Donning a khaki pantsuit with lilac button down shirt and red glasses Elder Elaine Bright sits in front of the counter of Coffee & Clicks. She pats her hair and smiles into the camera.
“Bonding with the wives was really fun and I especially think we learned a lot about each other at Kendalynn’s house. I’m still not sure what the objective was when we ate together at Carmandi’s guest home, although it was very nice and her estate is lovely. We’ve also gotten to know her guard very well. He used the gift card we gave him and joined us for a worship service. Despite a belly full of butterflies I didn’t flub the poem I selected at Patronda’s and I think she and Kendalynn did the best with picking pieces reflective of themselves. I’m excited about going to see her receive her Peach of an Advocate award.”
Patronda checks her hair and makeup in the mirror above the classic decorative table in the hallway before sitting down in a plush white armchair. She perches on the end of the chair and pulls her shoulders back.
“I believe that there is nothing more amazing than God bringing people together with different experiences and abilities for a common goal. Getting together with the other ladies was such a treat and I especially enjoyed the wonderful evening we shared at First Lady Carmandi’s home. She is so elegant and refined. It was an immense blessing to be exposed to such an extreme level of God’s favor. I also believe it helped Elaine and Kendalynn to see what true ministry can achieve. There are so many other women God could have selected for Carmandi and I to groom and minister to but they were given this awesome opportunity and I hope they will take advantage of it. I Of course we don’t take mentoring these ladies lightly they are clearly amazing women with awesome ministry gifts inside of them. I’m excited to see what God does through this experience.”
Kendalynn walks into the room all smiles as she approached the table with Carmandi, Elaine and Patronda already seated. Carmandi is stunning in a navy and cream pantsuit with matching two inch pumps with her hair swept up into a soft French roll, she sits up straighter and smiles into the camera of a photographer at the table. Patronda pats her curly afro pulled away from her face. Her chocolate and beige pencil skirt complement the chocolate brown cashmere sweater set. Elaine holds her hands in her lap. Her turquoise and jade tapered blazer pops against the black slacks pulled together with cerulean, jade and turquoise ankle boots.
Kendalynn smiles at the women and waves at Elaine as she walks up the three steps to the stage holding her husband’s hand. The emcee hands her a beautiful crystal plaque for her work as with the Department of Human Services as an advocate and chairperson on their advisory board. Pastor Thompson passes her his handkerchief as several tears slide down her cheeks.
“This is overwhelming. I give God the glory for all of the things He enables me to do to assist those who aren’t able to help themselves. There is nothing more I can do but say thank You to Him and my awesome husband who appreciates the passion I have for my work even when it calls me away from his side. I love you darling.” Kendalynn blows a kiss to her husband. “I won’t try to name all of the people in the state department who I work with and appreciate because I don’t want to forget anyone and hurt anyone’s feelings. Thank you everyone again.”
Pastor Thompson offers his hand to Kendalynn at the stairs again. They hold hands all the way back to the table with the other ladies. He sits down and then rises and returns to the podium. Kendalynn looks at the other ladies then back to the stage.
“My wife does not know how much her passion for what she does blesses me and I’m so thankful for her each day. We have put a presentation together for her from Word of Love Ministries. In addition to her work with other charities and ministries she mentors and loves on many teens and women she meets through the state and day to day life.”
Everyone claps. Kendalynn dabs at the corners of her eyes with the handkerchief her husband gave her. Elaine smiles and pats the hand Kendalynn has resting on the table.
“Well isn’t that cute. Kendalynn how did they get together to rehearse if you all don’t have a building? That must be awful frustrating for you honey.” Carmandi said.
“This is a surprise Carmandi, I had no idea they were doing any of this. We do however have more than enough resources to practice and rehearse when needed for community events and other things we do. Our not having a building is a blessing, we’re able to use our resources to impact our members’ lives and the community more without the overhead.”
“Oh.” Carmandi sits up in her seat.
“This is a lovely facility. I don’t believe I’ve ever been here before.” It would be lovely for the pageant tryouts on this side of town.
Kendalynn rolls her eyes and returns her attention to the stage where one of her mentees is doing a dance presentation.
“This is so beautiful. I’m going to see how I can get our congregation more involved in this area of need in the community. I didn’t know there was such a great need. It might bless them as much as it blesses the children and families.”
“That would be awesome, Elaine, let me know if you need any help.” Kendalynn says with a smile.
“I love these table treatments.” Carmandi leans over and tells Patronda.
“They are gorgeous how can the state afford it?” Patronda gushes.
“There is an event planner that sponsors these events for the state each year.” Kendalynn whispers. She rolls her eyes again and returns her focus to the stage. The dance is over and a new young lady is reciting a poem about how having Kendalynn has impacted her life.
Carmandi and Patronda look at each other and pull out their smartphones.