The energy was strong and the ballroom was full at Churchill Valley Country Club Sept. 26 as Ruth Ministry of Petra International Ministries hosted their Women of Faith and Prayer Luncheon. The theme was “Women of God Embracing Our Legacy.” The Ruth Ministry Mission Statement: “We believe, as God is our Lord and Savior and the Master over all of our lives, that the time is now for the ministering and mentoring of His Word. In our communities, it will begin with the women who will bring birth to His vision.”

ENJOYING THE PROGRAM—Deacon Catherine Whitely, Deacon Cassandra Johnson and Elder Nellie Mells.

That Saturday afternoon the mission was accomplished via prayer, song and recognition. Minister Denice Matthews performed the opening prayer and Doretta Lemon Fallen was introduced as the luncheon chair. Deacon Cassandra Johnson shared the history of Ruth Ministry. Ruth Ministry was founded in 2002. They have stood on the firm belief that God has purposed their ministry to be the birth canal for issues related to women.


The program was full of talent. Atiya Abdelmalak flawlessly performed a dynamic monologue made popular by the Essence Magazine 25th celebration. The crowd loved it. Deacon Leesa Finney and Maggie Brown moved their way across the floor and via dance told a moving story of one woman helping another.

FLAWLESS— Atiya Abdelmalak, ministry of expression.

Deacon Adrianne Scott presented the Deacon Ann Brown Scholarship to Deah Washington. The $1,000 scholarship is named after the late Ann Brown who stood for hope and excellence. In “Ma Brown’s world hope stood for helping other people excel. Washington performed the ministry of song with her husband, Jason. Jason told a touching story about their 13-year marriage. They married the year he graduated from college and she graduated from high school and they beat the odds. He thanked his wife for her love and support on this journey.

CHAIRING THE EVENT—Doretta Lemon Fallen, a lovely event chair.

The centerpiece of the afternoon was the ministry of the word delivered by Elder Lisa Clay of Petra International Ministries. Clay said to look to see the positive in the negative “flip the script.” The crowd left the country club spiritually fulfilled. All luncheon proceeds are to benefit the Deacon Ann Brown Scholarship.

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