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Allegheny East Hosts Retreat for Ministers Wives

Story by Lolethia Kibble

Josette Moise of the Pisgah church in Bryans Road, Md., spends time
with Diane Brewer of the Irvington (N.J.) church.

Nearly 100 women recently gathered in Virginia Beach, Va., for the Ministers’ Wives Appreciation Weekend Retreat. Allegheny East Conference (AEC) Women’s Ministries planned the special weekend with the sponsorship of the conference administration.

When the ladies arrived, their welcome included notes of appreciation from their churches, selections from the devotional FEAR NOT, Is There Anything Too Hard For Me? and a Bible in their native tongue inscribed with the retreat theme “Apple of Mine Eye,” which Charles Cheatham, AEC president, signed. Each lady was also given one talent (a dollar) to multiply.
Throughout the weekend, the ladies received many special gifts. The program booklet was indeed a souvenir containing letters of appreciation from presidents, Shepherdess directors and Women’s Ministries and Ministerial departments from each level of the Adventist Church.
The real gift was what God was doing in the hearts of the ladies through fellowship, praise and heavenly manna. Mary Maxson, associate pastor at the Paradise (Calif.) church, provided Friday night and Sabbath manna. One attendee said the first session, “How Great is Our God,” made real the awesomeness of God.
The ministers’ wives of the Allegheny East Conference departed rested and revived with a new awareness of their identity as the apple of God’s eye.