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Ladies of Virtue Walk in the Light for Mentor Program

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The Ladies of Virtue Mentor Program, sponsored by Temple Missionary Baptist Church Deaconess Ministry, recently held their annual event at San Bernardino’s Feldheym Library. The theme was "Walking in the Light" Matthew 5:16. About 120 people attended the event.

The keynote speaker this year was Qiana R Charles. Charles' was born and raised in San Bernardino. She holds a BA degree from CSUSB in Communication and a MA degree from Howard University in Organizational Communication.

Currently Charles is a Program Administrator for CSUSB, College of Extended Learning. Charles spoke about the need for Christians to walk in the light. In one part of her speech, she described the different types of light that man produces, "how over time they fade, but the light that God created will never dim, dull, or fade over time. You will never receive an electric bill from Southern California Edison, because the source of this light is not heat or gas, but love and mercy."

According to program administrators, one of the keys to being successful is having a good mentor. A mentor is someone whom you want to mirror in life and /or career. They can offer guidance, wisdom, and provide you with insights on how to achieve personal and spiritual growth. It is the objective of the mentors to be a living examples, to foster morals, values, and self-esteem and to shape tomorrow's Christian women.

One of the ladies of virtue was LaShonna Cooper. The daughter of Adrian and Quinetta, Cooper is 15 years old and is in the 10th grade at Kaiser High School. She attended Bloomington Christian School for the past decade and graduated from the 8th grade with straight A’s. Thus far, she has accumulated 160 credits as a Sophomore, and has a chance to graduate in the 11th grade and begin college.

Cooper has participated in basketball, Kats for Christ, Head-to-Toe Praise Dancer, TMBC Nurses Guild (as their youngest member), and Young Ladies Etiquette.
Cooper states of her mentor Tina Bridges: “meeting [her] was one of my most memorable moments. She is a beautiful person who is positively motivating.

I enjoyed our Magic Mountain trip, our dinners together, and our skating adventure. Another thing I like best about the mentor program was learning different virtues. Although I already know most of the virtues, I didn’t really understand the full definition of them.

Ever since I started the mentor program, I now understand all the virtues and know that they really effect the way I need to present myself and they have helped me to be a better person.”

The Deaconess Ministry of Temple Missionary Baptist Church established the mentor program as one of their objectives to focus on the spiritual growth of girls between the ages of twelve and seventeen who are members of TMBC.

This is a one-to-one mentor program: one adult per young lady. Through this program these young ladies have had an opportunity to meet and interact with women from various professions. The ten characteristics known as virtues are used as tools to enhance their inner spirit.

The second phase of the Mentoring Program focuses on building self esteem and career objectives. Additionally, the participants are given biblical training on how to conduct themselves using the tools that they learned from the first phase of the program.

Individual and group activities educated each participant on how to become Christ-Centered/Spirit-Filled Women of God. They have applied theses virtues, the principles of self-esteem, and can witness on the importance of maintaining spiritual balance in their daily lives.

For each one to teach one; through a personal relationship with your adopted little sister. The mentors will share experiences, knowledge, wisdom, and resources with a younger sister of TMBC.

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