God's GALS traveled to Sugar Creek Baptist Church on March 21 & March 22, 2013 for the Revive Tour hosted by Revive Our Hearts ministry. This tour is visiting 8 major cities across the United States. We enjoyed amazing teaching from Nancy Lee DeMoss and worship led by Shannon Wexelberg. We even participated in a live, 1/2 day radio recording session! Please visit her True Woman website for solid Biblical teaching and other godly resources just for women! http://www.truewoman.com/
One of God's GALS, Meredith Bard, in Haiti loving God's children in March 2013!
Matthew 25:40
Check out Meredith's Blog at http://meredithbard.wordpress.com/

Blood Drive Dedicated to Kay Frels
This article was published in the Jackson-County Herald on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 

       As we get into the holiday season, several local entities want to make sure there is an opportunity to give thanks by giving.
       “Thanks for Giving,” a community blood drive will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at the Brackenridge Main Event Center, hosted by Lavaca-Navidad River Authority, Jackson Electric Cooperative, Edna Rotary Club, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, and the First United Methodist Church of Edna.
       “November, December and January are very tight times for area hospitals that count on the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center for their blood supply,” said Roy Griffin, general manager of Jackson Electric Cooperative. “With the holiday rush, potential donors can be too busy to drop in for their normal donation.”
       In the past, JEC has held a blood drive at its offices on the day before Thanksgiving.  "The day before any major holiday is a very non-productive time so we “bribe” our potential donors by allowing them time off on that day after they donate,” he said. 
Griffin and the other sponsors hope by holding the blood drive on the day before Thanksgiving to encourage many in the community to take time to donate blood before the holiday.
      JEC’s blood drive often produced 25 to 30 units of blood, according to Griffin. By opening the drive to the community and holding it at the BRC, his goal is to collect up to 200 units.
Those who have benefited from blood donations in the past are invited to drop by and thank the donors. Those who are unable to give for medical reasons or otherwise are also encouraged to go and express their gratitude.
       “We are also asking groups in the community to bring cookies and other treats as an expression of thanks for those who give,” Griffin added.
       This year the blood drive is dedicated to Kay Frels, a beloved member of the community and employee of JEC who died unexpectedly earlier this year. Frels coordinated the drives and JEC and worked with LNRA on its drives.  “She represented what we wish to acknowledge with this drive,” Griffin said. Future drives will honor other active donors, he added.
Donors may show up between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or schedule their donation by calling Missie Landry at 771-4425 or 782-7193.


Kay Frel's Ministry

Find out more about Kay Frels and her ministry at http://kayfrels.blogspot.com/







What impact does one life make

By Paul Harrison, Staff Writer  Published Wednesday 10/10/2012

Jackson County Herald-Tribune

             What impact does one life make? Kay Frels passed away this past May, having touched lives just being herself, and among those she touched and changed were a trio of women brought together by an echo of her impact on their lives. Jennifer Storz, Tyanne Rakowitz and Monica Bard are now reaching out to the entire Gulf Coast and Crossroads area women the way they were reached by Kay.

            The ladies formed God’s GALS - Growing And Learning Servants of Christ - and are holding a kick-off ministry event, a women’s escape in Wharton Nov. 2-3.

            “Known to God, but not to us, Kay had planted and watered seeds in all three of us,” said Bard.

            “Frels’ passing gave clarity,” said Storz. “Tyanne and I both had stirrings of the spirit of doing something, but weren’t sure what direction.”

            “Women need encouragement as never before in today’s society,” said Rakowitz. “So, our emphasis is to reach out to all women, in all seasons of life.”

            By putting the conference in Wharton, they are hoping God’s GALS reaches as wide an area as possible.

            “We hope to offer opportunities to do things online as well as face to face,” said Storz. “We find there are not that many opportunities for women in rural communities to come together for retreats.”

            Usually, travel becomes an issue with retreats in Houston  or Austin, and small children and elderly parents have to be taken into consideration, points out Rakowitz.

            “It’s the need we see that needs to be met (in this area),” Storz said of starting with an area-wide scope. “It’s different when it’s just one person trying to do something large-scale, but the three of us are very connected to the community in our three separate towns. In addition to hopefully growing our board and bringing in more interest, we have the support in place to at least get started.”

            The escape is only the leading edge of what they hope to get started, with considerations for Bible studies, classes on home organization, finances and balancing priorities and a prayer group, depending on feedback from the conference. 

            “Sometimes you have to think big and go out of your comfort zone in order to really make things happen,” smiled Storz.

            “We’ve worked on different aspects going on during the retreat itself,” said Rakowitz. “It’s fellowship and fun, but still feeling His presence and just connecting with other Christian women. I don’t think women do that enough. We put ourselves on the back burner, especially moms. Everything comes in front of ourselves.

            “We feel like this is an opportunity for people to step away from the busy-ness of their lives and just be in His presence.”

            The gals of God’s GALS say they’ve felt God’s hand in the planning and set up of the retreat.

            “Of course it takes hard work and creativity and a commitment of time for each other and for our families, but all in all it’s been a smooth process,” said Storz. “All of our resources, everything we’ve needed has just come together.”

            All of it has been about coming together, starting with Kay Frels.

            “In her daily life, she had character and integrity and it showed,” Rakowitz grinned. “She wasn’t afraid to go up to someone she may not know and share God’s word with them.

            “Proverbs 31 that was read at her funeral brought tears to my eyes because that is the woman I worked so hard to be. She was that woman.”

            To sign up or volunteer for God’s GALS, visit their website at www.godsgals.org, email info@godsgals.org or look them up on Facebook. Retreat registration forms are also available at the Jackson County Herald-Tribune.