Grace Girls in the City . . . Living a Life that Shines
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world. He compares us to a city on a hill that cannot be hidden and a lamp that should not be placed under a basket, but on a lampstand. In both of these comparisons, we are reminded that we have a divine purpose that when lived out brings glory to God through our good works.
Living a life that brings God glory is not something that can be done and go unnoticed. When we live a life that SHINES we illuminate the beauty and wondrous love of Christ. The "light" within us beckons to those lost in the darkness, offering the brilliant and redemptive love of Jesus.
This year at He Loves Me my prayer is that God's word will find you wherever you are and inspire you to dig deeper while offering you tools to avow the eternal love of God and go public with your faith wherever you find yourself. We want the world to know that we are Grace Girls in the City . . .Living a Life that Shines!
First Lady Trina Jenkins
There's more than one way to Shine! At He Loves Me 2018, we'll hear from a panel of women who are using their passion and gifts to Shine in unique ways. Their stories will remind you that no two Grace Girls were created to Shine the same - and inspire you to light up the city using the talents God gave you!
Meet our Light Panel!
(clockwise from top left)
Janaye Ingram - Michelle Obama said Janaye “plays an important role in our progress toward the mountaintop" through her engagement on issues like economic empowerment, civil rights, healthcare and education. Her work planning the Women's March on Washington earned her a spot on ESSENCE Magazine's #Woke100 list.
Karmia Berry - She is the Founder and Executive Director of I AM C.U.L.T.U.R.E.D., Incorporated, which uses travel, mentorship and community service to empower inner city youth. Following Hurricane Maria, the organization provided funding to people in Puerto Rico and personally distributed items in St. Maarten/St. Martin.
Jasmine Jones - As Miss District of Columbia USA 2016, Jasmine founded The Global Literacy Initiative, which facilitates partnerships between organizations to ensure children have access to books. She is also the Co-founder of Cherry Blossom Intimates, a upcoming care-focused breast health facility and bra boutique for breast cancer survivors.
Stacie N. Forrest - She is a mother and writer who once lost her freedom due to poor choices. Stacie turned her life around and uses her experiences to keep other women from making the same mistake. She is proof of God's love and redemption - and that it's never too late to change course.
This year at He Loves Me, we want you to walk about equipped with the tools to be confident in your faith and your knowledge in sharing Christ. We are excited about our workshops and believe that after the end of He Loves Me your light will shine brighter and the name of Jesus will be glorified.
Gaye Arbuckle, is an anointed national gospel recording artist from Dallas, Texas, with an enriched style and talent that leaves you spiritually touched as she ministers in music and song. She is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, where she served as director/musician for the Baptist Student Union. While attending PVAMU, she won the coveted “Miss National BSU” title and was 3rd runner-up in the “Miss Prairie View Pageant." Gaye is currently the minister of music of Concord Church in Dallas, where she leads praise and worship on any given Sunday.
Gaye sung and appeared in opening performances for Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Vickie Winans, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Fred Hammond, Dorinda Clarke-Cole, Karen Clarke-Sheard, Kelly Price and Stephen Hurd just to name a few.
Koryn Hawthorne is on a mission to move people with her music and her debut EP from RCA Inspiration is sure to do just that. The self-titled project is full of contagiously uplifting songs that provide the jolt of energy and intensity the world has been waiting for.
The Louisiana-born beauty who burst onto the scene at 17, as a contender on Season 8 of NBC’s The Voice, has been anxiously awaiting her time to share her first solo project with the public. While she finished fourth in the competition, Koryn made quite an impact on judges and audiences with her powerful voice and emotive performances. Week after week, she captivated crowds and showcased poise and presence not usually seen in a teenager.