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Vineyard Women is committed to sharing the inspirational stories of women leaders.  Today we share the story of Rebecca Konster. I was born and raised in the Philippines and although I've been living here for a few years now, my desire to help the kids, youth, and women in my hometown never escaped me.  I love going to the library.  One day I felt sad about the kids in my hometown. There’s no library anywhere in that town, not even in the schools.  And the students don’t have sufficient school supplies. I remember borrowing crayons, writing pads, pens and pencils from our neighbors so that I could finish my school project. I am a reader and was lucky that my godfather was working at the education department and would give my dad boxes of books for me to read. I read every...

Vineyard Women in Leadership Force consists of a group of pastors from around the US. Rose is a Vineyard pastor who is the founding co-pastor (currently a Teaching Pastor), along with her husband, Rich of The Practicing Church in Shoreline, Washington. She is the founder of Turning Point, a missional group that partners with local agencies to serve low-income families in the greater Seattle area. She is the Regional Leader in the Northwest Region of Vineyard USA. Rose obtained her Doctor of Ministry from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington focused on Transformational Leadership for the Global City. She currently is an adjunct professor at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Rose and Rich have a blended family of 8 children, spouses and over 20 grandchildren....

Vineyard Women is committed to sharing the stories of women stepping out to extend the Kingdom of God in their lives.  Today, we share the story of Carli Snyder. After 18 years of moving around with my military family and being the ‘new’ person so often, I realized in college that empathy towards newcomers had grown over the years. Many of my friends were either new to Columbus or were immigrants recently moved to the country. A few years into my nursing career, I had the privilege of taking care of an Iraqi family. This was the first time I really understood the term refugee, and the first time I was excited to go back to work the next day! Paralleled with these experiences was a growing interest in the Muslim world. I was drawn to collegiate courses on Islam and...