Rounette Johnson/For The Times
Diane Hinkle, independent consultant, and Lynne Ford, director of volunteers at the United Way Association, lead the women in movement and dance.
A spiritual connection took place as women of diversity gathered together for the first Healing Hurting Hearts through Christ women’s retreat held this past weekend in Pawleys Island.
Some traveled from Charlotte, North Carolina and Columbia to attend the retreat that was held at the Chapel of the Pawleys Island Community church on Friday evening and Saturday morning.
The women came to re-energize their relationship with Christ and wanted to hear and learn the power of healing.
A portion of the proceeds from the retreat will go to an organization called Caring in Our Lifetime: A Local Fight Against Breast Cancer in Horry and Georgetown Counties.
Crystal Moose of Pawleys Island said she came to the retreat to get encouragement from God and just to experience whatever she could receive from God.
Cheryl Baldwin said she came to fellowship with women of God and to support her Pastor Nita Daigle.
Lynne Ford, director of volunteers at the United Way Association, said the Lord gave her a dream to have a women’s retreat.
She said the dream took place about three years ago and she wrote the details in her journal.
“Last year I was at a women’s conference and it was there when I knew it was time to launch mine. Last spring I started planning, and talking with women; I knew they were carrying a lot of pain.”
She said women don’t always know how to deal with the pain they are carrying around.
“Women we are nurturers and take on other people’s burdens, whether it’s family, friends, co-workers, and often strangers. We tend to do so much for others that we often do not stop to take of our selves,” added Ford.
The women at the retreat created an atmosphere of praise and worship as guitarist Holly Cervini played several worship songs.
“Open The Eyes of My Heart Lord,” appeared to be a favorite.
Nita Daigle, Kristin Alford, Dr. Leslie Bessellieu, and Katrina Spigner were the speakers of the hour.
Nita Daigle, a pastor and wife of senior pastor of Prevailing Purpose Church in Georgetown, spoke of fear.
”We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” said Daigle using a quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Women suffer from Decidophobia, a fear of making decisions, said Daigle.
Kriston Alford, director of All Saints Church School, discussed, “How to get self out of the way.”
“We are hurt, we are bruised and we are battered. I pray healing for each woman,” Alford said.
Dr. Leslie Bessellieu, clinical psychologist, walked the women through steps of why we fear and also gave healing solutions on forgiveness. Katrina Spigner, author and speaker, talked about putting up walls and how to stop putting on a good front.
“When we hide we sometimes block our blessings from God,” Spigner said.
Diane Hinkle, independent consultant, led the women in movement, teaching them the Macarena dance.
An emotional time in the retreat came when Lynne Ford introduced her mother, Shirley Bessellieu to the women.
With tears in her eyes, she thanked her mother for being her best friend and always being there for her.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times
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