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August 2, 2013

Christian women’s conference begins today in OKC

NORMAN — The nation’s largest gathering of Christian women, Women of Faith, will give back to Oklahoma tornado victims during its Oklahoma City stop, the first in its 24-city “Believe God Can Do Anything” tour beginning today.

“This area has experienced such heartache and devastation from the recent tornadoes, and we want to give this community, especially the women in it, encouragement and refreshment for the days ahead,” said Sheila Walsh, author, singer and Women of Faith speaker.

The Women of Faith Oklahoma City conference will take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena today and Saturday and will feature national speakers, authors and musicians including Christine Caine, Priscilla Shirer, Patsy Clairmont, Craig Groeschel, MercyMe and Kari Jobe.

Women of Faith is offering ticket vouchers for the two-day conference to women in the area affected by the May tornadoes. More than 500 vouchers allowing free access to the conference have already been given away, with the organization open to offering more vouchers to meet individuals’ needs.

Those interested in claiming a voucher can call Stefanie Aldrich, event representative, at 749-0034.

“We had planned to start the 2013 tour in Oklahoma City long before the May tornadoes,” said Debbie Stuart, church and leadership development director for Women of Faith. “When the disasters occurred, our team traveled to the area to assist in cleanup efforts, but we know there is much more work to be done.

“Beyond just physical assistance, we want to offer an opportunity for women to be spiritually and emotionally renewed and help them understand that God is in control; this is just one small way we can foster healing.”

This year’s Women of Faith theme, “Believe God Can Do Anything,” was created to inspire women to let go of pain and stress by handing their lives over to God.

“Today’s women face more challenges and anxiety than ever, but the women in this area have the added pain of the physical loss and emotional stress of a natural disaster,” said Carol Nygren, Women of Faith executive vice president and managing director. “We believe God can do anything, and that includes bringing hope and healing to those hurting from any storm of life.”

The tour will make stops in 24 cities across the U.S. starting in Oklahoma City and wrapping up in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 17.

For more information, visit womenoffaith.com/events.

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