What once started as a local conference where single mothers received resources on how to create and maintain healthy homes, has now grown to a global nonprofit organization that has reached mothers in over 141 counties.
Arise Ministries, headquartered in Edmond, was founded by Pam Kanaly and Shelley Pulliam almost 18 years ago. The organization focuses on the emotional, spiritual and financial well-being of single mothers and women all over the world.
After Kanaly’s first husband left her a single mother with a 2- and a 4-year-old, Kanaly said she was devastated, but a message from God encouraged her to keep going.
“I got a very sweet word from God that God would one day raise me up through this experience to speak to thousands of women about God’s grace and how they can make it through difficult seasons,” she said. “God has done exceedingly and abundantly beyond what I could have ever hoped or imagined.”
Kanaly said single parenting is at an all-time high in America, with over one fourth of American households occupied by a single parent and 80 percent of those households being single mothers. She said despite misconceptions, single mothers are thriving and successful in today’s climate.
Arise Ministries hosts a conference every summer called THRIVE, which features inspirational speakers, panel discussions, a chance for single mothers to connect and breakout sessions with topics like how to thrive as a mom, how to overcome the past, financial stability, emotional wellness and much more.
“Our goal is to give them tools to navigate life well,” Kanaly said. “We give them tools on how to parent well in the home and how to have healthy relationships.”
Arise Ministries kicks off the holiday season with Jingle Jangle, a one-night Christmas event designed to encourage and uplift mothers and women for the holidays. Jingle Jangle takes place Friday, Nov. 22, 6:30-9 p.m. at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond. Admission is $5 for moms and $5 per family for childcare. Registration is open online at ariseministries.net.
The organization is also making a difference in the lives of mothers through its online education resource center. The resource center offers videos, Bible studies, blogs and podcasts women can access wherever they are. The free podcast features episodes titled “How to Walk Away from a Painful Past,” “Wrestling with Unforgiveness” and “14 Things Every Single Mom Should Know.”
Arise Ministries offers free online Bible studies that churches can access as well for classes, discussion groups and more.
To donate to Arise Ministries or volunteer at an event, visit their website or call 359-7368 to learn more.