Twenty years ago, God gave me a vision of a ministry that would Empower Women. It gives me great joy and pleasure to introduce you to Lydia's Retreat Center: A Resource For Women. I gave my life to Christ at age 5 and was baptized. Through the years, I have served in many ministries and have volunteered at various nonprofit organizations. In 2007, I completed the Ministers In Training Program and received my license in ministry from Wayland Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. My initial sermon was entitled: A Gift From God.
God gave us the greatest gift of love through Jesus. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ep 2:8-10 (ESV)
An Outreach Ministry is born, "It's Tea Time" an annual tea for senior women. After completing a Christian - based women's program (2010), the vision went to another level. In 2014, Broken Healed and Delivered (BHAD) was born. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps. 34:10 & Ps. 147:3 KJ). The focus was sisters encouraging sisters and the Monarch Butterfly became the ministry's symbol. Like the Monarch, Lydia has broken through to soar.
My Prayer – God will do a New Thing with this website, so that many will be blessed. Lydia is an online ministry with a vision to reach women all over the world. We want to build relationships with partners that will help empower women to grow in leadership and become the best of who they are.
Apostle Paul tells us, we are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed 2 Co 4:8-9 (KJ). I pray that in hard times women can learn from this platform, how to release and let God be the guiding light in her life. Never Give Up!
The journey is Yours. Use the website as a resource to help you in your Purpose. The Bible will be the standard for this website. God's word will not lead us astray. Who is Lydia? In the Bible in Acts 16:12-15,40; Philippians 1:1-10, she was Paul's first convert in Philippi and the first to convert to Christianity in Europe. You can learn more about this Christian businesswoman on this site under the Business Link. I am committed to serving God through His people. Enjoy your journey.
Peace and Blessings
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.” Is 61:3 (KJ21)
Vision - A ministry to empower women.
It's Tea Time - Annual tea for senior women.
Broken Healed and Delivered (BHAD) was born. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Ps. 34:10 & Ps. 147:3 KJ).
Lydia's Retreat Center: A Resource For Women is launched . (9/3/2020)
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