Open Hearts High Tea Afterglow

Lovely Ladies at Pretty Tables for a Delicious High Tea
Lovely Ladies at Pretty Tables for a Delicious and Inspiring High Tea


Setting the Scene for Fun

After church on Sunday, August 28th, seventeen hostesses arrived at The Hope Center with boxes of plates, cups, flatware and decorations.  Each one was there to set a table to host seven friends who were coming to learn

Board Member Doris Sparks, between Tach and Narmin, TV show hosts
Board Member Doris Sparks, between Tach and Narmin, TV show hosts

more about Global Heart Ministries.  As the hostesses decorated their tables, the room erupted into a lot of laughter and a little competition, because the guests would be voting for their favorite table setting.

Though the doors of the event were not scheduled to open until 3:30, by 2:45 the lobby of The Hope Center began to fill up with party-frocked ladies, many of them in hats.  Excitement was at fever pitch by the time the women were allowed into the event.

And the Award Goes To

Once the doors opened, guests roamed the room checking out each table to choose their favorites.  The winners were:

Overall Favorite: Joyce Ann Jackson
Overall Favorite: Joyce Ann Jackson
Most Elegant – Lori James
Most Creative Mary Brunson and Debbie Chang
Most Creative: Mary Brunson & Debbie Chang

Getting Down to Business

DSC_0498Votes cast, guests settled at the festive tables, welcomed by Doris Sparks, Board Member of GHM.  Then teacups were filled, sandwiches passed and desserts offered.  As ladies sipped, tasted and chatted, no one paid any attention to the burka-clad woman entering the room.  She was completely invisible as she wandered among the tables.

Then suddenly, everyone’s attention was riveted to the front of the room, because the intruder had climbed to the stage, picked up a microphone and begun to speak.  The intruder was actually Safeeya Schnaufer of e3 Partners, a sister ministry of GHM at The Hope Center.  Safeeya, grew up in a very restrictive Muslim community in Kuwait and the story of her early life would be all too familiar to the women we minister to in Central Asia and the Middle East.

DSC_0551As she told her story, Safeeya stripped away the many layers of her burka and revealed the beautiful woman she is today, freed by the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Then Safeeya was joined on the stage by three other ladies who grew up under the same circumstances in other Muslim countries and were also freed from the bondage of Islam by the Christ; the GHM TV hosts, Narmin, Tach and Umida.  President, CEO and Founder of GHM, Steve Sharp led the women in a conversation which educated the guests about the true lives of women in Muslim countries.  There was barely a dry eye in the room.


After the panel discussion and some comments from Steve about the ministry, Jane Sadek, Volunteer Coordinator, came to the podium and made an impassioned plea for the women in the room to join Esther’s Friends, a new organization for GHM volunteers.  About a third of the women in the room signed up for Esther’s Friends that day and many also made generous donations.

Jane Sadek invites women to fight the heartbreak of Islam by joining Esthers Friends.
Jane Sadek invites women to fight the heartbreak of Islam by joining Esther’s Friends.

Share the Overflowing Joy

Like the new members of Esther’s Friends, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.

We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior or a financial donor.  Contact us today by phone or email.  Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the most unreached regions of the world.



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