Katherin, the NYC WOV Chapter Advocacy Chair, has demonstrated on many occasions how easily and quickly someone with a Smartphone can make a difference. She has directed our group to participate in sending letters to congress to petition to provide life-saving assistance to combat extreme global poverty, hunger and disease. As our Advocacy Chair she leads us in learning practical ways to make a difference for the vulnerable ones around the world who need a voice.
Q: How long have you been a WOV partner?
I became a NYC Women of Vision partner about 2 years ago. After attending the first introductory/informational meeting in the fall of 2010, I wanted to be a part of this new WoV chapter that was forming in New York City.
Q: Why did you choose to become a WOV partner?
Initially, I had no intention of joining the group when I came to the first event. My attendance was more out of an obligation to my friend, Rochelle, who invited me. However, after hearing the purpose and vision of the group, I felt the need to come back for "The Heart of the Matter" studies. As I participated in the study, I was able to think and see outside of myself and my own problems. I was reminded of the truth that I had everything to be grateful for and that everything that I had were by God's grace and mercy. I was shown a glimpse of God's heart for the most vulnerable in the world, the women and children in the poorest countries. I wanted to be with other women who wanted to utilize their talents, time, money, and influence to make a difference in these women and children's lives.
Q: What benefits of partnership have you realized?
Living in New York City, I have had many opportunities to get involved in and volunteer for numerous non-profits organizations that serve the needs of the poor and marginalized in our city. As a WoV partner, I'm able to also serve others, beyond my city limits, even across the globe. By studying together with like-minded women, I'm encouraged and challenged to have a heart that is more like the Father's -- to ache for those who suffer injustice and inequality.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who's considering partnership?
I recommend that you come to as many meetings and events as you can. I think our group will appear more and more attractive (not our outer appearances, although we do have a group of beautiful women!) to you because I believe that God is working in and through our group. If there are ways for you to get more involved than just attending the meetings/events, then jump in! It is my opinion that the more involved you are, the more encouraged you are to develop a bigger and softer heart that is more like Christ's.