Women’s conference March 23

Courtesy Photo Becky McDonald will speak at the 19th Annual You Are Loved Women’s Conference March 23 at New Life Christian Fellowship.

New Life Christian Fellowship’s 19th Annual “You Are Loved” Women’s Conference will a feature a day of inspiration with Becky McDonald Saturday, March 23.

The event, for women and high-school-age young women, is 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 317 S. Ripley Blvd., Alpena.

McDonald is a humorous, seasoned and highly sought-after speaker. She is the founder and president of Women at Risk, International, and has spent the last three decades in the fight to rescue at-risk women and children and lift them to lives of dignity and worth. She is passionate about being a voice for the voiceless and a safe place for the wounded. As the daughter of a missionary doctor, she spent her childhood in the jungles of Bangladesh and now is helping at-risk women in more than 40 countries.

A dynamic communicator, McDonald draws upon many poignant experiences from her diverse background. Her theme for the day is “Unveiling: Masks or Mirrors.” Through examining the lives of five women of faith, she will show how every woman can learn to exchange masks for mirrors, experience genuine relationships and reflect Christ to a watching world.

All area women are warmly welcomed to this day, planned especially for them. A Pop-Up Boutique of jewelry and gifts handcrafted by at-risk and rescued women will provide an opportunity for those who would like to “shop with a purpose.” All proceeds support and empower women in safehouses.

The conference registration fee of $20 includes a luncheon and dessert buffet. Pre-register online at www.newlifealpena.org or by texting “SPRING” to 989-282-3456. Checks can also be sent or dropped off at the church office.

Registration will also available at the door beginning at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, but pre-registration is preferred for planning purposes. For more information call the church office at 989-354-0095 or visit facebook.com/newlifealpena/ALPENAwoven.

McDonald will also speak on 7 p.m. Friday, March 22, at a free presentation on human trafficking, the second largest and fastest growing branch of organize crime. Learn how to fight for human dignity and make a difference. The trafficking event is open to everyone, but due to content, it is recommended for high-school-age and older.