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Monday, May 13, 2019 1:00 am

Five questions with Tamyra L. Kelly

Women's conference organizer

Women's Conference

6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday (May 17 and 18)

Greater Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 2111 Edsall Ave., Fort Wayne

Register at getyourtowelback.com

 

1 You're hosting a women's conference this weekend – where did the idea come from?

The idea stemmed from my battle with breast cancer over three years ago. I realized when I was ill that I wore many hats and couldn't fulfill some of those responsibilities. Some days I felt like throwing in the towel and giving up, but I pressed on. God spoke to me after my sixth chemotherapy and I heard him say that if I surrendered some of the unforgiveness (from past years) that I was holding in my heart, he would heal me, raise me up to help other women find themselves and live free of whatever holds them back. I did just that; now it's time to tell my story!

 

2 What was the response to your first conference last year?

The response was absolutely overwhelming! Over the two days, we had nearly 600 women come through, participants, vendors, speakers ... It was powerful and we left with our “towels” and ready to conquer life!

 

3 What can women expect to hear this year?

Women can expect a great worship service, stories from women sharing their breast cancer stories, others talking about domestic violence, rape, unforgiveness; a time of transparency.

That's what we need in the church – transparency. People need to know we all go through tough times and to be able to hear others' stories helps us to grow and live on purpose and in destiny.

 

4 Why do you think women try to juggle so many responsibilities?

Women are doers; we get things done. No matter what life throws at us, we pick ourselves up and keep moving. But what we're not good at is addressing some of our internal hurts and pains, and they eventually pile up and then we sometimes become bitter and angry. This weekend will help us become better women together!

 

5 What's the story behind the name of the event, “Go Get Your Towel Back – You Don't Know My Story”?

It was a point in my life (not just because of breast cancer) living through situations that hurt me to the core, being deceived, stolen from, lied to, and it caused a lot of resentment and bitterness. Because I surrendered to God and turned all of it over to him, I'm now able to share my story to help another sister up!

I'm excited about all the emotional, mental, spiritual healing that will take place. I'm calling all women to come ... You don't know my story, but I promise we have one that will help you!