By Linda Pharr
Where do you run when bombs are going off all around you day and night? What do you do when you flee with your children to a country where forks and canned foods are mysteries?
Or when you dream a big dream for God and He changes the whole scenario?
Koy Saephan, a 1970s era diaspora victim, and Anya Holcomb. a Kosovo international worker, shared stories about God’s “placed for a purpose” plans for their lives during the women’s spring tea at EHA. They shared how He brought them to places of trust in troubled times.
Beautiful china plates and tea cups along with flower-filled teapot centerpieces decorated the tables that Saturday as almost 60 women took their seats for the tea. Through paid reservations and an offering taken during the meeting, more than $500 was raised to help support CM&A ministries for Muslims in Central and Northern Asia.
Planning for this tea took a lot of planning and preparation. Thanks to Janet Heinz and Chris Hagemann for leading the kitchen staff to prepare an awesome English tea! Kitchen staff included Alanna Howe, Elaine Sharer, Jennifer Sharer, Kaisa Clark and Noreen Thomasson.
Table centerpieces were designed by Candy Sanders with guest favors by Debbie Sande. Promotion and place name tabs were designed by Lori Shero. Sound equipment oversight was by Jesse Jorgensen. Beautiful CD music was provided by Marsha Avery. Emcee was our own Becky Cooper. Babysitters were Cameron McKinney and Isaiah Beck.
Our waiters were Jim Fishel, Frank Beckwith, Wayne Van Hamme, Jack Sande, Ed Sanders, Wayne Wrzesinski and Jesse Jorgensen. Table hostesses were Candy Sanders, Linda Pharr, Debbie Sande, Linda Grewelle, Myrna Beckwith, Judy Rafter, Paula White, April Van Hamme, Sharon Fishel and Pat Enbody. Kitchen clean-up crew consisted of Kristen Janiszewski, Sera Clark, Janet Heinz, Peggy Breedlove, Susan Jones and Chris Simmons.
The tea was sponsored by EHA’s Great Commission Women, a CM&A auxiliary organization which supports international workers through prayer and finances. Giving thanks to the Lord for blessing His daughters at His tea!