Sis­ters Keeper Inc. cel­e­brates 15 years at lun­cheon

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By BOBBY JONES Staff Pho­to­jour­nal­ist

More than 1,200 women from across the na­tion joined hands and hearts in sol­i­dar­ity to wor­ship their sav­ior and share sto­ries of hope and ful­fill­ment dur­ing the Unit­ing Sis­ters 15th An­nual Lun­cheon held at Martin Cross­winds in Green­belt April 22.

Hosted by Sis­ters Keep­ers Inc., the Wal­dorf-based re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tion was formed by seven women on Feb 20, 1997, and has since spawned three more Sis­ter Keep­ers or­ga­ni­za­tions in North Carolina, St. Croix, Texas and New York, to fur­ther its out­reach of fel­low­ship­ping with other Chris­tian women around the world who are com­mit­ted to Je­sus Christ.

Dur­ing the gala event, each wo­man ini­tially re­ceived a tiara, to ac­knowl­edge that ever y wo­man is queen and very spe­cial. Through­out the pro­gram, the speak­ers spoke words of en­cour­age­ment to the women from all back­grounds can come to­gether to encourage one another through wor­ship.

Diana Wil­son, Sis­ters Keep­ers Inc. pres­i­dent, was happy at the turnout of wor­shipers who par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual lun­cheon.

“In the Bi­ble, Ester was a queen and ev­ery wo­man has a crown. So, we want ev­ery wo­man here to feel like a queen,” Wil­son said.

“We have been en­cour­ag­ing for over 20 years and it’s been a bless­ing. What we do is to help women feel bet­ter about them­selves, bet­ter about oth­ers, and bet­ter about the world. We have de­cided that women can be their sis­ter’s keeper and they can be there for each other. And we don’t want their hus­bands, their jobs, we just want them to be free, happy and peace­ful in a good world.”

Among the guest speak­ers were Pas­tor Tina Wat­son, co-founder and se­nior pas­tor of the Friend­ship Com­mu­nity Church Int. of Greenville, NC., Min­is­ter Paulette Hol­loway, Vikki John­son, Chap­lain, TEDx speaker and author, and Rev. Wil­lette O. Wright, or­dained el­der, Heart Church Min­istries.

Dur­ing the event, wor­shipers were treated to Min­istry in mime, song and dance by the M.L.A. Mime Min­istry and US Dance Min­istry re­spec­tively.

At the con­clud­ing mo­ments of the pro­gram, ev­ery wo­man was pre­sented with spe­cial gift bags to com­mem­o­rate their visit.

“I be­lieve God has ap­pointed us such a time as this to come to­gether in the name of Je­sus and change the world. And even if we can’t change the whole world, we can change our world,” Wil­son said.

For more in­for­ma­tion learn about Sis­ters Keep­ers, Inc., min­istry and events, con­tact Diane Wil­son at 301-870-9899 or info@sis­terskeep­ersinc. org.

PHO­TOS BY BOBBY JONES

A group of women take a selfie to com­mem­o­rate fel­low­ship at the Unit­ing Sis­ters 15th An­nual Lun­cheon. Be­low, a group of women pose for a photo af­ter be­ing crowned queens as part of the spe­cial treat­ment pre­sented to them at the Unit­ing Sis­ters 15th An­nual Lun­cheon held at Martin Cross­winds in Green­belt Apr. 22.

A group of women pose for a photo af­ter be­ing crowned queens as part of the spe­cial treat­ment pre­sented to them at the Unit­ing Sis­ters 15th An­nual Lun­cheon held at Martin Cross­winds in Green­belt Apr. 22.

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