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Widow Strong Q3 Mission Impact Report





Widow Strong Saturday Edition Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Ever have one of those days…weeks…or months? Me too. As we outreach together to serve our widows and their children at Widow Strong, the month of September became my personally most challenging time for 2021. 

We had a wonderful Red Carpet event (thank you to all who came and supported) and a fantastic Q3! Then, my family and I were under the weather, which led to my coordinating events from home and holding grief support zoom meetings while we were all still recovering during September. My girls and I are doing well now, thank God! 

As we continue to serve our widowed community, I’m reminded of a principle that has guided me for many years both as a widowed mom and as the founder of Widow Strong. 

It is simply this: when I feel overwhelmed either raising teenagers as a solo mom or shouldering nonprofit responsibilities, I stand on God’s promises of protection and provision. (Click here to see a list of Biblical promises for widows and their children). 

Whether you’re the CEO of your business or your home, take a moment to reflect that it’s not all on you.

Isn’t that a relief? 

I love the Amplified Bible version of what 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”

And when you have done all you can do…

Stand.

Keep showing up for your life and your family. Make the NBD: Next Best Decision. Sometimes the NBD is to relax, take a break from
stress, and do something fun with your family. Choosing to rest is its own act of faith. Sometimes the NBD is to tidy up and just try again tomorrow. 

Let your heart rest knowing that God has your back as you stand your ground for your family and as you craft a life you love. This process takes time. 

Standing Ground
There’s a story my father told me once of a church in Poland that stood their ground every Sunday for 22 years after their church building was raised during communism. When communism fell in Poland (over two decades later) the church building was rebuilt in its original ground.

But it’s that period of expectant waiting where the real transformation took place. 

Those Polish church members became warriors of perseverance through literally standing their ground. Without a building, they kept attending church services. In the snow. In the rain. Outside. For 22 years… By the way, Poland isn’t known for short or mild winters. 

By choosing to stand, their legacy became the power of perseverance.

The Power of Widow-ing Strong
When I became a widowed mom and felt entirely overwhelmed and actually briefly considered giving up on the day of my late husband’s memorial service, my father sternly reminded me that his mother, my grandmother, went to a concentration camp after becoming a widowed mom and parented her children (my father and aunt) through unspeakable challenges as a Polish Catholic in Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. (I made an Southeastern Emmy award-winning documentary about my Polish family’s story entitled Burning Questions, you can watch it on Amazon Prime by clicking here). 

My grandmother’s legacy of perseverance as a widowed mom wasn’t just about her survival or the survival of her children in Nazi-occupied Poland. My grandmother’s legacy outlived her and literally changed and saved my life as a newly widowed mom in 2007. 

How we shepherd our pain matters far beyond our years on earth. 

My grandmother is my example of Widow-ing Strong and I am continually amazed at the stories of strength in our own widowed community! These stories of hope are our powerful collective legacy of perseverance! 

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

Fall is coming and, with your help, we have more exciting events planned for the rest of the year. Let’s jump in!

Make a powerful, lasting impact with your business or nonprofit using the innovative insights and practical systems in the new book, Move: The 4-question Go-to-Market Framework! I’m so honored to share the mission of Widow Strong on The Sales View of Go-To-Market with Jill Rawley, as we talked about the book launch of Move: The 4-question Go-to-Market Framework, by Sangram Vajre & Bryan Brown! You can see my portion on this program starting at minute 36. This book provides vital information to help your business or mission thrive! Pick it up today on Amazon! #WidowStrong #MovetheBook #nonprofit #business

Reflecting on the 3rd Quarter

Our biggest event for Q3 was the fundraiser held in tandem with the Premier
of Rebuild and Restore on August 28th, 2021. See highlights of the event in the video below.

Re-watch the Red Carpet Event

Back to School

The Widow Strong Back to School Event was a success! It was held at the Widows Empowerment Center July 27th-July 29th.

We are proud to partner with Pulte Homes and Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church to provide area widows and their children with a new backpack and school supplies for the opening of the school year! Thank you!

A day of pampering

Cathedral International Church invited the widows of Widow Strong for a pampering event Sunday, September 12, at their church in Kennesaw. The church offered massages, hairdos, braids, nail care, prayer, car cleaning services and a meal.

Widow Strong on Zoom

We are loving our weekly Zoom meetings for our widows. On Sunday nights at 7 pm, we have meetings for widows interested in leading Widow Strong chapters and using our Biblically-based 180 Your Life grief empowerment study. On Monday nights at 8 pm, we have a zoom grief support meeting open to all our widows.  Contact carrie@widowstrong.com for the Zoom link and passcode.

Rebuild & Restore Premiere 

September 1 saw the premier of Rebuild & Restore. Founder Mishael Porembski helps widows find their way through grief and loss as part of the show. The show is available to over 600,000 subscribers in North America on the PureFlix.com streaming network. 

Watch Rebuild & Restore on PureFlix

Let’s Celebrate Fall!

The Widow Strong Family Fall Outing at Buford Corn Maze is taking place in Buford, GA on Saturday, October 9th. If widows mention the Widow Strong discount at the ticket counter they get $5 off the admission price of $16. The discounted price of $11 per person includes the corn maze, unlimited hayrides and the kids corner with interactive exhibits. They also have a pumpkin patch for photo opportunities. Pony rides are an additional $6 and optional. The corn maze opens at 10 am. At 2 pm we will take a Widow Strong group picture and hand out snack bags to all widows and kiddos that attend. Hope to see you there!

Location: 
Buford Corn Maze
4470 Bennett Rd
 Buford, GA 30519-1837

RSVP

If you are a widow, we don’t want finances to stop your family from attending. If you need scholarship tickets, please contact us at hello@widowstrong.com. Scholarship tickets are available on a first-come-first-served basis and as giving allows. If you would like to GIVE so a widowed family can enjoy our pumpkin patch event, please click here and donate $25 per person. Thanks!

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Join us for Miles for Bethany 5K
 
We are less than two months out from the Miles for Bethany 5K. We are Stronger Together, so let’s train together! Click here to register to train.

The 5K is on Saturday, November 13, 2021. We hope you’ll be there to celebrate Bethany’s life, to support the causes she loved, and to cheer each other on.

Where:
Brook Run Park
4770 N Peachtree Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Register to Race
Register to Train for Race

We appreciate your partnership as we continue to grow Stronger Together while serving widowed families in honor of James 1:27!

Onward, Friends!
Mishael Porembski
WidowStrong.com

 

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