Real Life Conversations, Encouragement and Connection

for Christian Women

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The Purpose by Lori Gasca

The purpose of gatherUP is for women to dive DEEP beyond the surface into REAL LIFE. I want you to know you are not alone and when our challenges are brought to the light, we can begin to heal. gatherUP will enable us to step out of the shadows and into the wide open spaces the Lord has prepared for us. When we FREE the heart of a woman, we FREE the family. Generations will be changed when women step into FREEDOM in Christ.

The name GatherUP was given to me as I was studying Deborah in Judges. She says to Barak “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men?" Yes, this refers to men but I believe we are called to gather up our women too. Later she commands "UP!” We are being called to gather our women to rise UP in freedom! I expect this movement to change lives for generations to come.

Meet our May Mentors on Parenting

Kristel Ward

Kristel Ward has been married to her husband, BJ, for nearly 20 years. They have served as leaders in Christian ministries for more than two decades, including working with marriage, youth, and children's departments. Together, they have three beautiful, smart, and sometimes messy children: Abbey (15), Emma (12), and Evan (8).

Previously, Kristel was an educator in some of the toughest schools in Texas. Today, she is an author and founder of Grace to Grow, a non-profit organization that helps busy individuals thrive in their relationship with God.

Above all, BJ and Kristel prioritize leading their children in cultivating a close relationship with Jesus by following a few practical principles she will be sharing with us.

Jenna Linington

Jenna Linington is a single-mother of two daughters, ages 8 and 12. Ava, is biological and finishing up her first year of middle school and Amelia Jo was born in Jenna’s heart and adopted from South Korea. Amelia Jo is in the second grade and recently diagnosed with Autism.

Jenna navigates raising her daughters amidst less-than-ideal co-parenting circumstances after a 2018 divorce. She glorifies Jesus for everything. She gets through parenting by leaning on Him for strength during the weariness, allowing Him to stand in the gaps, and by letting Him fight all their battles. With the Lord’s help, as a single mother, Jenna has seen mighty fruits from pouring spiritually into her daughters.

Brandy Brokaw

Brandy Brokaw is a wife, mom, entrepreneur, and empty nester. She is married to her grade school best friend, Jeff (aka Brokaw). Their journey started on bus #30 and truly are like your modern day Jenny and Forrest! Their blended, and growing, family includes 5 adult children ages 20-29, 5 Grand dogs, and this year their names upgraded to Lolli & Pop with their first grandbaby!

Brandy loves sharing her journey but even more loves sharing how she’s chosen to parent through all the stages. Today, her power pose is PRAYER!!! She has truly been through it all…Married. Divorced. Married again. Divorced again. Brandy knows the pain of parenting through it ALL!!!

The Format

6:00 -6:15

Check in, Shopping and Visiting

6:15-8:00 p.m.

Praise & Worship and Real Conversations

A light snack will be provided

It is advised to eat dinner before.

Upcoming Dates & Location

NEW LOCATION: Hebrews Coffee Shop

26403 Oak Ridge Dr., Spring, TX 77380

About the Creator & Host

Lori is a Southern girl rooted in deep love of family and Jesus, an adored wife, mom to 4 amazing young adult children, and a lifelong serial entrepreneur. She is a writer, speaker and intentional connector of women. She believes every woman deserves a vibrant life full of passion and purpose. Her heart's desire is to help them see their value and step into that calling. She uses her years of experience in business and life to help women break free of hurts and hang ups that may be holding them back. She has created a number of businesses over the years including The Grove Workspace for Women and The Growth Summit annual conference for women.