ABOUT WOMEN OF PURPOSE, INT’L
Women of Purpose began as the vision of Dr. O. Virginia Phillips, in Portland, Oregon in December of 1993 to bring reconciliation, restoration and renewal to individuals, families and communities of every cultural group, religious denomination or social status to represent a united body of Christ.
Women of Purpose, International is designed for three primary purposes:
Reconciling and Restoring Relationships
- That women may know God’s purpose for their lives.
- That women can experience encouragement, healing and strength through the support of other women in an atmosphere of mutual trust and faith.
- That women would prayerfully touch their families, churches, communities and governments for the benefit of unity in the spirit of love.
Identifying and Imparting Spiritual Gifts
- To utilize the specific gifts that are unique to each individual and multiply that gift for the strengthening of others in need of benefit.
- By learning the scriptural principles of living and enabling others to live by these principles.
- By enhancing the potential for excellence in ourselves and others in building up, through prayer, encouragement, and support.
Promoting a Unified Vision
- Believing the Word, that in everything God works for good for those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose.
- That a network of support groups, prayer groups and supportive ministries may be planted in churches to support the vision of our pastors in cities throughout the United States and Internationally.
- That resources may be commonly shared for the benefit of connecting our individual and collective ministries.
The Women of Purpose, International organization was a vision given to Dr. O. Virginia Phillips upon her return to Oregon in 1993 after a year in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she served as Executive Director of Family and Children Services. Upon her return, she sought God for her next step.
Dr. Phillips went forward with the understanding that the ministry would be to women from all races, denominations and social status, churched and unchurched. The group began with seven women on December 10, 1993. It grew rapidly to 30 women from 11 different denominations. It moved from the inner city to the suburbs and in February 1994, the first relational luncheon was held in Tigard, Oregon at the Newport Bay restaurant. Sixty-four women attended and 22 women could not attend because there was not room. These relational lunches happened bi-monthly and as a result, support groups sprung up under-girded by prayer.
We recognize Christ in our brothers and sisters because of our heart connect to God, the one Father of us all. One of her favorite sayings when she visits groups of a different culture and denomination is, “I am the relative that you haven’t met. This is a family reunion.”