Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Florida

Hi all! I just flew in from Florida today after spending the last 6 days there. What a treat, what a time! From Saturday to yesterday, I was able to spend time in the Keys at a beautiful beach house that was lent to us by a beautiful friend, Diana. There were 10 of us there and actually, Patti and I got to tag along with the girls from R4G to their yearly retreat...it was awesome and amazing and so very refreshing! The worship in the evenings was a very rich time and I feel so blessed to have been invited...thankyou R4G chicas. Gabi cooked for us at every meal and we never left the beach house! I didn't wear shoes for 3 days! Nor did I wear makeup...yes, indeed!

But I must tell you about Saturday's event. Vilma Rodriquez hosted a spectacular event at The Signature Grand in Davie, Florida, near Ft. Lauderdale. It was a Modest is Hottest Fashion Show but girls, this one was so different. Tickets were $40 each, the food, the decorations, everything, was amazing. But, let me tell you why this event was so different. A few weeks ago, someone anonomously donated $10,000 so 250 girls from foster homes and shelters could attend. Yes, you read that right. These are girls and foster parents who NEVER would have been able to come to an event like this. Right now I can't even express the scope of what happened there, but let's just say I will never be the same. Girls heard the gospel, many for the very first time. These girls came from VERY abusive backgrounds, they came as drug addicts, depressed, girls who have no hope...except in Christ. They came in with sad faces, and left smiling. We laughed, we sang, we ate, we worshiped. We talked about modesty, we talked about life. God showed up. God showed off. It was His day...wow....is all I can say. For now, I will ask you to pray for these girls. Many gave their lives to the Lord on Saturday....please pray for them. I am humbled that God would use me, but mostly awed that He wanted these girls at this event. He made a way for them to come. They are all so special....I don't even know what to say. When I get the video, I will put it on my website...you absolutely MUST see this. Wow. I love you all! I am off to Puerto Villarta, Mexico for 8 days with my family.....I'll be back then! Love you, Shari

19 comments:

Digging for Pearls said...

Hi Shari,
Hope you are having a great time with your family.

Just wanted you to know that I will be praying for you as you soon will be attending She Speaks. I pray that God will use you and also encourage you.

Blessings,
Pearls

Erin said...

WOW! What a great event!

Alyce said...

Hi Shari..
Glad you had a great time...I want to go on a trip w/ you! You are just traveling everywhere..
Have fun in Mexico!
Alyce

April said...

God is so awesome!

Micca said...

Wow, Shari! I'm thrilled to hear about our new sister's in Christ! I will be praying for them.

My niece is in Mexico on her honeymoon!! You probably won't run into her. hee-hee!

GOD'S LADIE said...

What an awesome GOD! Wonderful! I will keep those young ladies lifted in prayer. I can relate to exactly what they went through, but Surely GOD can do exceedingly and abundantly, above all we can even think or ask....
Have a great trip in mexico!
God bless!

LaTonya/Florida

Zoe said...

Enjoy your trip sweet friend,

Can't wait to hear all about it next week.
Zoe

Chatty Kelly said...

Praying for the P31 team as you prepare for the conference. And I'm attending "what not to wear" so I can't wait. (I won't wear my swim suit).

Nicki said...

Hi Shari! I just wanted to let you know I'm praying for you as you prepare for She Speaks! I can't wait to meet you and hear all you have to say!!! Praying!!

Starr LaPradd said...

That story brought tears to my eyes. How honored those girls must have felt to be at that event! That donor will be blessed for providing such a wonderful thing! Thanks for sharing your traveling adventures with those of us who spend most of our time at home and in town.
Looking forward to seeing you at She Speaks!
Love and Blessings,
Starr

Lisa said...

Shari,

Just wanted to stop in and say thank you for all that you so selflessly do in the name of our Jesus. You are truly, truly appreciated more than you know.

I also wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you as She Speaks approaches.

Love and blessings!

Sonya said...

I wanted to let you know that I'm praying for you and your family as you are preparing for the upcoming She Speaks conf.

Enjoy all of the travel!

Joyful said...

WOW - I love how creative God is to use so many different ways to bring others to a saving knowledge of Himself!

I will be attending "She Speaks" next weekend and I just wanted you to know of my prayers. I am praying and claiming Psalm 91 over you - that God will guard, guide and protect you and that you will find your refuge, strength and hope in Him.

Blessings,
Joy

Robin said...

I just stopped by to let you know you are being prayed for as we lead up to the SheSpeaks conference. I appreciate your servant's heart as you so willingly share of yourself so that God may speak through you.

Kay Weathers said...

Lysa asked all proverbs 31 readers to pray for all proverbs 31 speakers so hear I am I'm praying.
"K"

Rachel Olsen said...

Through my tears I'm praying for those girls.

I know you are beside yourself excited over this - way, WAY cool.

hugs ~ R

Carolina Mama said...

Thoughts and prayers for you and your ministry.

Marilyn said...

As Lysa requested I have been praying today for all you ladies on the She Speaks Team. I pray that God will wrap His loving arms around you individually and also as a group. You're in awesome Hands!
God bless you!
Marilyn in MS

Laura said...

A little note to let you know you are covered in my prayers as the days count down to SheSpeaks! I know you will bless us all!