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True Beauty

True Beauty

06.20.19 | Stories, Articles

    In a world where beauty is only skin-deep, it takes something special for many women to feel truly beautiful, valued, and seen—from the inside and out.

    For the women of Vickery Meadow, this can be especially difficult. Feeling beautiful can seem like a luxury when you are focused on meeting basic needs. These are women whose lives have been deeply shaped by transition and adversity. Many emigrated from their home countries to flee violence and pursue a better life for their families. Some suffer from domestic violence. Most carry the burden of trauma.

    The women of PCBC saw their sisters and wanted them to feel— even for just a few hours—the gift of undivided attention and love. This is what the True Beauty event—the first of it’s kind to be held at PCBC—was designed to do.

    Thirty-five women from the Vickery community were invited to spend a morning at the church shopping, getting pampered, and worshipping alongside women who cared for and supported them.

    To prepare for the event, which took months of coordination, PCBC ladies came together to donate their own “lightly loved” clothing, jewelry and shoes, and designed a boutique style shop.

    PCBC member Angela Borden, who attends our En Español service, saw the event as an opportunity to serve. “God has used this event and serving others to help me realize that I have worth. It has helped me reframe my outlook, and turn my focus back towards Him.”

    Every guest was paired with a Park Cities woman and a translator in order to make their experience seamless from the moment they walked through our doors. They shopped, got their hair and make-up done, worshipped in Spanish, and heard a simple presentation of the Gospel.

    Afterwards, each woman brought her children (who were in PCBC-provided childcare) back to be photographed together by Park Cities member and professional photographer, Jess Barfield.

    “I wish you could hear how happy they are,” says Blanca Lerma, who helps lead ministry to Vickery Meadow women alongside PCBC deacon Terri Heard. “Thank you so much to PCBC for this special event. The women are still so excited and haven’t stopped talking about the experience. Many of them have said this was the first time that they felt spoiled in their lives.”

    Still Feeling Beautiful
    “I wish you could hear how happy they are,” says Blanca Lerma, who helps lead ministry to Vickery Meadow women alongside PCBC deacon Terri Heard. “Thank you so much to PCBC for this special event. The women are still so excited and haven’t stopped talking about the experience. Many of them have said this was the first time that they felt spoiled in their lives.”

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