Lady Gwendolyn Young on From Vision to Fruition
As I traveled and shared in ministry throughout the Anne Arundel County, I met ministers' wives and widows who did not have any connection with other ministers’ wives and widows. Many of them were experiencing challenges and there was no place for a minister's wife to go for support or encouragement. Most did not know about the Maryland Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows. My experience in the local, state and International Association of Ministers' Wives and Ministers' Widows has had a major impact in my life. It helped to shape the woman I am today. I knew that women would benefit and find value, as I did, in a local organization. I also realized that the minister's wife looks different today and her needs are different. It was time to come out of the box and meet minister's wives where they are and I wanted to make a difference.
As a result, when Rev. Sandra Coger, (at that time president of the MAMWMW) approached me with the request to pull together the ministers’ wives and widows in my area, it was already in my spirit. The Lord led me to give birth to Agape Fellowship. It is one of the best decisions I've ever made. To my surprise, pulling the women together was not a challenge. I selected a date and did a mass mailing in the county and surrounding areas. The response was overwhelming. We were blessed to have 25 women attend the first gathering in February of 2014. I love the fellowship. It is wonderful to see how the women have come together and formed a bond and strong sisterhood. We share openly. It is really a safe place and we are growing in grace. I'm excited about the road ahead.
Lady Gwendolyn Young serves alongside her husband, Pastor Jesse Young at Silas First Baptist Church of Severna Park in Severna Park, MD. If you live in Anne Arundel County or vicinity and want to attend an Agape Fellowship Empowerment Session visit the site for updates.