The Magnificent Seven Award was designed to honor individuals who are deeply invested in their community, most especially in how they choose to combine God and faith in the fullness of their lives, whether professionally, volunteerism, or in service to making a difference.
When modeling these, and other, characteristics, displayed in multiple aspects of a person’s life, POP believes bestowing this honor communicates to a broader arena that The Magnificent Seven highlight a powerful and uplifting Christian life, inspiring generations to come.
Some of the characteristics taken into consideration when the Magnificent Seven are chosen are: Continuing growth in faith, deep and compassionate care for others, going above and beyond in care for others, prayerful life, and a purpose found through communication with God.
While conferring with the Board of Directors, the President of Prayers Of the People will receive nominations for consideration of this esteemed award and notify the recipients.
The Magnificent Seven Award is presented to honorees at a Prayers Of the People community event.
History of the Award
During visits with Virginia and Russell McFarland over the years, Virginia “Ginnie” and AnneMarie Wallace talked about establishing an Award for women who devoted their lives to serving God which filtered into making a difference in the lives of people in their communities. Mrs. McFarland was graciously willing to help create The Magnificent Seven Award in 2014, which came to fruition through PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE. Ginnie’s radiant character stemmed from a faith in God and great love for her family. As a long-time philanthropist, her stellar efforts brought about great advancements in every endeavor she pursued. Pictured below is Virginia with the first group of recipients of The Magnificent Seven Award, gathered in her lovely home at The Hallmark Retirement Center. She is considered the brilliant creator of The Magnificent Seven Award. In memory of her loving and joyful heart, we will always share her history with all of the Awardees. Her Obituary is found at this link https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?pid=196004150 and we will dearly miss and love our Magnificent friend,
Mrs. Virginia “Ginnie” McFarland.
Back Row: Jennifer Knodel Sommer, Kimberly Stanley Bergen, Ann Elizabeth Winters, Lori Good Johnson, Patricia Al-Attas Barrett Front Row: Rev. Dr. Gale Kennebrew, Veronica Vazquez
L to R: Barbara Monroe Kirsch, Meliza Gomez, Ruby Johnson, Lula Azorey, Suzette Caldwell, Sally McMillan
L to R:(AnneMarie Wallace, President) Awardees: Ruby Johnson, Barbara Monroe Kirsch, Meliza Gomez, Suzette Caldwell, Nouha Zacca, Sally McMillan
L to R: Julie Harris, Rose Niles, Janice Wilson, Rachel Ramirez, Terry Lynn Arnold, Da’dra Greathouse