“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.” ~ Chuck Swindoll
For Heather Weisel, the ministry of WOW – Women for Oppressed Women is her heart, and she wants her family to see her heart. Since Heather was a young adult, God pierced her heart with a passion for helping the oppressed. Her roles as a wife and mother of three daughters have only deepened her desire to serve the marginalized and to involve her family in serving them as well. Becoming a part of WOW – Women for Oppressed Women, has provided Heather and her family with opportunities to serve the most vulnerable of our society.
“WOW matches my heart and my passion,” Heather says. “My 15-year journey of having three daughters has only heightened my awareness of the vulnerability of young women around the world. Through WOW, we all can serve these precious, oppressed souls.”
Heather joined WOW about 18 months ago after learning about the group from Chris Uhl. She volunteered with Chris in the children’s ministry at The Chapel in Green and kept hearing about the work that WOW was doing. The timing wasn’t right at first, but the more she heard about it, the more interested she became.
She believes that WOW promotes the principles James describes in verse 1:27 – “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
“WOW supports ministries that uphold the words of James and that serve the whole person – spiritual and physical,” Heather says. “Through my work and volunteer experience, I have become more and more aware of ministries that are ministering to the whole person and bringing shalom to the whole person. That is what I want to do, and WOW is making ministries like that happen.”
Heather highlights The Chapel’s mission to Mozambique as an excellent example of holistic service. The Chapel, alongside World Relief, not only ministers to the hearts of the Mozambicans, but has helped them gain access to clean water and to sustainable agriculture fields. Mozambican government officials have visited these fields to see how they can replicate their success in other parts of the country.
We can go out and tell people about Christ and the gospel,” Heather says, “But if we are loving people, we are really making a difference. Mozambique is one of the coolest examples of sharing Christ’s love.”
Heather adds that another benefit of serving in WOW has been her daughters’ participation in the Daughters of WOW (DOW). Through DOW, each girl got to use their gifts. Heather’s daughter, Grace, utilized her gift for artistic handwriting by creating signs for the Very Special Purse Party IV. Her daughter, Emma, got to bake cookies. And all of her girls were able to decorate bags, along with their discipleship groups, for the party’s Foo Foo and Ewe boutique. Adding to the blessing was her husband, Joel’s, participation as a silent auction volunteer at the party.
“Joel loved it!” Heather exclaims. “He has a whole list of ideas for future events.
“It is so cool to see how God uses every one of our gifts,” Heather continues. “Maybe you’re crafty and creative. God can use that. Or maybe you’re asking what is my gift? I have labored over that question myself. Then, I realized that the Bible says, ‘If it’s helps, help. If it’s speech, speak.’ Whatever it is you like to do, God can use you and you can invite your family to watch your heart in action.”