DIVAS Fellowship and Outreach Ministry was planted in my soul in August 2008 by name, shortly after my rededication to Christ. I have always had a strong desire to help women with a broken spirit who felt lost and discouraged, but this time it was different. It was more than a desire, it became my purposed living. The reason I am still standing today is because of the love and true sisterhood of women God blessed me with throughout my life and especially in my times of need. I now owe it to those lost sisters to help them find Jesus Christ, The Way, The Truth and The Light.
DIVAS Ministry first began as an outreach opportunity and then a desire to fellowship. The outreach would help women pursuing God's purpose and greatness but being distracted by life’s obstacles. The fellowship luncheon was an opportunity for women to exhale the stress of life and breathe God’s breath of life over the course of a light lunch. Well, that was my idea but God had a more meaning plan. At the first luncheon after the meal and introductions, a few women stayed behind to truly grasp the vision God gave me. They began to plant seeds into this vision; this Ministry of helping broken women heal through the love of God demonstrated true sisterhood. So I sat down with my pastor and asked what do I do now? Since then, he has covered us through his ministry covering, Changing Lives Ministries (CLM), and provided guidance, direction, mentoring, and coaching in all the areas we need to solidify the staying power of DIVAS Fellowship and Outreach Ministry. Some important dates I will never forget are: 26 Jan 2009, I shared the complete vision out loud in the basement of a girlfriend’s house at a fellowship dinner. On 19 March 2009, we hosted the first fellowship luncheon and 17 April 2009 was our first mentoring session at the college campus. On 1 May 2009, we received our covering from CLM and then on 7 June 2009 we were incorporated in the State of Illinois and approved by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. In six short months, God brought forth a ministry of women that is still changing, transforming, healing, inspiring, encouraging, empowering, witnessing, praying, and praising together. His word said, write the vision and make it plain...and He will make it great!
Today DIVAS Fellowship and Outreach Ministry is stronger than ever, not because of our numbers but because of the women who have commited to restoring a sisterhood - starting with just ONE. Our fellowships are refills for the women running on empty and need a fresh and focused word they can apply to everyday life. Our mentoring programs are centered on helping our young women break generational curses and becoming future leaders in their communities. Our desire is to provide the resources that will encourage, empower, equip and inspire their spirits with the ultimate purpose of saving their lives but more importantly, their souls.
If you envision yourself serving, learning, and connecting with DIVAS - reach out, lift up, lean in, press through, and grab hold - we are here, waiting to serve you!