The Rev. Sandy Kennedy from Great Bend, along with Anita De Tello of Pawnee Rock and Roxana Cardonne from McPherson are the featured speakers at this year’s Hearts Aflame Women’s Conference.
The seventh annual Hearts Aflame will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with a break for lunch) this Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Heritage Room of the Highland Hotel, 3017 West 10th St., Great Bend. Admission is free; a freewill offering will be taken. Doors reopen at 6 p.m. for Hearts Aflame in Spanish, which starts at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Surrendered Family Ministries, the conference is open to all women and young ladies, said Michelle Gwin, event coordinator. The day will be filled with praise and worship music, special music and teaching through the word of God.
For more information call 620-617-1132 or go to www.surrenderedfamilyministries.org.
The follow information was supplied by the speakers:
Pastor Sandy Kennedy is the senior pastor of Faith Community Church of Great Bend. She has a vision to see Christians healed, set free, full of the power of God and actively serving in the Kingdom of God. She encourages Christians to find out who they are in Christ and walk in the power of His grace.
“It is vital that Christians embrace the power of gospel and live each day dependent upon the Holy Spirit,” she said.
Kennedy worked almost 30 years in the court system before entering full-time ministry. Because she entered the ministry later in life, Kennedy has a unique prospective of the ministry.
“God has good plans for His people and it is exciting to see God demonstrate His love and power in their lives,” she said.
Sandy Kennedy and her husband Joe have been married for 34 years and are longtime residents of Barton County.
Anita De Tello
Anita De Tello and her husband Ted are blessed to be parents of five beautiful daughters, I’talia, age 11; Isabella, 10; Gianna, 9; Annalisa, 8; and Gabriella, 2.
God has given them the ministry of Praise Ranch, a 52,000-sq.-ft. school building on 20 acres to be a home for orphans and widows in Pawnee Rock. Her vision is to daily pour God’s truth and love into the many children and widows that will come to know Praise Ranch as their forever home.
De Tello grew up knowing nothing about Jesus or the Bible. At the age of 19 she heard the salvation message for the very first time. She responded to an alter call in 1997. After confessing her sins and laying down her life to Jesus, God spoke to her in a very purposeful and powerful way.
She will be sharing her personal testimony.
“By the renewing of one’s mind through the reading of His Word, God is able to completely transform a person’s life regardless of their past,” she said. “He picks up the brokenness and gives all who are willing a purpose to fulfill for His glory!”
Roxana Cardonne will be the third Hearts Aflame Speaker on Saturday and will also speak at the Spanish Hearts Aflame Conference at 7 p.m.
Roxana Patricia Cardonne and her husband William are pastors in McPherson. She was born in San Salvador, El Salvador, and raised in East Los Angeles, Calif. She is married to William Cardonne and they have three wonderful kids, Vanessa, Nathan and Jared. Cardonne has been serving God since the age of 22.
Seven years ago she and her husband moved to Lyons to seek God’s will for their lives.
“I have through the years understood that obedience is not doing what you think is right, (it) is doing the right thing at the right time even if to you (it) doesn’t make sense,” she said.
Cardonne said she is looking forward to the Hearts Aflame conference. “God has called us to be united as a body; however, among women there seems to be a battle to find unity. The message for this generation of women is to cast not only their cares, but also their thoughts, families, finances and most of all cast the FEAR to serve God.
“God is definitely preparing an army to protect and defeat the enemy destroying our families.”