WIS newsletter

July 2023 SUMMER

Women InSpirit, Inc

We support and empower women globally

to become all God has called them to be.

"There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."- John Holmes

Message from Our President

Greetings! I hope you are keeping (your) cool during this very hot summer. In saying that, this summer is passing quickly as I realize our annual Raise ‘N Graze brunch is coming upon us. We have moved the event to September 30, 202 this year, as we typically hold it in early November. It will once again be held at Heaven on Earth Event Venue in Missouri City, Texas; however, our dear friend and owner, Tamara Vogt Smith, has sold the venue and we are lucky to be grandfathered in for one more year! Last year’s event was very successful, and we truly hope to surpass that this year. Please come and join us. Reservation tickets will be on sale very soon.

Regarding our Annual Fund, thank you to all who have donated thus far. Your generosity is much appreciated!

Lastly, Maribeth, Michelle, and I will be travelling to Ghana in a few weeks. We have not been able to travel there since 2019 due to the pandemic, so we are looking forward to meeting our new sewing school students and our new recipients at KNUST, along with visiting each of our partners in all regions: Accra, Cape Coast, Kumasi and Bolgatanga. 

None of this is possible without YOU! Thank you to our donors and thank you for continuing to support our mission, either monetarily and/or in prayer. God bless you.

Jennifer Appling, President 

-Jennifer Appling

If we give to one person, we are doing God's work.



Visit our Website and BUY TICKETS

We are looking for great items for our silent auction for the Raise 'n' Graze Annual Fundraiser in September.

Do you have anything you'd like to donate?


Could anyone donate an "EXPERIENCE?"

  • Do you have a vacation home you are willing to share? or
  • a cooking class you would be willing to teach for 8-10 people?
  • Can you offer a fabulous dessert item that would bring bidst?
  • How about donating a "night out in Houston"- gift certificate to nice dining restaurants?
  • Concert tickets? Alley Theater? Wortham Center? Dance Lessons?

We are open to anything you can think of that would bring great bids at our silent auction this year. Reach out to us at womeninspirit@oaco.net or to Donna Wheeler- dtwheeler@sbcglobal.net. We would be so grateful for your partnership with us in throwing a great Brunch for 2023l! This fundraiser is what brings us the funds to continue our mission of educating young girls!

FROM FELICIA: Completing her degree in Accounting

Women InSpirit, I want to update you on how far I have come, the journey ahead, plus what God is planning to do. 

My final Semester has begun as of June. I have the project work and * industrial Attachment* to do in crowning the semester and the whole program. This will be done off campus until August. My Bachelor of Technology in Accounting (Degree ) will be ready . Hurray! 😂 I can’t wait! This is thanks to the Women InSpirit Team. 

During my attachment, I have decided to enroll in a private school called TIMELINE TRUST (www.Timelinetrust.com) . I will sit for the English proficiency test (IELTS ) so as to acquire that certificate so I can apply for Jobs or school overseas. I will attend six weeks of intensive class with the British council. The exams will be conducted by the British council and it's highly acceptable in foreign lands in seeking for job visa or admission. 

So far this is what I want to do and my journey so far . My prayer is to go higher and be able to give back to Society . I remain grateful to you and the entire Team . God bless you all


Best Regards ,

Yin Felicia 

FROM AGNES- Graduate 2022 with Agricultural Engineering degree- Doing National Service Year

Agnes is doing her year of National Service in Akuse, Ghana in the eastern Volta region. She is working for Golden Exotics Limited in the water Balance Department. Agnes reports that she is dealing with the irrigation systems on a farm right now. "It is not a boring job...definitely messy but interesting!" We are proud of Agnes and can't wait to see what is in store for her after this year is up.

"I would like you and Women in Spirit to know that I am so sincerely grateful that I have you in my life, one of the most virtuous and caring people I have ever met. You are a shining example to all who cross your path. You’re simply the best, and I thank you for your support and kindness towards me. Please accept my appreciation for showing me such immeasurable kindness. I really appreciate and will remember it. The world needs more people like you in it. Thank you for everything."


All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of the profits go toward our mission of educating young women.

Three of us are heading to Ghana on August 13 to visit our girls and projects. We will be reporting via

Instagram and Facebook

on our journey from Accra to Cape Coast, Kumasi, Bolgatanga, and possibly the Volta region. We ask prayers for our safe journey and successful travel.- Maribeth Anderson, Jennifer Appling, Michelle Wohlwend


Please remember us when remembering a loved one. Memorial Cards are a way to give twice: to your beloved's family and to Women InSpirit's ministry. This service is not limited to just memorials, however. We have cards for any occasion! (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) Make your giving count ! NOTE: In the last year we have received almost $7K in donations by remembrances which is such a blessing to us.


Women InSpirit will promptly send out this heartfelt card to the family of the deceased.]


[We consider all donations generous! On our folded card, the recipients will learn that you have made a generous donation to Women InSpirit in memory of their loved one. Your address will accompany your name for recipient's convenience.


  • Mail your donation (checks made out to Women InSpirit, Inc) to: Women InSpirit, 2022 Plantation Dr., Richmond, TX 77406
  • Include 3 things: your name(s) and address, name of deceased, name and address of recipient(s) of card
  • OR: send a message to Maribeth Anderson at womeninspirit@oaco.net and let her know you want a card sent and to whom. You can pay through donation button on this newsletter or our website (womeninspiritinc.com)

JayNii Streetwise Fashion & Tailoring

New uniforms sewn by the girls!

And t-shirts for Fridays!

Way to go, girls!

Follow us on Facebook for future events at local markets.

Mark your calendars! September 30, 2023

Annual Raise 'n Graze brunch fundraiser

Heaven On Earth, Missouri City, Texas.

It's always a great time!

Board of Directors


President: Jennifer Appling

Vice President: Jerilyn Lewis

Secretary: Donna Wheeler

Treasurer: Kelly Boyd

1st Member-at-Large: Martha Wagner

2nd Member-at-Large: Michelle Wohlwend

Member: Katie Lewis Thomsen

Founder, Ex-Officio: Maribeth Anderson


Women InSpirit is run by

women, for women.


  • College- $2800-3000
  • All college fees include stipends for tuition, lodging, feeding, books, medical,
  • Tailoring School- $1300
  • All tailoring fees include stipends for transportation, fabrics and notions, hot daily lunch, and maintenance of sewing shops.