rejoiced over a life that honored Christ. At the Women of Faith office we may not meet every one of you, but we consider you our family. We love praying with you about the things you post on our Facebook wall, we get excited about your stories, and we are thrilled to know all that God is doing in your life.
As Sheila and I drove the 160 miles from Denver to Ordway we talked about those of you that make this drive—and similar drives in other states—to come to one of our events. We were blown away in appreciation and gratitude. Many of you drive from different cities, states, and even countries to worship and grow with us. But you don’t stop there…you bring your friends, communities and sometimes even strangers. You are the hands and feet of Women of Faith. You are reaching the communities across the country for Jesus. You are creating a movement around the world of women knowing and seeking God.
Together we are impacting our communities, our nations, and our world. We thank you for being part of our family. Please continue to share with us all that God is doing and let us know how we can help you and your community. We love you!
Lauren is a member of the Women of Faith staff based in Plano, TX.