Judith Dean's Story
In looking back on the years I was President of ABWM of Massachusetts, I can honestly say these were some of the best! It was an honor but also a time of forming friendships, spiritual growth and reaching for new challenges. Participating in our ministry in local churches, associations, state and on a national level, I felt the strong connection and relational circle of American Baptist Women.
Here in Massachusetts, in addition to our Fall Meeting and Spring Conference, we added the first Winter Spiritual Retreat. I recall getting into the elevator that first day and realizing I didn’t know anyone there! This event spoke to many first timers, a blessing, indeed.
After my term ended, I served on the General Board of ABC/USA on the Board of International Ministries. When asked to serve as President of IM, I recalled the phrase, “God uses broken pieces of clay,” from a meeting of ABWM, giving me the courage to accept. I recall being overwhelmed by the goodness of God as I led the reading of the Litany of commissioning new missionaries. It was, indeed, a mountaintop experience.
I am forever grateful for the blessings I have known through ABWM, for the sisters in Christ who upheld me in prayer and love. Wonderful memories!
- Judith Dean