FAITH

Women share secrets at ‘Treasure Tales’

Pam Griffin
From left, Jean Edwards, Amanda Boerma and Laurie Roper of First Baptist Church in Destin share with members gathered for the annual Treasure Tales Saturday, Jan. 26.

Each year in January, women of First Baptist Church in Destin gather in the Fellowship Hall for dinner, desert and insight from selected guests during Treasure Tales. Church ladies gathered and shared secrets and their personal testimony attesting to how God has been good in their life.

Guests on Jan. 26 included Jean Edwards, a long time member who told of having a brain tumor that was taken out by a doctor in California allowing her an active agenda, to include position on hospitality, personnel and counting committee as well as a nursery volunteer. 

Amanda Boerma surprised those gathered as she shared her past as a member of a Fox television team in Greenville, S.C. She now directs children’s church, assembles and directs children’s choir and works in women’s ministry at the church.

Laurie Roper, wife of First Baptist’s pastor since Mother’s Day 2012, Dr. Farren Roper, shared her life of raising children including a son who excelled at Arkansas in football and went on to be drafted and played for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. Since coming to Destin, she has fashioned a mid week children’s program, launched a tireless visitation initiative and for every event that requires dishes ends the evening over the Church kitchen sink.

The trio of church ladies each answered questions sharing their personal slice of life that shocked, amused and thrilled those who attended.