On Sunday, September 22, 2019, Ingrid Charlery spoke at the Forum of Faith Lutheran in New Providence.  The weekly Forum occurs between the two Sunday morning liturgical services.

Ms. Charlery told the members of Faith of her inspirational story, which she has authored in her book, “The Strength of a Woman! Through the darkness came light and strength.”  She described the circumstances that forced her and her young daughter from a comfortable home onto the dirty and uncomfortable floors in shelters for the homeless.  

As she sought to improve her and her daughter’s status, Ms. Charlery learned of Family Promise that serves persons who have lost their housing and in which Faith Lutheran has participated for 30 years.  Periodically during the year, for a week at a time, Faith provides rooms, beds, meals, showers, a washing machine and dryer for persons who participate in Family Promise.  Ms. Charlery and her daughter were guests of Faith.

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Ms. Charlery’s main message was that she survived the seemingly insurmountable emotional pain through the power of prayer.  Today, she is a public speaker and a counselor for the depressed, desperate and suicidal. 

Ms. Charlery said, “The Strength of a Woman” was written to rebuild, empower, inspire and strengthen others going through depression and the thought of suicide.  I wanted to help others come out of the stigma that others put us in.  I want everyone to know no matter what obstacles that may come their way, Don’t Give Up.  God is able to pull through it.  I took all of my pain and turned it into a Gain.”

“The Strength of a Woman” is published by Outskirts Press, Inc. and can be purchased through amazon.com

The pastor of Faith Lutheran is Rev. Jane McCready.  The address of Faith is 524 South Street, New Providence.  The website is  www.famfaith.org and phone number is 908-464-5177.