Highlights from the Sisters In Ministry Breakfast & Torch Awards

Torch Award honorees Essie Mulligan and Rev. Natalie K. Owens, Rev. Dr. Sonja R. Dawson, SIM founder; and honoree Cora Jackson-Fossett. (photo by LaShunda Smith)
Torch Award honorees Essie Mulligan and Rev. Natalie K. Owens, Rev. Dr. Sonja R. Dawson, SIM founder; and honoree Cora Jackson-Fossett. (photo by LaShunda Smith)

Last weekend marked the 9th Annual Sisters In Ministry (SIM) Prayer Breakfast and Torch Awards, and what a celebration it was!

The Rev. Dr. Sonja R. Dawson, SIM founder and executive director, welcomed nearly 300 women to the morning celebration at the Grand Event Center in Long Beach where the audience enjoyed prayer, praise and a wonderful meal.

Three local women were honored.  They were Assistant Pastor Natalie K. Owens of Faith Inspirational Baptist Church in Compton, the Rev. Stephanie Butler Adams of Spirit of Praise Sacred Arts Institute International in Long Beach, and Sentinel Religion Editor Cora Jackson-Fossett.  Each spoke a word of encouragement into the lives of all in attendance.

Essie B. Milligan, a surprise Torch Award recipient and a faithful member of SIM, received heartfelt and exuberant congratulations from her family and friends.

If that were not enough to fill everyone’s hearts and minds, there was a second surprise announcement of two new board members who will now help carry the torch of women faithfully serving and reflecting the program’s theme, ‘Women Praying Through Tedious Times.’

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Source: LA Sentinel