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Anticipation was high as fifty women entered the Community building in Lakeland, Florida in mid-June. Women had come on this Friday evening because of a friend, an invite on Facebook, or in response to a poster they’d seen in town.

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Participants weren’t quite sure what to expect but the Detox team welcomed them with excitement. They discovered how to make healthier snacks, save money by using phone couponing apps, and turn dreams into reality through creating a vision board. They even spent a few minutes energizing their bodies through Zumba.

Women connected and made new friends. During the wrap up, participants heard how God transformed a woman’s life through her health journey, then the emcee invited attendees to continue the conversation through Community groups. The Detox team had pre-planned to meet in different Lakeland locations. Through these gatherings, women can discuss dreams and priorities, learn how to get some Rest, and build faith and friendship through a Pray & Play group for moms and kids.

God showed up and met women right where they were. His work is evidenced by this Facebook message sent to one of the presenters:

I just went as a favor to one of the girls I work with. Thank you for speaking hope into my life last night. … I just recently got betrayed and hurt more than you can possibly imagine and I just haven’t been able to pull myself out of the rut wondering why God keeps allowing my heart to be broken and my world to be shattered over and over. I have been dealing with a lot of depression and struggling worse than ever, so meeting you last night was definitely a God send.

Let’s pray that God will continue to work in women’s lives through the Community groups that will meet in the months ahead.


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