In just three short years, God has led WOW – Women for Oppressed Women from a dream of a purse party shared by three women, to a network of 12 board members and hundreds of friends with one heart: giving life and livelihood to the poor and oppressed around the globe.

We have watched God move in our midst to establish agricultural and sewing microenterprises in Mozambique, to raise the funds for a second agriculture field and to support ministries to the oppressed in India and in our own backyard of Greater Akron.

As WOW looks ahead, we are excitedly planning for the Very Special Purse Party III (see our “Events” page for more details) on November 7, 2014 – this time with a focus on ministries to Northeast Ohioans, but always being mindful of our friends in Mozambique and other developing countries. We look forward to reviewing local grant applications (see the box on our home page), which we are sure will inspire us with stories of the humble servants who want to share God’s glory with those in need. And we know that God will surprise us with new ideas and initiatives as we look to Him for guidance.

WOW praises God for His graciousness, and we listen intently for His direction. He tells us in Isaiah 30:21,

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’

Armed with our faith in God, our obedience to His call, our mission to serve and our hearts for the poor and oppressed around the globe, we fix our eyes on Jesus, waiting to see what God has on the horizon.

Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives, as well. – 1 Thessalonians 2:8