A visit by the group Harlem Aglow was a turning point in Rose Harvey's life.
The Harlem resident said she was in need of encouragement and love, and the women's ministry was there to put her back on her feet and regain her confidence and faith.
"Really, they saved my life," Harvey said of the group that first ministered to her in December. "I was a broken woman because I was soul sick."
Kim Cain, Harlem Aglow's president, made the difference in Harvey's life by listening to and loving Harvey and sharing the Christian faith with her.
"My heart is healing so," said Harvey, who is now an active member of the group. "I have faith in God and I have faith in my sisters. That's what I call them, my sisters, because that's what we are."
The Harlem organization will continue its efforts at 10 a.m. Saturday, playing host to guest speaker Kim Crabil, founder and president of Roses and Rainbows Ministries. The event will take place at the Harlem Woman's Club building on Milledgeville Road.
Crabil, a trained Biblical counselor, will share her "testimony of hope" as she blends Biblical principles with her own life experiences.
The public is invited to attend, including men. The event is free.
"We're just majorly blessed that she is coming to little Harlem, Georgia, for Harlem Aglow," Cain said.
Aglow International is a trans-denominational organization of Christian women with more than 4,000 local groups in 166 countries. It is one of the largest international women's organizations with more than 1,100 local groups in the United States alone.
Cain said the focus of Harlem Aglow is ministering to, restoring and activating women, where they feel comfortable to share their pain among other women.
"We're somebody who is willing to listen and care what they say," said Harlem Aglow member Betty Felton, who joined the organization three years ago.
The group concentrates on the local housing project neighborhood by visiting and ministering to residents, including an elderly bedridden woman who the Aglow members often pray with and sing to.
Aglow members not only minister, but help clean homes and yards and provide home repairs for the elderly or disabled, and share baked goods and other goodies and gifts with housing project residents at Christmas, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day and other holidays.
"Simple acts of kindness," Cain said. "It is a love thing. That's Aglow."
Harlem Aglow members also visit the Columbia County Detention Center monthly to minister to jailed women.
"We leave there so blessed and loved by those women," Cain said. "It is so rewarding."
The group has nearly 30 active members, from various Christian denominations, who meet at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of the month for praise, prayer and fellowship. Anyone is welcome to attend the meetings, which feature a speaker.
For more information, call Cain at (706) 541-1696.
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