When life knocks you down, steals your joy and takes away your livelihood, what can you do? God says, “Live on what’s left!” These were the words Sheila Bailey heard that would begin her journey in to the life of the woman in 2 Kings.
When Sheila Bailey’s husband died in October 2003, she faced the rest of life alone with limited income and no life direction. She wondered how would she survive, how would she be able to make it? The Lord would lead her to her answer found in 2 Kings when the prophet Elisha told a widow with only a little bit of oil to go sell the oil….and live on what’s left. In other words, “live on your leftovers”. At an early age, Sheila remembers her parents Joseph and Lucy Smith establishing a strong Christian foundation for her and her younger sister Sandra. Growing up in Stamford, Connecticut and a member of the Faith Tabernacle Church where her father was a deacon, she learned the value of service, hard work, commitment and dedication to the Lord.
After graduation, she would say goodbye to the East Coast and migrate south to Dallas, Texas to attend Bishop College. Shortly after arriving, she would meet another student, Melvin Wade, Senior Pastor of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Los Angeles, California and former President of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America, who would introduce her to the young, robust preacher, E.K. Bailey from Oakland, California. After graduation, the young couple would marry and he would begin serving at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. In 1975 he became the founding pastor of the Concord Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Bailey and Sheila were married for over 34 years and became the proud parents of three adult children.
As the loss of Pastor Bailey was attempting to settle into Sheila’s life, she began to ask God for what direction in ministry did He want her to serve? She knew her immediate role was to lend her full and total support to her husband’s successors, Rev. Bryan L. Carter and his family. She believes she was able to embrace this idea readily and easily because her identity was more than being a pastor’s wife of 34 years. After a period of grieving, she resumed speaking throughout the country at churches and conferences as she served with E.K. Ministry, Incorporated. After seven years, the Lord would place upon her heart to launch Sheila B. Ministries. Her vision and passion was to minister to women in all seasons of their lives and to share biblical principles with all women in order for them to live victoriously.
Rev. Denise Foxx, Women’s Ministry Director at the Concord Church approached her about teaching a six week bible study to the women of Concord. Bailey says, “typically I would identify a book that someone had written and teach from that curriculum , but God made it clear to me that I was to write the lessons of the woman in 2 Kings 4-7”. As of July 2011, those lessons became the book authored by Sheila entitled “Makeovers with Leftovers”. It’s a book about hope when all seems lost.
Sheila B. Ministries, Incorporated is now in its’ tenth official year and thankful to God for how He has blessed the ministry, exceedingly and abundantly. One of the ministry’s newest initiatives is the “Renu Makeover Weekend” hosted this coming October 21 and 22 and the Courtyard Marriott in Allen, Texas. It will be more than a conference! It provides sound biblical teaching by national speakers for women in all seasons of life so that women can become empowered, encouraged and equipped. It’s a time to be “madeover” as they are refreshed, renewed and refueled! Bailey says, “at S.T.A.N.D, we want to have an impact on women throughout the community and to make a difference in the life of their families, their churches and their communities.” Conference registration has already started and the cost is only $125 until October 1. After October 1 the cost is $150. You can register at www.sheilab.org. Please go to the website for details on workshops, speakers, luncheon and other activities taking place at the conference.
Living on your Leftovers has become Sheila Bailey’s daily mantra. Her passion continues to be ministering to women in all seasons of life. Come and join us at the conference in October. You will leave refreshed, renewed and madeover!
Visit the website at http://www.sheilab.org/makeovers-with-leftovers/mwl-weekend.html