Friday, July 20, 2012

S.H.A.P.E. Your World with Hope

Ann Elyse Foltz, who has shared her faith in West Africa, with children in Good News Clubs and with adults recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, will offer the insights she has gained from her diverse experiences at the Live More Ministries program at the Rodman Community Church in Rodman, NY, on Saturday, August 18. She will lead an exercise in personal reflection to help the women attending the program discover how their S.H.A.P.E. – spirit, heart, abilities, personality, and experiences – has uniquely equipped them for service.
The free program begins at 10am following a breakfast offered by the churchwomen from 9:00 am to 9:45 am.

In 2000, Ann Elyse traveled to France to study the French language. From 2001-2004, she served with Wycliff Bible Translators’ literacy program in West Africa. She helped train adult literacy teachers to teach the written form of their language in preparation for a Bible translation in their own language.

While working with the Ministry of Jesus in the nations of Togo and Benin, Ann Elyse helped with a community development farm that grew rice, corn and millet and taught beekeeping as a source of income. She also participated in an annual ethnomusicology conference that brought six different language groups together to learn how to praise God with their unique form of musical worship.

After returning to the U.S. in 2004, Ann Elyse co-directed a drug and alcohol counseling center in Pennsylvania with her parents, Pastor Ray and Ginny Merritt. Ginny was the speaker at Live More Ministries’ second program. Ann Elyse’s presentation is the 12th Live More event.

Ann Elyse moved to Northern New York after marrying Craig Foltz in 2005. She is currently a French teacher in the Watertown City School District, and also teaches Good News Club for 1st-5th-graders at the South Jefferson Central School District Wilson Building.

Ann Elyse says she was inspired by previous Live More Ministries’ speaker Fawn Sunderland who spoke about blending light and dark fabrics into a beautiful quilt and how the light and dark moments in one’s life create unique experiences that equip someone to help others. She hopes that each woman will come away from the Live More program in August with not only a clear picture of the skills, abilities and personality that she uniquely has, but with a firmly set goal of how she can use her S.H.A.P.E. to serve her Savior.

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