First Place Update
Beverly Henson, a First Place leader from Meridian, Mississippi, has been nominated by the State Games of Mississippi for “2002 Overall Sportsman of the Year”. These games are similar to the Olympics, but done on a state level. Beverly is one of five nominations announced by the State Games Commission. The 2003 Kickoff Banquet will be held in January 2003 and the Sportsman of the Year Award will be announced at that time.
During the 2002 state games, Beverly won three Gold Medals and three Silver Medals in running, swimming, kayaking and mountain biking.
We have just finished our first session of First Place at Hope Baptist Church. Eighteen women were in the first session and lost 162.5 pounds. The Bible study was awesome and many lives are being changed. Our next session is about to begin and we have 9 new members in the group. We are looking for a group of about 23 this session. We are anxious to see what God is going to do in this next session. Thank you so much for this wonderful program.
Hope Baptist Church
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful program. A wonderful lady, Barbara Alewine, started the First Place group at our church. I wanted to join but was reluctant because of the cost. Barbara came to me and said someone wanted to sponsor me, so I joined. We finished one 13-week session and a 6-week mini session.
God has really blessed me. I have lost 22 pounds so far and have about 20 more to lose. I’m also a diabetic and before First Place, my numbers were creeping upward. After following the First Place program and eating healthy and losing weight, my diabetes is back in line. My doctor wanted to know what I was doing. I showed him my member’s guide and he thumbed through it and saw all my highlights and markings and then told me to keep up the good work! The first thing I did was prayed to God He would have to do this because I couldn’t do it alone.
As we started our second session, our leader felt overloaded and needed assistance with the Bible study, so I offered. I ended up leading the studies, and boy did I learn a lot along the way. I’m learning to give Christ first place in my life. The scripture memory has been helpful. I’ve learned so much about resisting the devil and believing in God and HIS power. Thank you, again, for such a wonderful program. I get compliments all the time on my weight loss and all I can say is GOD and First Place.