Webcast encourages women to come together
By BY JENNIFER PREYSS - JPREYSS@VICAD.COM
Sept. 10, 2011 at 4:10 a.m.
Jennifer Martinez wiped tears from her eyes when the first half of Beth Moore's internationally viewed webcast broke for lunch Saturday.
Moore, a Houston-based Christian evangelist and author, broadcasted her annual "Living Proof" real-time webcast to more than 180,000 worldwide viewers Saturday.
Martinez joined about 200 women at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Victoria to enjoy a day of Christian fellowship while meditating on Moore's message of residing in good company and fulfilling God's calling for his children in a "we" context.
"I was tearing up because I always asked myself what my calling was, and I was waiting for this big moment, this big A-ha moment. But Beth was talking about how we need to work together in our calling, and I realized it's OK to pick up where someone else left off," said Martinez, 26, said.
Martinez sat next to friend Theresa Klacman, founder of Christian-based Restoration House for women, during the simulcast and reflected on the teachings at intermission.
"Women need to come together; we can do more together," Klacman said. "We have such a heart for people in our community. It really is women who have a heart for those things and when we come together, it's powerful."
Event organizer Tammy Hartman has coordinated the Beth Moore webcast for four years at Our Saviour's Lutheran, citing this year's attendance as the highest yet.
"We had a goal of 200 and we think we surpassed that goal," she said. "This is definitely our biggest turnout."
Hartman continues to host the webcast each year because she feels women can identify with the evangelist's Texas style and sense of humor and benefit from her compelling Biblical teachings.
"It's not about being dignified, which so often I'm not. It's about being pure-hearted, and that's what Beth Moore represents," Hartman said, reflecting on Moore's message.
And for Hartman, she enjoys knowing she's sharing a profound fellowship experience in real-time with women in 48 states and 14 countries.
"Who knows how God works and how this will spill into the lives of 180,000 viewers worldwide. It's abundant fruit, and a rewarding feeling, absolutely," Hartman said.