“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.” -Matthew 25:34-36 (KJV)
Baltimore is a city rich in people and ministries. All around the city, God’s people are heeding the charge of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are feeding the hungry. They are meeting the needs of strangers and touching the hearts of the less fortunate. One ministry that is making a tremendous impact in the lives of people in Baltimore is Women of Worth (WOW).
Started by Sheila Boller six years ago, Women of Worth (WOW) is a nonprofit ministry that helps “all people to become whole, prosperous and victorious people, living healthy, happy and rewarding lives.” WOW started out as a community of women who wanted to sow back into the lives of others. It has grown into a group of women and men who work tirelessly to help individuals and families know their worth and value to God. Whether it is feeding the less fortunate, providing rental assistance to families in need or helping an individual with utility expenses, WOW works in partnership with other local ministries and individuals to inspire people to greatness.
“My greatest joy is helping the less fortunate and fulfilling God’s mandate. We are a continuation of His ministry; we are His body and His feet. If we can make a difference in one person’s life it is not in vain,” said Sheila Boller, the Director of Women of Worth (WOW).
On the last Tuesday of every month, you can find Boller working joyfully with volunteers from WOW or Daybreak Christian Assembly to provide hot dinners to the less fortunate in St. Vincent Park (downtown Baltimore). When able, Boller solicits furniture, household appliance and technology donations to bless families who have approached the WOW ministry for help.
“One challenge in the ministry is realizing that there may not always be success stories or success as most people may imagine [or define it],” explained Boller. She expressed her frustration as she explained how sometimes the ministry might provide assistance to an individual only to see him or her back in the same situation months later. In those times, Boller stated that she has learned to "let go and let God" – meaning that she has had to trust that God’s plan will be done in that person’ life, regardless.
WOW is one of several Christian ministries in Baltimore whose mission, vision and goals are biblically-driven and God-inspired.