“Just Us Women” – 2018 Women’s Get-Away Recap

Regina Sudheer Alexander

Regina kept us on the edge of our seats as she shared about her work among the Dalits historically known as the “untouchables” in India. She and her husband Sudheer have given their lives in ministry to the Dalits of rural southern India.  Regina and Sudheer founded ImpactCommunity India.  They are teaching the Dalits sewing and agriculture so that they can earn a living to care for their families.

Get-Away participants purchased over 300 hand-made quilted bags that were made by two Dalit women.  Their earnings are enough to care for their families. In response to the injustices done to the Dalits by the mainstream, Regina went to Law school after 50-years of age to be able to advocate for the rights of Dalit women.  Regina and Sudheer oversee over 30 churches and 10 house churches.  They do this all in the name of Jesus.

Brooke Holloway

Brooke is the Associate Pastor of Students at the Memorial Baptist Church in NVA. She is a young leader (UPTICK) in Virginia Baptist life. Accepting the challenge to be the Biblical expositor of the complicated story of Tamar the daughter of King Davis as recorded in the book of Samuel, Brooke delivered two engaging and biblically sound messages. The first night Brooke challenged us to sit in lament with the Tamar’s of the world. At the second service she encouraged us to embrace the saving grace of Jesus who heals and raises from the dead.

Fairwood Agape Baptist Church Choir, Portsmouth

Gina Stukes, Worship Leader and the choir of the Fairwood Agape Baptist Church ministered in soul-stirring music throughout the weekend.  Singing contemporary songs of the African American Baptist church the choir moved us to the rhythm of gospel music.  They sang songs such as “Way Maker” and “My Help Comes From The Lord.” “The Servant Song,” and “How Great is Our God” were two more common songs rendered at Get Away.

WMUV Annual Meeting

At the 118th Annual Meeting of the Woman’s Missionary Union of Virginia, Linda Cooper, National WMU President addressed those gathered with the message of encouragement to embrace the Unshakeable Pursuit!

WMUV Officers were elected for 2019.

Lynne Stockman was re-elected president for the 3rd year of a 4-year term.  Dotsi Campbell as vice-president/secretary and Merle Prince, Sylvia Bradshaw, Marilyn Graves and PK Fields-Helms were elected as members-at-large.

The Abigail Girls and State Panelists mounted the stage and shared with the audience all of the mission action in which they were engaged this year. The Abigail Girls have been raising money for the Ronald McDonald House all year long and did so at Get Away as well.

The State Panelists each gave a testimony about a significant event in her life in 2018 where she shared Jesus or helped someone with a problem.

Kenny Lane, CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center Director introduced himself to the those gathered and promoted summer camp.  Valerie Carter our Executive Director/Treasurer gave an address that highlighted the successes over the almost last five-year in an effort to inform those gathered that 2019 would be a year of discernment for going forward with a 2020 – 2025 ministry plan for WMUV.  Lynne Stockman our President presented her year-in-review.  Her presentation was a clear indication on how she represented us well throughout the state of Virginia, in Birmingham and in Dallas as well as in Kenya.  Lynne visited the Mully Children’s Family in Kenya to explore medical missions opportunities.

Conferences
Conference leaders prepared well!  Sessions were offered in missions, personal development and discipleship and in creative arts and fun!

Shopping, Shopping and More Shopping!

Two authors were among the conference faculty member and they were able to sign their books!

WorldCrafts were sold. These items are from around the world and provide work and financial independence to women around the world.

Regina brought over 300 bags from India with her and almost all were sold.  The Dalit (untouchable) women of ImpactCommunity India are experiencing God through bible study and community as well as finding life through viable work.

Mully Children’s Family (MCF) 
Dr. Lynne Stockman, Osteopathic Doctor and President of WMUV gave an impressive presentation on her experience in Kenya.  She shared about the many campuses and ministries to children and women provided by MCF.  She showed pictures of the humble medical facilities which serve the some 750 children and the community at-large on the Yatta campus.  Lynne provided a information to those who may desire to join her in May 9 – 13, 2020 on a medical mission to MCF in Kenya.

Staff and Volunteers
The WMUV and CrossRoads Staff and volunteers make preparations for Get Away 2018!   They are making ready for women of all ages to come to the mountain at Eagle Eyrie and commune with God and one another.

Latina Get Away
The Get Away for Spanish-speaking women was filled with energy and excitement as the women sang, read scripture and listened to the Word of God.  The Zumba breakout added a new dimension to this conference which is in its 4th year. This portion was lead by Marisa Sanchez, Esther Shin, Cecilia Cabrera, Mirna Rosalcs-Machado.  Keynote speaker was Martha Ivana Ramos and music was led by Praise Team Maranatha.

Burmese Breakout

Pastor Roi Ji Marip and Esther Shin, Multicultural Consultant for WMUV each led a breakout session for Burmese women.  Esther focused on Women’s Leadership.