“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
Since our founding in February 2011, WOW—Women for Oppressed Women has been blessed to work with hundreds of volunteers and friends who contributed their own unique gifts of time, talent, and treasure for the sake of the poor and oppressed. A special nucleus of women, however, have joined arms through each phase of WOW’s existence, and God has bound them together in a unique sisterhood that neither time nor distance can separate. WOW is a sisterhood for every season.
Linda Thompson and Jenn Lewis are two WOW sisters who have put their hands to the plow and worked tirelessly for the poor and oppressed, even in the midst of many other demands.
For several years, Linda and her husband, Ray, have come alongside dozens of married couples as marriage mentors, encouraging men and women to nurture the bond that God deems second only to our relationship with Him. The couple also has taken their mission of marital fortification across the globe, embarking on many mission trips to Bulgaria and Mozambique. In each of those countries, they have chosen to build friendships for eternity over acquaintances for ephemerality. Linda and Ray are a couple committed to the long haul, as evidenced by their own 50-year journey as husband and wife, all the while thoroughly enjoying each other and their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.
Jenn Lewis and her husband, Nelson, have been active members of The Chapel since moving to the area after graduation from Cedarville University. Although neither Jenn nor Nelson are natives of Northeast Ohio, they quickly made the Akron/Canton area their home, serving the people here with the selfless love of their Savior. In addition to raising two children, Jenn has led Bible studies, served in The Chapel’s nursery, taught women from Mogadore to Mozambique how to knit, and turned her creative talents into treasures for the poor and oppressed by selling hand-made items in local boutiques. Most recently, Jenn combined her creativity with Nelson’s engineering skills to build a “global hut,” a traveling booth that enables WOW to showcase handmade products from Akron, Africa, Asia and beyond, all proceeds being used to underwrite ministries serving those in greatest need.
Unfortunately, for the sisters of WOW, Linda’s and Jenn’s time of hands-on work alongside us has reached an intermission. Linda and Ray are being called to increased ministries at The Chapel in Green; and Jenn, Nelson and their family are relocating to Vermont in order for Nelson to accept a new position with his company. Note, however, that this is only an intermission. As stated earlier, WOW is a forever bond. While God may call us to new assignments and environs, He has permanently linked us through a passion for His gospel and a compassion for those in great need. We look forward to seeing how God will use each of these ladies in their new circles of influence. We also will stand ready to serve them in their roles as richly as they have served WOW. Will you please join us in praying for Linda, Jenn and their families? Perhaps you could even leave messages of encouragement in the comments section of our Facebook page! To God be the glory!
© March 2017