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April 8, 2020















Dear Sisters,


God is allowing people throughout the world to experience something that no one has ever experienced at anytime before in life.  COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, is wreaking havoc in our lives causing many to be filled with feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.  Even so, we have the assurance that God will take care of us.


Many are asked to stay home and others are ordered to stay home.  Many have become unemployed and others have been directed to work from home.  Many Churches are in a quandary; schools, public and private, colleges and universities have emptied their dormitories and are now providing instruction online for the remainder of the semester.  Doctors are providing virtual care; hospitals are in crisis; sports seasons are canceled; stores are operating differently; airlines have cut domestic flights by as much as 75% and most foreign flights are canceled; city streets are virtually empty; restaurants are ordered to discontinue dine-in services; the stock market is crashing almost daily; many of our federal governmental leaders are in disarray, and on, and on the disruption of society goes.  Thousands have contracted the virus and hundreds are no longer among the living.  It is a dire time and we have no idea when this pandemic will subside‼️


The Givelify Prong of the Headquarters Liquidation Campaign Team sincerely understands the situation which each of you may be experiencing.  Therefore, we want you to not feel obligated to participate in the Givelithon that will be conducted on April 8, the day on which this organization was officially organized.  If you are able to participate, we will appreciate ANY amount that you give regardless of how small or how large.  Those who have paid $520 or above, may give only if they have more to give and are desirous of contributing more.


This is an individual, personal, activity.  As such, state presidents, local presidents, regional vice-presidents, the vice president at-large, and President Payton are not being asked to contact anyone or hold a meeting to ask members to participate in the Givelithon.  We appreciate all that these leaders have done and will do in the future, but they are NOT being asked to do anything with the members for this Givelithon.  The only contacts regarding this Givelithon will be made by the Prong I Team via Eblast and information robo calls.


May the Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient God bless each of you now and forevermore.  May He reveal Himself in unusual ways to each of you and meet you at your every need.  Be safe.  Adhere to all suggested safe practices during this pandemic  And may you be blessed by Him who is able to “ superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think according to His power that is at work within us ....” Ephesians 3:20 AMP


With love, gratitude, and sincere understanding,


The Headquarters Mortgage Liquidation Campaign Committee,


Shirley Alexander Hart, Ed.D., Campaign Chair

Eva Brown, Campaign Manager

Erica O’Neil Scott, IT/Media Manager





On April 8, 1941, Elizabeth Coles Bouey summoned ministers’ wives to an official conference which came to be known as the first convention of the National Association of Ministers’ Wives.  Obviously, Mrs. Bouey had been having meetings and discussions about the need for such an organization prior to this first conference.  However, the meeting held at the Second Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia on April 8, 1941, is recognized as the day on which this organization was officially founded, although we gather at a different time to celebrate Founder’s Day.


Initially, upon purchasing the property at 609 South Davis Avenue, Richmond, Virginia and officially establishing a Headquarters for our organization, members gathered in Richmond the Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate Founder’s Day.  It gave members an opportunity to visit the Headquarters and take pride as an organization for having such an elegant and well-appointed facility.  It also avoided conflicting with regional conference dates and avoided members having to travel to Richmond in April and then to the annual convention of the International Association of Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows in June.   There was a financial consideration to celebrating Founder’s Day in November, as well.  More recently, in consideration of lessening the disruption of families gathering for Thanksgiving, Founder’s Day was changed to the first weekend of December.


And, so, the Headquarters Mortgage Liquidation Prong I Team asks that you participate in a 24 hours FOUNDER’S DAY GIVELITHON, APRIL 8, 2020 by contributing any amount toward liquidating the mortgage.  Stay tuned for further details.


Shirley Alexander Hart, Ed. D.

President Emeritus and Campaign Chairperson


Eva Brown, Campaign Manager

Erica O’Neil Scott, Prong I Team Leader and IT/Media Manager

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