The Beautiful Stones Ministries Fundraiser For 501c3 Paperwork Submission

A project by Maureen Bobo

widows, children, supportgroups, resourcemanual, referralservices, FoundationforScholarships, griefsupport, griefadvocacy


The Beautiful Stones Ministries Fundraiser For 501c3 Paperwork Submission

This project has been created to raise $400 for The Beautiful Stones Ministries to submit their paperwork for their 501(c)(3) status. God planted the seed of Love for The Beautiful Stones Ministries into the heart of Maureen Bobo soon after her husband Martin passed away tragically of chronic heart disease on April 7, 2010, he was 45. At the time their two daughters were 8 years and 2 months old. From this experience Maureen recognized a need for supportive services for widows with children. The extreme grief and isolation coupled with suddenly becoming a single parent and trying to help her children cope with the loss of a parent, led to the development of this ministry. Through Support Groups, a Resource Manual, and Referral Services, widows with children will connect with others who can relate to them and offer`coping mechanisms for processing and healing their grief. Terms for The Beautiful Stones Ministries are Sharing Love: By Sharing Love, widows who may be further down the grief continuum are able to give hope to the newly bereaved.  This can take a variety of forms through fellowship and friendship. Widows are able to take their experiences and connect to those who may be having issues with functioning.  The key is to develop relationship with each other so that the needs are known and addressed. Spiritual Center/Comfort: This concept is based on 2 Corinthians 1:4 which states which states that who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God (NIV). This means that as widows who have been comforted by God, we have an obligation to comfort others who have the same afflictions as we have had.  Some may call the Paying It Forward, it is biblical in that we are to be there for others who have hurts and need help in healing. Providing Understanding: Oftentimes a widow with children finds herself isolated among friends and family due to the fact that she may not know of others in her circumstance.  Due to the depths of the level of her misery, she may only feel comfort from others who have experienced the same situation.  This was and is still the case with me 4 1/2 years later.  Its seems as if understanding can only come from those who know the feelings and issues that you have. Widows may at times feel that no one can possibly understand them because they haven't experienced the same things.  This understanding can come from the supportive setting of The Beautiful Stones. Alleviating Loneliness: Being in a loving, supportive environment can alleviate some feelings of loneliness.  This can be the case especially if those in that environment have the same experiences that you have had.  This can never replace the lost loved one but it may help lower the feelings of hopelessness and isolation that many widows feel.

WHY THIS MINISTRY IMPORTANT: Without an outlet for her stress and grief, healing does not take place appropriately for the widow.  Research shows that the bereavement process has common elements that include negative health outcomes, loneliness, and withdrawal of social networks (Lund, Caserta, & Utz 2010). Social support buffers the effects of bereavement.  Widows have lower levels of social support than married individuals.  Support groups can supplement support from depleted natural networks (Stewart, et al, 2001). Support groups offer freedom to express feelings, sometimes strange ones that come as a surprise. People who attend support groups find them helpful in several ways.  According to a 1985 report by the Institute of Science (NAS), one researcher wrote, "The lack of social prescriptions concerning mourning and bereavement may result in serious adjustment and recovery problems for the bereaved." In one study by Harvard researcher in 1987, 15% of grieving persons said they "felt just like" the dead person, 9% had pain or other symptoms resembling those of the final illness, and 12% at some point began to think they had the same illness.  Another study cited 40% at some point in time thought they might be losing their minds (Donkin, 1989). Support groups allow widows to be able to connect with people who have had similar experiences and who, therefore, are better able to understand the difficulties that they face in their new life without their spouse. Second, they can talk about their experience long after others have stopped listening.  Third, they have an opportunity to better understand the grief experience and learn about tools to cope with their loss. 




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  • Bob2 Charles     more than 2 years ago
    God Bless You, Ms. Johnson.
  • Maureen Bobo     more than 2 years ago
    God bless you and this wonderful effort!
  • Maureen Bobo     almost 3 years ago
    Lord Jesus, I thank you for using me as a vessel for your Ministry for Widows with children.  I know that at first, in 2010, when you first planted this in my heart, I doubted myself, my ability to orchestrate such a huge endeavor.  Please forgive me for that.  I now know that you don't call the equipped, you equip the called.  You have Ordained me to Minister to the Bereaved.  You have providentially brought people into my path that can help me get your Ministry started.  You have shown me your awesome power in how you have comforted and ministered to me and my children in our distress in the loss of our husband/father.  You continue to comfort me in your Word that often speaks specifically to me and my circumstance as a widow.  You let me know that I have a Great Purpose and have even stated that I am a multifaceted tool in the hands of YOU the Master. You have taken me out of my Mourning Closet so that I can help comfort others with the same affliction. You hold my children in the palm of you hands and whisper "No Worries Maureen, Your Babies Are Safe In My Hand" I Praise Your Holy Name!!! I see where You are taking this Ministry and am honored to be apart of it. I am humbled and honored by your choosing me, A Broken Vessel, to serve Your People, Amen...

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  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    This is a noble and much needed project. God Bless your efforts! Much Love to YOU!

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

     So glad to read that this project has been completed with excellence.

  • Maureen Bobo    more than 2 years ago

    THANK YOU MS. WILLIAMS FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!!! GOD BLESS...:)

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    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Good luck! Prayers for much success on this journey.

  • Maureen Bobo    more than 2 years ago

    Praise God!!! and God Bless you Ms. Yoder and Mr. Leftridge...:)

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Broken rocks when washed and polished with love can turn into Beautiful Stones. I hope this helps that endeavor!

  • Regina Yoder    more than 2 years ago

    I pray God blesses your endeavor as you reach out to grieving hearts. May you feel His loving arms embracing you.

  • Regina Yoder    more than 2 years ago

    I pray God blesses your endeavor as you reach out to grieving hearts. May you feel His loving arms embracing you.

  • Maureen Bobo    more than 2 years ago

    GOD BLESS YOU KHADIJA!!!

  • User
    Anonymous     more than 2 years ago

    Bless this ministry!!!

  • User
    Anonymous     almost 3 years ago

    Thank you so much Ms.  Ramirez for your donation, God Bless...:)

  • User
    Anonymous     almost 3 years ago

    I believe this is a great project.

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