Dr. A. Maria Crawford
Advocate For Marriage & Family
Many years ago in between folding diapers and washing bottles the holy spirit dropped into our spirit the words heart to heart. We clearly heard the holy spirit say, “that which comes from the heart, reaches the heart.” I knew that it was not an original saying, but it conveyed something that has been a pinnacle for me to reach for throughout my years as a christian. I wanted to be the kind of believer, the kind of person, the kind of friend that allows the love of god to flow from my heart to the “whosoever” would open their heart to receive.
Trying to answer the call, we began to have women’s breakfasts and lunches; we worked in our local church with women ministry; we joined other women’s ministries to receive training. In 1999, we knew it was time to “launch out into the deep” and trust the leading of the holy spirit to provide a forum where women of all ages could have the opportunity to utilize their gifts and callings in a safe environment. We began by hosting prayer breakfasts, seminars, retreats, trusting god to make the way. We began a monthly newsletter which we sent out by snail mail.
About the same time, Wesley and Neesha Stringfellow were led to provide ministry opportunities for couples struggling in their marriage, and in 2001 the marriage ministry officially began. Over the years’ hundreds of couples have taken part in this ministry and provided life-giving strategies that have strengthened their marriages and in many cases kept them from divorce.
In 2008, we began another leap of faith by sending daily inspirations to everyone we knew and in 2009 we launched the heartlife website and officially became a 5013c religious organization. Our call is to “go wherever he (the holy spirit) says to go; to say whatever he says to say, and to do whatever he says to do” to further the kingdom of god by:
To the heartbeat of god!
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