Laura partnered with us in our Women’s Ministry holiday event, “A Brighter Christmas.” As a featured guest speaker, I appreciated how easy and reliable she was to work with. It’s not often that a speaker bridges the gap to inspire all generations from teens to senior adults, touching those just discovering Jesus to those seasoned in their faith, but Laura did just that. Her humor softened hearts and prepared the way for the sharing of her family’s profound story and for the challenging of each listener. Our hearts were full with the good medicine of laughter and the truth of God’s great love for each of us.
Maleka’s ministry of music added to the treasure they shared with us and put our holiday season into perspective. Every soul looked forward in a fresh way to seeing Jesus face to face! Many families on the adoption or foster care journey were encouraged as Laura’s story helped to renew their calling. There’s no doubt that Christmas will be brighter in and around each woman who was there, because of the blessing of Laura West.
I am writing this letter on behalf of the United Methodist Women of Washington Pike United Methodist Church in Knoxville, TN. We have been fortunate enough to hear the witness of Laura West at two of our meetings. Our groups were so blessed by Laura’s wonderful, God-given spirit and would recommend you consider including her in your upcoming events. You will not be disappointed.
Laura’s message is one the you will never forget. She spoke recently at our Di’s Hope Women’s Conference in Cuba, Alabama and what a blessing we received. Her delivery plays on all emotions, laughter, tears and a deep sense of longing to be better than we are. We will never forget Maleka. This precious child stood before us and sang with a voice that only God could have given her. Our hearts were filled. Laura is a speaker that no one should miss. It is our desire that she will return to our conference.
In 2009, I had the honor and privilege to hear Laura West speak at Madison Avenue Baptist church in Maryville, TN. Her life story will simply overwhelm you. She has a heart full of love and kindness for everyone she meets, especially for less fortunate children. She blessed us through song and words of a very powerful message regarding her life journey with her adopted daughter, Maleka, who I had the pleasure of meeting that day.
I am truly thankful for the opportunity to have heard Laura speak and also to have heard Maleka sing. I hope you will be given the same opportunity to meet Laura and Maleka and receive the same joy that I received. I look forward to inviting Laura and Maleka back to our church in the near future. If you have any questions regarding their previous engagement with our church, I am happy to speak with you at your convenience.