Over 240 people turned out in their droves for the 7th annual Wise Women Awards organised by Wisdom for Women International and Keep The Faith magazine.
The Christie Suite of the London Hilton Kensington hotel was packed to capacity as people came to celebrate the achievements of ordinary women doing extraordinary things and find out who had been selected to win an award.
As well as the inspirational awards ceremony, guests were treated to some exceptional music ministry from Lurine Cato, Millicent Stephenson, Beverley Trotman and Janine Dyer, and moving talks from Wise Women Award founder Pastor Marjorie Esomowei and the guest of honour Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin.
Youth Award – for a young woman positively influencing others went to Rhoda Adjei. Rhoda is a university student who shares the gospel with her fellow students, and helps those in difficulty by taking on part time jobs. With one degree already under belt, she is now studying to be a doctor.
Music Award – for a woman touching lives through her music ministry went to Millicent Stephenson who has mastered the saxophone, normally seen as a man’s instrument. She’s a music teacher giving lessons to school pupils and private clients. Her sessions can turn into ministry sessions which provide support and encouragement.
Business Award, sponsored by Obaseki Solicitors, for a woman whose business is positively impacting the community went to Elizabeth Forbes Stobbes, the founder and CEO of Dial a Carer, providing home care for the elderly and infirm. Elizabeth is passionate about providing exceptional care and goes beyond the call of duty to help her clients.
Christian Leadership Award for a woman who demonstrates exceptional leadership of a church or ministry was given to Sonia Phillip. Sonia has been a Christian for 35 years and currently serves as assistant pastor at Grace Temple United Pentecostal church in Catford, south east London. She has also served as a school governor and is on the Executive Committee of Goldsmith Community Organisation.
Missions Award sponsored by Christian Aid for a woman carrying out overseas missions work was given to Esther Baiden for Francis Foundation, a charity that provides practical help to single mothers and orphans in the UK and Ghana. Esther works as a cleaner, and has used her own funds and helped over 350 women and children during the past four years.
Life Turnaround Award for a woman whose life has been transformed by the gospel and is now positively helping others went to Kim Bacchus. Kim is a minister in training who is also a survivor of domestic violence, and is now working to raise awareness of the issue within the church, and empower people with the spiritual, emotional and practical tools they need to combat abuse in relationships.
The TCI Exceptional Woman Award for a female member of TCI whose life demonstrates Christian values was given to Mudope Ibiwoye. Mudope got a post graduate degree whilst raising her young children and served as Vice President of OMEP, and recently started up a child minding business and Nursery at the grand age of 72.
Keep The Faith Woman of The Year Award given to a woman who exemplifies Christian values through her life and work was given to Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin. This Jamaican born minister grew up in a tenement yard in Montego Bay, Jamaica. God has taken Revd Hudson-Wilkin, from a humble beginning, into the heart of the British establishment where she now serves as Chaplain to the Queen. She made history last year when she became the first black woman to be appointed Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. An Anglican Minister, Revd Hudson-Wilkin is a woman that loves God and God’s people and is a credit to the black community and the wider church.
Preparations are already underway for next year’s Wise Women Awards. If you would like to be a Wise Woman Award sponsor and raise the profile of your business, ministry or charity in the process, please call 07877 395955.
By Marcia Dixon
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