Guest post by Michelle Chitwood, wife of KBC Executive Director-Treasurer Paul Chitwood
I can remember the first love letter I wrote to my husband. It was Valentines Day 1982. I was in the 6th grade. I carefully picked out the perfect card for Paul. It was adorned with the famous comic strip character Ziggy. I smuggled the card to school the next day and asked my friend to address it since she had much neater handwriting. Nervously, I had her deliver the card to Paul. He took the card from her and headed to History class.
My bold trip to Hallmark so long ago paid off! Thirty–one years ago I would have never believed that I would be married to the boy I sent that card to. I also would have never believed that God would bless me with the privilege of being a minister’s wife.
When Paul’s role changed from being a pastor to directing mission work in our state and encouraging our pastors, my role changed too. I prayed that God would give me guidance. I prayed that I could help encourage the ministers’ wives of Kentucky and also help each of us realize the important role we have as the biggest encourager in our husband’s life.
So, ladies, I would like to invite you meet me at the Ministers’ Wives luncheon during the annual gathering of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Our luncheon will be a time for you to be encouraged and for each of us to learn to be a better encourager to our husbands.
Kathy Litton from Flourish Ministries will be our guest speaker. Kathy has an amazing story to share about how God’s grace has empowered her through grief, loss and constant change. Lunch will be provided as well as a few other gifts and surprises.
Planning this luncheon has been amazing. I have learned so much about how our Baptist family adores its ministers’ wives. Because of the Cooperative Program and the generosity of our Kentucky Baptist and Southern Baptist institutions and agencies this is a free event!
The date for the luncheon is November 12 at Lone Oak Baptist Church. You can register on line at www.kybaptist.org/ministerswives. Childcare will be provided upon request at the time of registration.
We will take up a special offering to help the wife of a retired or deceased minister through Mission Dignity. Mission Dignity is a ministry of Guidestone of the Southern Baptist Convention that assists retired ministers and their spouses with their financial needs. If you aren’t the wife of a minister but would still like to be a blessing to a retired minister or their spouse, you can do so at www.missiondignitysbc.org.