Archives for July 2013

Jul 18

Calling All Yes Girls!

Calling All Yes Girls From Around the World!
It’s rare that we get to meet face to face, although on some occasions I’ve had the privilege of meeting and hugging my OBS sisters in person (even one from Australia~Hello my Aussie friend Nicki!).  But if we are going to be spending six powerful, potentially life changing weeks together, I think we should get to know each other as well as we can.
I may never meet you in person, but I would LOVE to see your face.
We want to SEE you. We would be super honored and overjoyed if you would email us your picture. Here’s what we want you to do:

1. Take a picture of yourself holding a sign that says where you are from (Make sure we can see your Country or State on your sign).  If you have your Yes to God book, have that in your picture too, but we most especially want to see where you are from in the picture. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, we just want to see you!

2. Email your picture to: obsphoto@proverbs31.org.   

3. In the subject line write: Your Name from Where you are from.  Examples:  Melissa from North Carolina, USA.  Nicki from Australia

You just may see yourself on our P31 OBS blog one day!

(By emailing us your picture, you give Proverbs 31 Ministries the right to use your picture for Online Bible Study promotions and events.)

 

We have some beautiful and awesome ladies in our Yes to God OBS?  Keep sending in your pics! I LOVE seeing your sweet faces from all over the world!

Our P31 OBS team has been praying for you. We can’t wait to begin this study with you and watch God do His work in all of our lives. You matter. I hope you hear that loud and clear. You matter to God. And you matter to this Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study.See you soon!

Leave a comment  that says, “I’m saying ‘yes’ to God because I’m worth it!” and you will be entered to win a Lysa TerKeurst prize package including What Happens When Women Say Yes to God, the Yes to God Real Life Connection CallsUnglued, and the Unglued Devotional!
If that’s not enough, pop over to OBS Team Member, Linda Kuhar’s blog. She has a give away going on too that you can enter in!
And don’t forget to send us a picture of yourself following the instructions given above.
I’m Saying Yes to God Because I’m Worth It,
Melissa
Here are a few ladies that have already sent their pics in:
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Melissa
Jul 17

Real Life Connections

I love the prayer piece we’ve added to our Yes to God Real Life Connection Calls. Makes it more personal. I can’t wait to connect with so many “Yes Girls!”

Real Life, Heart to Heart Connections (formerly known as the conference call series)~ You will be personally challenged and encouraged on these calls. We hear of more life change from these calls than any other part of this ministry. Why? Because we get to talk real life, heart to heart. These calls are interactive, giving you the opportunity to share input and ask questions. And we always have a guest who will empower and challenge us.

  • 3 Calls with messages and a special guest who’s story will inspire you (Mandisa, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer, Melissa Taylor, & Nicki Koziarz)
  • A call midweek for prayer and encouragement from your OBS leader every week of study
  • Each call is recorded so you never miss a thing if you can’t join live. A link to listen or download the call will be sent to you.

Click here to purchase our Real Life, Heart to Heart Connection Calls

Sign up soon! Space is limited!

 

Read what these past call participants had to say:

Amy: I must express how awesome it was to spend time with God and with other godly women. I came into this conference call stressed with a bad headache. When I hung up, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated. How amazing! 

Debbie: The calls are like icing on the cake for me. I love the studies and love all my group work; they are the cake, but when there is a conference call, I stop and listen and then I usually listen again. They add so much to the studies, and Melissa always has something special to add that blesses your heart; her prayers, her devotion and her instruction bless me each time we have a conference call. I would not miss them!

Lori: Conference calls with these ladies bring reality to our study. You can hear their voices, and you can feel their pain and joy as they share with us. I feel like we are friends, and never want the call to end. When I share from the call I say “my friend told me”… But, the best part is that we can go back and listen to them again and again; it’s not just a one time call.

Charlotte: I never signed up for the conference calls because I thought, “What could being on a call with 100’s of other people really bring me”? Reluctantly, I signed up. The very first call I was on, and the first question asked, was an issue I had been dealing with and praying about. I felt I had received an answer in prayer, and God used that call as confirmation of His response. It is also so warming and adds such a feeling of familiarity to hear everyone’s voice and tones during the calls versus only seeing their typing. After my first conference call, it was amazing how I started reading the blogs and hearing the leaders voices in them.

Melissa
Jul 16

Meet the OBS Team~

It’s hard to believe that in January, 2011, I wanted to host a little online Bible study on my blog. I invited a few friends to join me in studying Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst. I thought maybe 25-50 would join me. Maybe. Much to my surprise, 2,500 people joined me for that “little” study.

Back then it was just me. Just me on my blog. If someone would have told what was ahead, I would NEVER have believed them. Fast forward to today~

Today I don’t just lead a study, I’m the director of a world-wide community. And no longer is it just on my  blog, but we are also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. 88,000 ladies from over 106 countries have joined our little OBS in the past couple years. We have 59 Facebook small groups with leaders.  We have 10 team leaders. We have a prayer team. We have a teaching team, social media team, core team, and even an executive assistant (who we could NOT live without!) And we are getting ready to move locations. In a little over a week, my little online Bible study will have a new home on the Proverbs 31 Ministries website! Now you know that could only be done with God!

Only with God. He has paved the way and brought amazing ladies to this OBS. It is not me, it is all Him. He brought ladies who would say “yes” to God, step out in faith, and agree to ride this crazy OBS train with me. He did immeasurably more than I would have ever asked or imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)

Our entire OBS team is made up of almost 100 ladies from all across the United States. Each one serves a vital role in making Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies a vibrant, healthy, and growing community of ladies seeking to know God better. These are the most wonderful, honorable, and amazing ladies that I know and I love them so much!!! I don’t know what I’d do without them!

Meet Our OBS Team

melissaMelissa Taylor, Director of Online Bible Studies

Melissa began online Bible studies on her blog in 2011 because she wanted to provide a venue of study for women who weren’t in a Bible study group. In a little over two years, more than 88,000 have participated from more than 105 countries. This is now her full time job with Proverbs 31 Ministries. Melissa lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband, Jeff; four children, Blake, Hayden, Dylan, and Hayley Grace; and her sweet dogs Princess and Maggie.

 

ginnyblakenshipGinny Blankenship, Director of Social Media, Prayer Devotions

Ginny began studying with Melissa Taylor in January of 2012 with Made to Crave. In March of 2012 she became one of the Online Bible Study small group leaders. Currently she writes our Prayer and Praises posts and coordinates our social media team. Ginny resides in Wild, Wonderful West Virginia with her husband, Scott; and three children, Jason, Hayli and Ayden.

StephanieClaytonStephanie Clayton, P31 OBS Core Team, Study Leader, Social Media Team

Stephanie is a counselor with a passion for integrating Bible teaching with professional counseling. She has been part of the Online Bible Study Team since 2011 providing counseling advisory as well as guidance and teaching to help women find freedom from their past and hope for their future.  Stephanie lives in Amarillo, TX with her husband Kevin; her children Ryan and Lauren; and her puppies, Buzz and Bella.

 

AngiecombsAngie Combs, P31 OBS Core Team, P31 OBS Executive Assistant

Angie is the Executive Assistant with Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study and is on staff with Proverbs 31 Ministries as Project Assistant. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband, Brent of 27 years and her dogs Cassie and Yogi. She is the mother of Laura and MIL of Michael.

 

VeronicaHerzingVeronica Herzing, P31 OBS Director of the C. A. R. E. Ministry (Christ’s Assistants Reaching & Encouraging)

Veronica is a loving wife and mother who trusts in the Lord and follows His calling for her life. She enjoys writing and pursuing it to see where it leads. A devoted friend who loves unconditionally, Veronica tries to always walk in the footsteps of God. She lives in Missouri with her husband, Larry; two children Matthew and Megan.

ChristaChrista Hutchins, Real Life In The Gap Study Leader

Christa joined Online Bible Studies in 2012 as a study participant and then a Facebook small group leader. The Real Life in The Gap Study was started to provide Facebook small group participants with meaningful and flexible Bible study during the breaks between OBS studies. When she is not hanging out with her husband, son, daughter and son-in-law, you will usually find Christa with her nose in a historical fiction book!

nickiNicki Koziarz, P31 OBS Core Team, Study Leader

Nicki is a speaker, writer and on staff at Proverbs 31 Ministries. She is passionate about reaching people far from God and being a voice of Truth in her generation. Nicki lives in the cozy town of Matthews, NC {just outside of Charlotte, NC} with her amazingly handy husband Kris and their 3 beautiful girls; Taylor, Hope and Kennedy.

 

lisakrampLisa Kramp, P31 OBS Core Team, Director of Facebook Small Group Ministry

Lisa began Online Bible Studies as a participant in 2011. She was a part of the very first OBS small group and today she is the director of the small group ministry, which currently has 59 groups! Lisa lives in Indiana with her husband of 27 years, Dave and they have three grown sons.

lindakuharLinda Kuhar, P31 OBS Core Team, Teaching Team

Linda became a Women’s Christian Life Coach in 2010 after her miraculous healing from cancer and coma in 2009.  She now coaches women around the globe in spiritual growth, accountability and vision for their lives. Her greatest joy is empowering women to be who God designed them to be. Linda lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband Todd and daughter Megan.

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Linda Leighton, P31 OBS Senior Blog Editor

Linda began participating in Melissa Taylor’s Online Bible Studies in January of 2011. Since that first study, Linda has participated in eight online Bible studies, and will soon take on her fifth study as a small OBS Facebook group leader. She is actively serving in her church as the assistant to the Guest Services Manager and is in charge of scheduling and training of 50+ guest services workers. Linda lives in Oak Creek, WI, and is a “Mom” to two fur-babies; a 17-year-old cat, Reggie and a 3-year-old black lab/beagle mix, Disney.

JenniferNewsomJennifer Newsom, P31 OBS Core Team, Teaching Team

Jennifer has been involved with leading Online Bible Studies since 2011. She was honored to join P31 OBS in 2012 where her passion for walking alongside, and bringing the love of Jesus to women grew. Jennifer and her husband Billy homeschool their 4 children: Bryce, Logan, Emily and Ava.

 

JamyWhitakerJamy Whitaker, P31 OBS Core Team, Prayer Director and Teaching Team

Jamy began Online Bible Studies as a participant in the first study back in 2011 because it was such an answer to prayer. Two years later, she is now a part of the team that is reaching out and encouraging women around the world. Jamy lives in rural Indiana, with her husband, Mitch and five children, Taylor, Devin, Ethan, Quintin and Madilynn.

Social Media, Facebook Small Group, C.A.R.E.,  and Prayer Ministries

Kim Goldstein, Kyndra Kemp, Missy Pettigrew, Anna Walker, Barbara Prince, Sue Molitor, Tricia Davis, Charlotte Oliver, Teresa Wood, Nancy Miksad, Billie Schuttpelz, Robin Packer, Abby Nardi, Cheryl May, Beth Wright, Kendra Keller, Christa Fowler, Nichole Wolland, Jenny Armstrong, Bethany Wheeler, Donna Balsavich, Brittany Jacobson, Tristine Barry, Hope Aylor, Donna Harris, Emily Montjoy, Kelly Hamerle, Debbie Williams, Karri Hollingsworth, Kristy Aiken, Lauren Bates, Kris Danko, Denise Collins, Vashti Makupson, Melissa Sherlin, Lori Annette Blackwell, Carla Pollard, Breanna Davenport, Sandi Brewer, Lori Krance, Courtney Turner, Tina Kadolph, Marcie Anderson, Stacey Mendro, Erin Peters, Mary Bankert, Dottie McLelland, Pat Ewing, Heather Wade, Melanie Shannon, LaToshia Jarmon, Stephanie Solberg, Marlene Mosley, Anita Greenland, Trish Cordell, Jodi Bailey, Sherri H. Chatman, Katrina Wylie, Jean Marie Brown, Marilyn Vaters, Amanda Gibson, Amber Oatman, Beth Anderson, Jennifer Newsom, Kara Simpkins, Kelley Murphy, Lauren Beach, Shelly Faust, Stephanie Raquel, Tammy Burgess, Veronica Brown, Heather Bleier, Jen Sandbulte, Kelley Worley, Wendy Franke, Denise Kamppi, Amy Wall, Kristen Barkdull, Linnea Nelson, Jeanie Kelley, Janet Florine, Kandace Poindexter, Paige Ward, Kristi Seat

 

These ladies make up the Proverbs 31 Online Bible Studies Team. Each one makes a huge impact and a profound difference in the lives of the women they serve. We would not be where we are today without all of them.  It’s these ladies who make it possible for you to have such a wonderful experience in OBS.

Could I ask you a big favor? Would you join me in praying for your OBS leaders?  Say a prayer for them by name or write a prayer in the comment section? We are about to embark on a journey together and we would absolutely treasure your prayers. Ministry isn’t easy and I know this team of ladies would appreciate prayer more than anything else you could offer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

***Our winner of the Lysa TerKeurst 3 book give away is, Dionne, email beginning Dionnecspeaks. Dionne, email Angie@Proverbs31.org with your mailing information and we will send you your books. 
Thank you to the very generous ladies who donated books so that ladies who can not afford to purchase can have one. You are such a blessing and your generosity is very appreciated. Thank you so much!
Melissa