Each week on Thursday morning we celebrate an amazing woman in our community. We would love to hear from you about a special woman in your life. Please fill out our Woman of the Week nomination form and let us know who that is in your life. You can read the stories below of our growing list of amazing women.
Woman of the Week: Andrea Holder
Nominated by: Connie Lane
Andrea is the founder and director of Fruit of the Vine Ministry which is a live in program that gets men and women back on there feet both spiritual and physical and financial. She has 3 children husband 21/2 grand babies, a job does a christian radio teaching thru out several states and the Islands and runs 2 houses that she runs. She is also She is always there for 2 bible studies per week mentoring 3 people in ministry weekly and yet keeps going. She has shown us a true walk with Christ and how to grow in His love and grace and mostly how to rest in Him. I for one can say that with out her and the ministry and of course Christ I would not be here today. She is my spiritual leader, true friend and a true true blessing from God, and I thank Him every day for her, the board and the ministry. This is why I think she should be woman of the week.
Woman of the Week: Cyndy Goeller
Nominated by: Mary Sharp
Cyndy is like the mom I never had. I met her in my Sunday School class (which I rarely attended because I was “too tired”). This was an excuse I used frequently because I’ve been in stage 3 heart failure, due to a genetic disease, since I was 25 (I’m 32 now). Cyndy asked if taking me to church would help. She took away my excuse and got me involved in church this also started a great relationship.
Cyndy is always there for me I can’t count how many times she has picked me up from work when I am sick, taken me to the doctor when I cannot drive, and stay by my side for hours on end when I end up in the hospital. She is an amazing woman with four grandkids two of which are disabled with Muscular Dystrophy. If only God had more angels like her!
Woman of the Week: Sarah Guthrie
Nominated by: Madison Guthrie
My Mom is truly a blessing in my life. She is an inspiration and dose everything she can to help support my dreams, and the dreams of my brother. She always has a smile on her face and always knows how to cheer me up. I come to my mom with everything, and she is my best friend. She strives every day to be a Godly woman and set an example for me. Last year she lost her mom to caner, my grandma was a beautiful woman with a heart-warming smile. She was so strong and never complained. She had brain, lung, and jaw cancer on both sides. Now she is in heaven where she can smile on my momma and our family. My mom should be the woman of the week because not only dose she a have a beautiful heart, but she will always help others before herself, and she never complains. I really want my mom to be recognized for how much she dose and how much of a blessing she is toward our family and me. I love you mom. Thank you for believing in me, and for teaching me how to be a Godly woman.
Woman of the Week: Roberta Gould
Nominated by: Shandra Murphy
My husband of 20 years walked out in April 2012 and left me with no job and no support. I’ve since lost my home and Roberta has taken me into her home. I’ve been made to feel a part of her family and very welcome and being best friends for so many years has made this terrible time a lot easier to deal with. She is a modern day Good Samaritan in so many ways and always helps where she sees the need. If anyone needs recognition it is her although she would not agree. She’s letting me stay until I can find my feet again and a full time job which is proving difficult but I have the peace of knowing I won’t be on the streets because of her.
Woman of the Week: Gretel Banks
Nominated by: Lisa Banks
My Mom, Gretel Banks, will be 90 years old on February 13, 2013. She is a Mother of 6, Grandmother of 5 and Great Grandmother of 5. She came to the United States in 1964 from Jamaica to find a better life for her children. She lost her mother when she was only 7 years old and was sent to realtives to take care of their children at such a tender age (7).
Even though she did not have Mother to guide and teach her to JOY of being a Mother, she took Wonderful JOY at being a Mother, sacraficing everthing she had, working 2-3 jobs to provide a shelter, food and a loving home for all 6 of us
Four years ago, my Mom’s leg had to be amputated due to diabetes. It has been such a long and difficult road for her as she is a True Woman of Independance and Strength.
I could go on and on as she’s lived such a life filled with so much experiences, but none can compare to ABSOLUTE and True Love she has for her children.
If God wills, please choose my Mom, Gretel Banks, as your “On Air” Woman of the Week”. She Loves your station and listens to it all day long.
If she is not chosen for an on the air reading, that will be ok, because she is The Dearest Mother of Our Lifetime.
Woman of the Week: Lisa Andazola
Nominated by: Linda Rich
My sister has always been amazing, so giving and kind, but when my husband of 37 years was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, she went above and beyond for us. She brought my neice and 2 nephews, who my husband adored to the cancer hospital in Tulsa driving from New mexico where they live, 13 hours one way, to be with us, several times in our 4 month stay.She was so optimistic the Lord would heal John.There was always a card, a package in the mail with some natural concoction to fight the cancer, calling everyday, praying over the phone,Despite our wishes, the Lord called him home, March 5, 2012 . My sister, through this whole journey was there for us. The time following she would call or text me several times a day to see how I was doing. I feel one of the reasons I have done so well in handling my loss is that I have had such support, love and constant prayers lifted up for me from my sister. She is an incredible woman of God, she has loved the Lord since she was a teenager and has been faithful to Him her whole life. She is a testimony to all that no her, she is my woman of the week, month, year and my life. Thanks sister, love you.
Woman of the Week: Kimberly D’Avis
Nominated by: Matthew D’Avis
Kim has given me three beautiful children. She is a nurse in a very stressful area and yet she comes home and is patient and kind and loving. Through all my faults and misgivings she has remained a constant anchor and source if encouragement for me and our children. She truly is what a godly woman is and she shows that through her words and actions.
Woman of the Week: Diane Vanbuskirk
Nominated by: Cheryl Sharp
I met Diane about 10 years ago. She has been so generous to our family of her time and resources, especially since my husband lost his job 3 yrs ago. There were countless ways she provided for our family of 6. One story that illustrates her sacrificial spirit happened the first of this year. Our daughters were on a Missions Trip to Panama. Through circumstances, my daughter’s passport was missing when arriving at the airport. She was not allowed to leave and was told she would not get out of the country for at least a week. The rest of our family was in North Georgia. Eventually, she got home and Diane drove her and her sister 9 hours, arriving at 3 am to us. She said, “She needs a hug form her mommy.” Words can not express what that meant to us and I can never repay her for what she did for us. She is truly amazing and a woman after God’s own heart!
Woman of the Week: Molly Fabiano
Nominated by: Michelle Roberts
My Mum is an amazing woman. She has always taken care of her family so well. She did everything for my brother and I growing up. She made my childhood fun and memorable. She and my Dad have been married for 47 years. Now she has failing health. In addition to being in constant pain from neck problems and fibromyalgia she also has dementia. She doesn’t always remember what someone has said to her. But she still works hard to keep a nice house for my Dad. She will go out of her way to help me and my 7 year old daughter. My Mum is so good to Jadyn. She loves her grandchild very much. Even though I know she would rather lay down and do nothing she gets up and helps me every chance she gets. Her love of Christ is immesurable. She helped me come to the Lord at the age of 9. I will always be grateful for that. She is the best woman in the world that I know and I just wanted everyone to know that. I love you Mum.
Woman of the Week: Heidi Haesche
Nominated by: Melissa Martinez
I met Heidi when we were in college, but we were only acquaintances, really. When I moved to Orlando from TN, I prayed that God would help me find a friend. In 2005, I walk into UCF my first day of class, and there’s Heidi! We have become very close since then. In 2006, when I lost my son, Heidi was a huge support for me. When one of the best “conversations” we had was when she sat with me and just quietly held my hand in silence. Heidi is one of the strongest, most gracious people I know. I admire her courage, humor, and just who she is. I thank God every day that He crossed our paths again ten years later in Florida!