On Saturday, over 170 women from all around the region joined together in fellowship at the Lyon Convention Center in Eddyville for the first ever There is More Women's Conference.
The conference began with a barbecue lunch and an opening prayer, then attendees heard from Judy Driggers, the founder and chairman of Nonnie's Place, a women and children's shelter in Eddyville.
While the event was free to attend, a love offering for Nonnie's Place was taken, and the women generously pooled together $1,568 to benefit the shelter.
Special music was performed by Nicole McVickers and Suzanne Boaz, and the women heard personal testimonies from Caitlin Riggs, Delora Money, and special guest speaker, county music singer/songwriter Cyndi Thomson.
"It was such an honor to be a part of the There is More Women's Conference this weekend," Thomson shared. "It was such an encouragement and blessing to me. God is faithful, and such a good Father. He moved in a mighty way and I look forward to coming back to Eddyville very soon!"
This event was the brainchild of Becky Murphy, and she said she was thankful to have been a part of such a gathering.
"Cyndi has such an inspiring story and hearing others tell how they got through tough times in their lives gives others hope!" Murphy expressed. "Also, none of this would have been possible if my pastor, Bro. Dean Ray, and the members of Lamasco Baptist Church would not have been supportive of this vision I had, so it literally takes a village. The ladies at church took on such a big part in helping prepare the building, decorating, cooking 40 lbs. of barbecue and preparing desserts, as well. So much time & effort was put into this event and God blessed it!"
"David McGowan with Time Line moments & Bro Mark Gill of Grand Rivers also played a huge role in helping make it such a success," she continued. "I also want to thank Lyon county Judge Executive Wade White for allowing us to use the building at no charge."
Murphy also wished to thank all of the event's sponsors, who included: Tom & Barbs, Usher Transport, Akridge Farm Supply, Hu-B's, Lyon County Sheriff Brent White, Bro. Mark Gill, Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White, Avenue 550, Life Training Ministries, WPSD Local 6, the Herald Ledger, the Times Leader, Brighter Learning Center, Farless Realty, Williams Veterinary Clinic, The Joint BBQ, Hopewell Baptist Church, Saratoga United Methodist Church, Flower Basket, Bows & Cleats, Venture River Water Park, David McGowan/ Time Line Moments, Eddyville Food Giant, Athletic Center in Princeton, Stinnett Truck Repair and Towing, LLC, West Market, the Paducah Sun, Fritts Construction & Electric, The Gold and Diamond Etc., and Eddyville United Methodist Church.