78.5 F
Orlando
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:41 pm
HomeNewsNationalLove Everlasting Ministries Founder...

Love Everlasting Ministries Founder Dr. Deb Waterbury Talks to Nashville Christian Voice

Dr. Deborah Waterbury immediately made me feel comfortable with her warm hug and familiar southern drawl. While back in her hometown near Nashville, TN for her son’s wedding, I had the pleasure of meeting with her and after reading her ninth and newest book, The Lies That Bind and the Truth That Sets You Free, I felt like I was sharing a cup of coffee with an old friend. Friend, however, is just one of the many hats Dr. Deb graciously wears. She considers being a servant of Christ, a wife, and a mother among her deepest callings, but she is also a writer, counselor, teacher, radio show host, and founder of Love Everlasting Ministries. She has spent the last decade ministering to women around the world and now runs a trade school for women who have been left widowed by AIDS in Malawi.

Things were not always so beautiful for Dr. Waterbury. In her memoir, The Lies That Bind, she shares the most intimate details of her public fall from grace and about the double life she led throughout most of her adulthood.

“Jesus met me right in the middle of that sin and heartache, and His only words to me were words of love and forgiveness.”

“When my world came crashing down around my feet because of my own life of sin,” says Dr. Waterbury, “Jesus met me right in the middle of that sin and heartache, and His only words to me were words of love and forgiveness. When I began to write out my testimony in its entirety, starting with the rape when I was twelve, and saw the lies I began to believe about who I was as opposed to who I know I actually am, exposing those lies became the only thing I could think to do. This endeavor became a book about deliverance. It is about breaking the chains that bind us, discovering who we are, and living beautifully in that truth. But there is a lot of heartache in the pages. I had to stop writing many times because I was sobbing so hard.”

When I confessed to Deb that I had also believed every lie she mentions in her book she said, “I appreciate you sharing that Callie, because one of the things I say over and over is that even though I use my story as an example, everybody believes them. There are many lies, but these are the five that almost everybody believes at some level.”

Dr. Waterbury hosts a live call-in radio show called, “Doing Life with Dr. Deb” which airs Monday through Friday on two stations in Tucson and Sierra Vista, Arizona. Here, she also has the privilege of talking about her passion project, Reap What You Sew, a dedicated training program that teaches widows and under-privileged women the sewing trade so they can provide for their family and become successful business women.

After years of teaching and ministering to women in Malawi, Dr. Deb found herself leaving each visit feeling as though she was only doing half the job. “I would fly in, share the gospel message, and then go home. I felt like I was leaving them to go back to their poverty and even though I was giving them the best news of the world, I left them with no tangible way to help themselves.”

As students complete the six-month program, they receive their own sewing machine, a kit that includes everything they need to start their business, and they are followed for six additional months. Every graduate from Reap What You Sew’s first class is now running their own business and two-thirds have their own shop. Dr. Deb is returning for their second class graduation in July. During this trip, she’ll also be filming a documentary about the school.

“I would really like more people to know about the school,” Dr. Deb told me. “It does beautiful things for these women and for their families.”

I asked Deb how others can get involved with this wonderful program. “Each student can be sponsored for a low monthly fee. Becoming a monthly sponsor connects you one-on-one with an actual student. Sponsors receive a monthly email about their student that includes pictures and updates on her progress. You can also send letters and correspond with them.

Deborah is hosting a fundraiser for the Reap What You Sew Project on Facebook Live May 19th. There is currently a waiting list for women to get into the program and monthly sponsors are needed. To find out more information about Dr. Deborah and her memoir, visit her website at www.debwaterbury.com. To learn more about Love Everlasting Ministries, Reap What You Sew or to sponsor a student visit www.loveeverlastingministries.com.

Article first appeared on Nashville Christian Voice

- Promote Your Work -

spot_img

Most Popular

Subscribe to our newsletter

Be the first to know what's happening in the Christian community

More from Author

Tennessee Titan Brett Kern Talks to Nashville Christian Voice – Part 1

Tennessee Titans punter Brett Kern grew up in the suburban community of Grand Island, New York watching his father. Like most boys, young Brett longed to follow in his dad’s footsteps as a professional soccer player. His parent’s influence would end up going far deeper than his athletic aspirations.

Love Everlasting Ministries Founder Dr. Deb Waterbury Talks to Nashville Christian Voice

Dr. Deborah Waterbury immediately made me feel comfortable with her warm hug and familiar southern drawl. While back in her hometown near Nashville, TN for her son's wedding, I had the pleasure of meeting with her and after reading her ninth and newest book, The Lies That Bind and the Truth That Sets You Free,

‘Ice Dragon-Legend of the Blue Daises’ Producer Bruce Stacey Talks to NCV

Melody, a gifted young dreamer and her feisty friend Leif, must...

NCV Exclusive with “I Can Only Imagine” Co-Director & Co-Writer, Jon Erwin

It takes something extraordinary to move a group of strangers to...

- A word from our sponsors -

spot_img

Christianity in Decline in the US, Christians React

On the study about the future of Christianity in the US, Christian professionals advised fellow believers to be creative in protecting the majority status they enjoy now.

Franklin Graham Preaches to Over 17,000 in Mongolia

Evangelist Franklin Graham shared a message of hope to more than 17,000 people in Mongolia on September 10 and 11.

King Charles Vows to Protect All Faiths

King Charles III met with 30 faith leaders in Buckingham Palace on September 16 and vowed to protect the multiple faiths in Britain.

Only a Minority of Pastors Favor 10% Tithe—Barna

In its latest study, Barna Group found that tithing is not widely understood or practiced in today's church.

Queen Elizabeth II Dies at 96

Queen Elizabeth II has died peacefully at Balmoral Castle on September 8, 2022 at aged 96. The Queen was the longest-serving English monarch, having ascended to the throne in 1952. During her reign, she has witnessed an immense social change in the UK--- the transition from empire to...

Pastor Rick Warren Says Final Sermon at Saddleback

Pastor Rick Warren delivered his final sermon at Saddleback Church on August 28, 2022 with a message going back to the theme of his first sermon 43 years ago.

Israel Invites US Christians to Biblical Archaeological Tours

Israel launched a tourism plan to attract U.S. Christians in a biblical archaeological excavation across the country.

Kel Mitchell Reads ‘Sermon on the Mount’ in Prayer App

Former Nickelodeon star turned youth pastor Kel Mitchell has joined Pray.com, a prayer and faith-based app, as a voice talent for its Bedtime Bible Stories.

Behold Europe 2022 to Train Young Evangelists

Behold Europe, a gathering of young evangelists in Europe, will be held in Hintersee, Germany from November 11-14, 2022.

Free Education at Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary

The Ukrainian Baptist Theological Seminary announced they will provide education to students for free during the war.

New App Connects Americans to Persecuted Christians

Christian persecution watchdog, Open Doors USA, developed an app that lets users to pray for believers who are suffering for their faith.

Christianity Endures in Afghanistan Despite Taliban Rule

Christianity appears to be growing in Afghanistan despite the Taliban takeover for a year now.