This page has been created as a surprise for Kathy because those of us behind the scenes here at the Worldwide Mom’s Day of Prayer want you to Meet Kathy. Truly meet Kathy. A bio page simply would not do her justice. We did not have to look very hard to find many friends with much to say… As you read the testimonials below we believe you too will come to love her as much as we do.
Although we have never met, we sure have something in common, our love, honor and respect for my “Baby Daughter”. God always sees the big picture. In my late years He has sent me Kathryn Josephine. She has always been my pride and joy. Several years ago she came home to Paragould, AR for a visit. I knew the minute I saw her there was some thing different. She had been to a ladies retreat and the Holy Spirit spoke to her as she was outside in the early morning break and Kathy was saved – “Born Again”. I always knew that God has something special for her. Now in these last few years she has been called into this special service, “Mom’s Day of Prayer”. I continue to pray for her.
Her Mother Janollah Payne
December 4, 2005
My Mom – My Best Friend
There is a friendship between mothers and daughters that no one can understand except mothers and daughters!!! Growing up people always told me – “Someday you and your mom will be best friends”. And there were times that seemed nowhere possible. Like when my mom ripped my phone out of the wall and threatened to throw it out the window – it sure didn’t seem likely that she would be more than just a mother to me. My senior year is when my mom and I started becoming really close but lately I have realized that if it wasn’t for the 17 years before that then we wouldn’t be where we are now. Every time my mom and I would get into a fight my dad would say – ya’ll are only fighting because you’re so much alike. Of course we knew it but we would never admit it!!! About a month ago I went to a retreat where my mom was the speaker. She did awesome! I told her at the end “Mom – I hope someday I’m half the mother, wife and person that you are.” I meant that with all my heart. There were many times growing up when I felt the whole world was against me and my mom was always right beside me – even when she knew I had done wrong. Growing up my parents were very affectionate in front of people and yes – sometimes it was embarrassing – but I have always known that my parents are in love just as much if not more than when they were 18 years old and just married. The Bible says “train up a child in the way that he should go”. Well – for the past 21 years my mom has done that. No matter what I did or how rebellious I was – I always knew what was right. And that is because I had a praying mother that cared enough for me to pray for me unceasingly. I think the reason my mom started Moms Day of Prayer and why she is so passionate about it is because she has seen first hand what prayer can do in the lives of her children. I would also like to say that my dad has had just as much a part in bringing me up as my mom but this paragraph was supposed to be about her so I couldn’t say anything.
One of my most favorite memories might be the day that Kathy and I went to get Liz’s ring together. She was so funny as she was talking to Liz while I was riding in the truck with her! Also, she helped out tremendously through the weeks preparing for that very special, proposal, day. I cannot thank her enough for that. She helped everything go so smooth! She is her husbands rock and her children’s light, guiding their way. I just want her to know she has been a great role model to her children and to many people throughout the world. She has given of herself so selflessly and that is such an admirable thing. There is really no “one” thing that can capture Kathy. There are so many things…
It is such an amazing blessing to call Kathy Coleman my friend! I have had the privilege of personally witnessing the transformation in Kathy’s life when God revealed himself to her in a mighty way in 1995! Since that time, God has ignited in Kathy a passion to share her life testimony, to speak into the lives of others what she has learned through personal experiences and through the study of God’s word. I love the fact that Kathy removes her own mask as she openly shares from her heart to other women. I know Kathy to be the same person that stands before a group to speak as she is to those of us who share in her life as friends, always “real”!
Kathy is a true friend, one that holds me accountable to be a praying, God seeking woman. She will speak the truth to me and love me as imperfect as I am and she expects the same in return. I recently came across a letter Kathy wrote me several years ago when she first began to do more public speaking. She begged me to please pray for humility in her life, to be careful never to praise her but to always praise God and that has been my constant prayer for her. Kathy is truly an example of when we are obedient to God’s call, He can do extraordinary things through ordinary people!
Kathy is a wonderful person. She is a wonderful Christian lady. She is the same yesterday, today and will be tomorrow and I love her for that. I love her and her family very much. She is a lot of fun. Her Friend,
My special memory of Kathy involves her amazing talent for encouraging others in their walk of faith. I had been divorced after thirty years of marriage, and was starting to date an extraordinary man in Fort Smith, even though I was living in Dallas at the time. We dated long distance for a year before being married this past summer. Kathy’s encouragement and enthusiasm mixed with special advice was so welcomed and needed while I was struggling with life issues. Very often I would unexpectedly receive an encouraging email from Kathy which always buoyed my spirits. These timely greetings illustrated to me just how closely Kathy walks with the Lord, because I would pray for divine guidance, and soon thereafter I would receive one of my email encouragements from Kathy. What a blessing she has been to me these past two years, and I can rest assured that her loving guidance and caring attitude are the result of her close walk with the Lord and the study of His Word. Bless you Kathy, your family, and your obedience to God’s direction in creating MDOP.
I have known Kathy for more than twenty-seven years. She is a dear friend and I appreciate all the work she has done in the East Side Baptist Church and through her ministries to so many people. She is a wonderful wife, mother, and church member. She has grown spiritually in an amazing way over the years. She has always opened her home to us and to others, and we have enjoyed sweet fellowship with her, Rod, and their children. We wish Kathy the very best of the Lord’s blessings and encourage others to pray for and support her. Love in Christ, Jane Moore
I was in Wal-Mart shopping when I received a phone call asking if I was interested in working part time for Kathy and helping her with Mom’s Day of Prayer. I was so excited and yet felt so unworthy of helping with this ministry. Words cannot even express my gratitude to Kathy giving me the opportunity to grow and learn about the vision that God gave Kathy in taking the Mom’s Day of Prayer movement worldwide. Kathy is the most amazing Prayer Warrior I have ever met. I believe that every time she prays I always need a Kleenex. Thank you Kathy for all that you do in the name of Jesus Christ and for the children of the world.
Kathy you never know who is watching. (ha) There are so many special memories of you; I could never get them in a paragraph. When you first came to our church as a young girl, I through what a beautiful girl, and through the years, especially the last ten or so as I have watched you give your all in and through the Lord. So willing to follow everything He placed you in. Just to watch your beautiful eyes glisten as you speak of “Mom’s Day of Prayer” or “Moms In Touch”. I thank God for you each day for the joy you bring in my life, because you are one of the treasures to enjoy, for my life here on earth. May God continue to bless you always.
Kathy Coleman has probably been more instrumental in teaching me about God’s GRACE in our lives than any other person; that God loves us even with all of our blemishes; that we don’t have to “perform” for Him to love us!
She’s also reinforced the power of prayer in my life. I’ve been a christian all of my life, but I’ve never seen so many “miracles” come out of such simple prayers! I thought you had to strain, groan and wrestle God to answer our prayers–ha! Besides that, she’s a goof–if God can use a goof like her, He can certainly use me!
xxxooo Kim Norman
I met Kathy Coleman almost five years ago at a Moms In Touch Leadership Retreat. It did not take long to see what a precious sister in Christ she is! Kathy is a real joy to be with. She has a great sense of humor, so is always creating laughter in others with her quick wit. Kathy is also a great servant-leader. God has given her incredible gifts and has called her to great things for His Kingdom! Other words that describe her leadership are committed, a ‘go-getter’, a ‘mover-shaker’ and hard working! A beautiful aspect of Kathy’s leadership is how she leads in humility. She truly spreads the aroma of Christ wherever she goes. She looks out for the interests of others above herself and is a great encourager. Kathy is very generous and always willing to give or serve in any way she can. I feel honored to serve alongside her and learn so much from her. Perhaps the greatest quality I love in Kathy, is her tender heart and love for God. We learned quickly to have a box of Kleenex near Kathy in sharing times. Her love and gratitude to Christ and what He’s done for her often overflows in her tears. I cannot picture Kathy without a smile on her face.(even through her tears) She glows with the beauty and joy of the Lord. She always has a positive optimism that is contagious. God is using her in great ways and I am blessed to know her! Jan Sutterfield Arkansas State Coordinator