The Women of Faith conference ministry is reaching out to Oklahoma women affected by the May tornadoes.
Several outreach efforts are scheduled around the “Believe God Can Do Anything” conference set for Aug. 2-3 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Stefanie Aldrich, Women of Faith's Oklahoma City event representative, said the ministry will hold a Night of Hope worship service July 31 at LifeChurch.tv's south Oklahoma City campus.
The free event will feature Women of Faith core presenters and authors Sheila Walsh and Lisa Harper, plus several local pastors and musicians, Aldrich said.
Also, she said the ministry has distributed about 500 complimentary admission vouchers to churches in the affected areas around the state.
She said with the use of the vouchers, hundreds of women will be attending the Women of Faith conference free of charge.
Aldrich said the 2013 tour schedule for the ministry based in Plano, Texas, was planned more than a year ago, with Oklahoma City as the first stop.
She said several ministry team members visited some of the areas ravaged by tornadoes with representatives from Samaritan's Purse. Aldrich said they participated in cleanup efforts but knew there was more that could be done to help women reeling from the disaster.
“I do think it's a God thing. We were meant to be here that weekend,” Aldrich said of the August conference date.
“I talked to several women here (in Oklahoma), and they said, ‘This could not be a better time for you guys to come restore hope to the city and the state.'”
‘Why would we not?'
The Women of Faith conference is one of the more popular ministry tours to visit the Oklahoma City metro area each year.
This year's event will feature an Oklahoma spiritual leaders Craig Groeschel, founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv.
Other featured speakers include Walsh, Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Patsy Clairmont, Anita Renfroe, Lysa TerKeurst and musical guests Kari Jobe and MercyMe.
In addition to the special worship service and complimentary vouchers, Aldrich said the conference ministry will be working with Love OKC, a ministry started by North Church.
She said Women of Faith will be taking up donations for tornado victims that will be distributed by Love OKC.
Aldrich said she visited the site of Plaza Towers, the Moore elementary school that was destroyed in the May 20 tornado and where seven students were killed. She said she also has visited with many women from the Shawnee and El Reno areas and listened as they shared their stories of the tornadoes' effect on their lives.
“I've been hearing the stories of the women and hearing what their churches are doing. I started talking to the Plano office, and we thought this is what we need to do,” Aldrich said.
“I think it comes down to why would we not?”
Aldrich said the Women of Faith presenters plan to bring a message of hope.
“I think they will tell women, ‘You will find hope. There is another day,'” she said. “The Lord helps you rebuild. He helps you restore. He brings hope.”