As an artist created a colorful portrait of the woman who anointed Jesus’ feet, three “witnesses” and a liturgical dancer reminded Baptist Women in Ministry of North Carolina that the gospel can be proclaimed in many ways.

BWIM NC met Mar. 21 at First Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Participants were invited to think about ways they can share the gospel through acts of service and write them on ribbons that were draped on a cross.

Speakers included Mary Margaret Brooks of Wilmington, Clare Johnson, a student at Wake Forest University Divinity School, and Kendell Cameron, pastor of First Baptist Church in Mount Holly. Laurie Morrison of Fayetteville testified through dance. Lisa Mathis of Sanford used markers and chalk to illustrate an image of selfless service.

Convener Lynn Odom, of Yates Baptist Church in Durham, recognized scholarship recipients and presented BWIM NC’s annual church award to Sardis Baptist Church of Charlotte. Past convener Alicia Porterfield presented the Anne Thomas Neil award to Brooks (left), who served for many years as the missions minister for the Wilmington Baptist Association, and has been a friend and mentor to other women in ministry.

Johnnie Jackson of Buies Creek will serve as convener for 2010, and Geneva Metzger of Greensboro was tapped as convener-elect.

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