“I thought you were saved,” some said when unmarried 24-year-old Willie Mae Hawkins got pregnant while away at college. But their judgmental opinions didn’t make her doubt the authenticity of the salvation she’d had for two years. And, they didn’t make her doubt that God would take care of her and her son, even in the absence of his father.
Hawkins – an inspirational speaker, lecturer, and ordained minister –shares the story of how God gave her the strength, resources, and wisdom to raise a child alone. Her book She Builds a Vineyard: A Single Parent’s Struggle to Survive, parallels her life with the biblical story of Hagar, a single parent to Ishmael.
The Enfield, North Carolina resident is founder of JustUs-Resources for Single Parents; and Spring, Inc.- A National Single Parenting Ministry. JustUs is non-religious to fit school and business formats. Spring is religious-based for churches and organizations that desire to provide spiritual guidance. Both agencies provide mentoring, coaching, and counseling for individuals and families. Workshops, seminars and conferences are also conducted for groups and leaders.
“I wasn’t aware of any resources like JustUs and Spring when I was raising my son alone,” Hawkins said. “I solely relied on God’s leading. My book and programs are centered on the direction I received.”
Hawkins will never forget how she struggled in a huge and uncomfortable seven-month pregnant body to continue classes at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She was determined not to return to her impoverished hometown of Enfield, North Carolina. Despite her best efforts, she had to stop just four classes shy of attaining her bachelor’s degree. Then one of her worst fears came true. She had to return to Enfield and depend on welfare to support herself and her son.
However through it all, she held on to faith that God would always meet their needs, and He did not let her down. Now her son is an 18-year-old college student at University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Hawkins is completing her Doctor of Ministry at Regent University.
For more information about her book or programs contact Hawkins at (252) 445-5258 or email@example.com. Also see her websites: http://www.spring-inc.org, http://www.justus-resources.com, and http://www.shebuildsavineyard.com.