St Bart's was the venue on Saturday morning for over 125 women (and one grandfather) to enjoy breakfast and hear Letitia Shelton (CEO City Women) and other ministry team members. Toowoomba City Women exists to mobilise the women of God in Toowoomba to work together to support and encourage hurting women in our community through already established programs. Letitia related various case histories but it was chilling to hear that in our beautiful city which hosts Carnival of Flowers and Easterfest, we have the highest chlamydia rate per head of population in Australia. Domestic violence, drugs, homelessness, and depression are significant issues in our city, and there are an estimated 500 babies aborted per annum in Toowoomba. This environment seems hidden from most of us and when confronted with the facts it’s easy to think “somebody should do something about it”. As Letitia says in the introduction to the “City Women” booklet, “through City Women we desire to see a great army of women coming together to build a better community”.
There are over 24 different ministries associated with City Women, including Emily’s Voice, Bella Magazine and its associated programs, Food for Friends, Fresh Hope, Girls Getaway, Shine, The Gap, and many others. While Letitia is CEO some of the other leaders such as Liz Hamilton, Nadine Wright, Juliette Ballinger, and Dannah Shelling are very active and were also introduced at the breakfast.
St Bart's have agreed to make provision in the 2015 mission budget to assist City Women though details have yet to be discussed. Please contact Elizabeth Dutton for more information. Elizabeth thanks all who were involved on Saturday. It was much appreciated by all especially our many visitors and friends.