Christian women share stories, strength at conference
by Anne Marie Fuller
Aug 30, 2013 | 4002 views | 2 2 comments | 358 358 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Share the Scoop
A Tracy husband-and-wife team, Donald and Carol Jones, served scoops of ice cream during the Share the Scoop conference on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Tracy Community Church. Close to 400 women attended the annual event. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
view slideshow (3 images)
Women of faith came together from all over Northern California to share testimony of how God has worked in their lives at Share the Scoop on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Guest speaker Barbara Binns, a Tracy resident, received a standing ovation from the audience of nearly 400 women after she explained how her Christian faith had sustained her through several tragedies, including the deaths of both her parents, her siblings, her husband and the nephew she had raised as her own.

“I am a woman under construction externally,” Binns said. “I was on top of the corporate world when my world crumbled. God’s strength shows through our weakness. ... It’s not about what God wants from me; it’s what God wants for me.”

New to the sixth annual conference, held at Tracy Community Church, 1790 Sequoia Blvd., was a shopping boutique set up for the women in attendance. More than 40 businesses also donated gift cards and baskets given away during the event.

“This is my first time being at Share the Scoop,”

said Tracy resident Sandy Dawson. “I am so excited to be here. I heard about this event at church, and I’m looking to get filled.”

Modesto resident Marion Carrigan attended with her daughter and granddaughter

“I wanted to be here with my girls,” she said. “My favorite part is the women speakers and the sharing of their experiences.”

Gina Wright, public relations chairwoman for Share the Scoop, described the conference as “very uplifting and encouraging.”

“We are bringing women from all the churches together for this event,” Wright said. “The goal of this is to share the good news of what Jesus Christ can do in your life.”

Share the Scoop has taken on nonprofit status as Scoop Ministries Inc. to raise money for grants to local women in crisis. Since 2012, organizers have awarded eight grants totaling $4,897 to women in the Tracy community.

The finale on Saturday was an ice cream social. Tracy resident Donald Jones helped serve up the sweet scoops.

“My wife, Carol, and I enjoy helping out as a way to serve the Lord and our community,” Jones said. “This is a lot of fun, and I think there should be more things like this in Tracy.”

•Contact the Tracy Press at 835-3030 or

Comments-icon Post a Comment
August 31, 2013
Yeah, there were also...

Jennifer Douglas

Kim Evans

Tiffany Evans

and Lorri Smith

these women were just as amazing. AND they were from Tracy as well.

The guest speaker was very very good too.
August 30, 2013
There were also 4 other amazing women from the community that should have been mentioned. They all did an awesome job.

We encourage readers to share online comments in this forum, but please keep them respectful and constructive. This is not a space for personal attacks, libelous statements, profanity or racist slurs. Comments that stray from the topic of the story or are found to contain abusive language are subject to removal at the Press’ discretion, and the writer responsible will be subject to being blocked from making further comments and have their past comments deleted. Readers may report inappropriate comments by e-mailing the editor at