In praise of great women..

Today I got to help out at the BRDC kids summer day camp. It's been going on every Tuesday and Thursday since the beginning of June and today was the last day. It was for ages 3-10 and usually about 30 or 40 kids attended.

Jennifer Jarreau is the Children's Pastor at the BRDC and she ran this summer program. I love Jennifer. She doesn't get paid to do this. On Sunday her and her husband Kevin, along with other volunteers, teach about 40 -50 inner city kids about Jesus. And they one day plan to move to Swaziland Africa to be missionaries..again I love Jennifer.

Proverbs 31:26 She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.

Mrs. Barbara Conti is the queen of calm. I've been on several outreaches with her over the years and we worked together at Friday Thrive and I don't think I have ever seen her anything but calm and soothing. SO, she of course is great with these kids. Look at them listening to her reading them their memory verse.

I love Mrs. Barbara. When I grow up, I want to be just like her.

Proverbs 31: 25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.

This is Megan. She used to teach school in the Inner City but last year she had baby Presley so she stopped being a school teacher to stay home with her daughter. BUT that didn't stop her from volunteering. She has been tutoring and teaching a writing project each day of the camp. Her passion for helping kids is amazing. AND she loves Africa and is adopting from Uganda so I really dig her.

I love Megan.

Proverbs 31:20 She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

And this is Susan. When all us volunteers are together discussing what and when we can do something, often times one of us will have to throw out the disclaimer "Well, I'm not Susan Rogers you know?" Cuz Susan is a fireball that moves really fast, talks fast, smiles CONSTANTLY and just loves all the while! She helps teens with GED class, Preschoolers on Sunday, homeless women, at risk youth, everything. She's amazing and I love her more then I can say!

Proverbs 31:17
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.

There is also Hope Boutte, AKA First Lady Boutte, pastor Craig's wife. She's the reason this day camp was allowed to happen. Fannie Doucett, who faithfully worked the nursery for the camp volunteers, it wouldn't have been possible without her. Guana, one of the members of the Dream Center congregation who gave her time to help. Paula Smith and her daughter Gabby, who don't attend BRDC but as part of Healing Place Church, they wanted to come help these kids so they faithfully did. Esther Robert who works with the teens and for the past two months opened her home and her heart to two homeless teenagers.

I really am in awe of them all.

They are all selfless women who gave their time this Summer to plant seeds in the lives of inner city kids.

I will call them great.

Proverbs 31: 29 "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all."

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

31 Give her the reward she has earned,and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


the Matt family said…
honestly, i can't even believe i am included in this list of amazing women- i feel like what i've done is nothing compared to them, but i am SO honored to serve under them. they are some of the most beautiful, dedicated, spirit-filled women i'm ever seen. i learn from them every minute i spend in their presence. they are SO incredible...

and so are you, carole.
Anonymous said…
Double Amen

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