This year we celebrated our 30th Year Anniversary here at Living His Life Abundantly® / Women of Grace®, so if this letter sounds a little bit like boasting, it's because we are! But we're boasting about you - because none of this would have been possible without you. Together we are helping women to "save the peace of the world" through our mission to "transform the world one woman at a time through ongoing spiritual formation."
As I look back on this past year and consider the 30 years of the work of this apostolate, I am in awe of all that God has accomplished. But the full impact of what He is doing cannot be measured in a list of statistics and figures. It is measured in the marriages mended, the families united, the hearts healed, the lives changed and souls saved. One such story came to us from Maria in Gibraltar:
"I have to say that the Women of Grace has transformed me. When I heard Johnnette in one of the lessons say that Mary carried Jesus in her womb and that we also carry him when we receive the Eucharist, made me aware of how I should behave with humility and love towards others, with the love of God, at work, family and around us.
In chapter three, I was also reminded that God was there knocking at our door, but only we are the ones who have the key for that door. Once you open that door, abundant blessings fall upon you. Nowadays, life is so stressful that we leave things for tomorrow out of fear. And it is only then, when we open that door that we receive all the graces. I must say I have been abundantly blessed, loved and supported with my husband, family, friends and the four priests from different parishes from La Línea.
Thanks to the Women of Grace course I have been transformed into a Woman of Grace living an abundant life."
This transformation could not have happened without you! Your support, encouragement, and financial assistance has made it possible!
As we enter the threshold of a new year, we have many exciting goals. I believe we are entering the most crucial times in the history of our apostolate and that we are at a tipping point for the spread of our mission.
We are ready to embark on one of our most vital projects ever - to save the peace and souls of our young girls through our new Young Women of Grace® Leadership Program. This program will train girls age 14+ who have completed the Young Women of Grace Study Program® to accompany their younger peers on a path of friendship and transformation. The program will include a retreat component, parent/adult leader education and peer mentoring. We hope to launch the retreat component this summer and I pray you will consider a donation to Living His Life Abundantly® / Women of Grace® to help us accomplish this vital goal.
In addition, our aggressive five year plan also includes:
- Complete the Grace-Filled Moments Study Program, already under development
- Redesign the entire womenofgrace.com website including subsites for Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® and Young Women of Grace®
- Launch Girls of Grace® clubs
- Launch Little Women of Grace® clubs
We will continue to transform the lives of women and their families through:
- Our newly launched Women of Grace® Morning of Grace Program
- The Women of Grace® Study Program in English and Spanish and Young Women of Grace Study Programs
- The Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women® in partnership with Holy Apostles College & Seminary
- Facilitator Network Conference Calls and onsite training programs through our team of Regional Coordinators
- National and Regional Conferences and Retreats around the country and the world
- Our comprehensive Women of Grace Exclusive media library with thousands of online resources for spiritual formation
- Women of Grace® television and radio programming, social media, website and more
You see, Women of Grace® touches and transforms the lives of women of all ages and from all walks of life, by providing a lifetime of spiritual formation. But, bringing it all to fruition requires your continued support! Please join hands with us.
Will you consider making a sacrificial, tax-deductible, year-end gift to help us continue in our mission? Will you join hands with us in this mission of evangelization and be a conduit of grace in the world today? Will you work with us to reconcile the world to Jesus Christ and to help to save the peace of the world?
I am praying you say "yes." We need to raise $50,500 dollars to jump start our plans for this coming year. Your year-end gift will help bring the healing love of Jesus Christ to the world and to transform it one woman at a time. Please be generous and give what you can. I greatly appreciate your gift large or small. In gratitude, we will include you and your intentions in our Christmas Novena for the Peace of the World.
May God bless you for your spirit of generosity! And may the abundant life of Jesus Christ be yours this Christmas and New Year!
With gratitude and love in the Two Hearts,