Hattitude 2.0 Chosen for Royalty Retreat
HOUSTON, TEX. – Women from across the North American Division territory joined the Southwest Region Conference Women’s Bilingual Spiritual Retreat, “Hattitude 2.0 Chosen for Royalty,” on Oct. 7-9, 2022, at the Omni Houston Hotel, in Houston, Tex. Over 439 women were in attendance.
The retreat began on Friday evening with beautiful praise and worship by N’Harmony of New Orleans, La. The guest speakers were DeeAnn Bragaw, North American Division women’s ministries director; Lola Moore-Johnston, senior pastor of the Restoration Praise Center; Esmeralda Guzman-Harris, Southeastern Conference women’s ministries director; Nadine Collins, Ph.D., Women’s Leadership Expert and Spiritual Wellness Coach; and our own Southwestern Union Conference Women’s Ministries Director Letty Craig.
Other presenters brought a unique perspective with their messages and workshop presentations and helped to remind us of our value to God. Many women of God contributed to making “Hattitude 2.0 Chosen for Royalty” a blessing for all, and we praise God for each of them. Rita Joseph and her team directed the Prayer Room with its daily devotional. It was a source of great excitement, and many hearts were stirred.
The attendees came seeking to be inspired, rejuvenated and make new connections. They enjoyed Christian fellowship and received a much-needed boost to keep moving forward in the work of God. Special guest speakers and workshop presenters challenged them to know their purpose and value, and like Esther, God sometimes calls us to do life-altering things “for such a time as this.” Testimonies and opportunities for prayer and fellowship were powerful and available.
The weekend retreat included a program called “God’s Daughters,” a program for young ladies ages 10-20. It teaches life skills, financial literacy and social graces to help inspire and motivate the next generation for Christ. Sixty-three young ladies completed the training, and 30 have achieved it with Pathfinder honors. A “Forever Princess Ball” to culminate the completion of this initiative was held on Saturday night. Many recipients received educational scholarships ranging from $150-$1,300.
With the great commission as a goal, seven women gave their lives to Jesus, and four were baptized at the “Hattitude 2.0 Chosen for Royalty” Retreat. To God be the glory!
By Anysia Archibald
Women’s Ministries Director