Wise Woman Award

Katharine Gray – friendfirst Director wins Business Award – March 2012

Wisdom for Women international run the Wise Woman Award in association with Keep the Faith Magazine. It is a celebration of Christian Women in the church. The dazzling award ceremony took place on the 17th March 2012 at the London Hilton Paddington.

Katharine was stunned and amazed when she won the award in the Business Category for her involvement in so many single Christian’s lives and the success that friendsfirst has had bringing so many single Christians together. Friendsfirst has had over 200 people get married through them and as a result, many babies born, including triplets! You can watch some highlights of the evening here, and also Katharine receiving her award, there are also more pictures that can been seen on our facebook page.

Upon arriving on to the stage Katharine amongst applause, Katharine soon had the audience laughing as she explained her zesty approach to marrying people off and that she was still as enthusiastic now as she had been when she first set up friendsfirst in 1999.

Katherine believes that she won the award as her faith has always been central to her business and shapes the way in which she runs it. She has made a commitment to furthering Gods Kingdom and her belief is that if Christians are not given the opportunity to meet other Christians then they run the risk of marrying a non-Christian with a possible consequence of falling away from their faith. She has been happily married herself since 2007 but is still very much committed to helping single Christians through friendsfirst and heavenlypartners.

Our members were also thrilled to hear of her achievement, here is what some of them had to say:

 

That’s fantastic news.  Well done, Katherine, for all your hard work.  And for your able team of assistants too.  Best wishes

(Norma 57 divorced Tech Info Manager)

Hello Katharine I just wanted to say a big heart felt congratulations for winning the Award you really deserve it, well done with Christian love

(Audrey 76 Beauty consultant)

“Congratulations, it is indeed an achievement ! You have a wonderful ministry.Praise the Lord”

(Monica 69 Single Charity worker)

‘Thank you for the information .. interesting reading … and congratulation to YOU for ‘The Wise Women Awards’.  Well deserved!! Thank you for all you do for us.

(anon)

So pleased to hear the news about the Wise Women Award. I am delighted that Katharines work as Director of Friends First is getting appropriate recognition.

(Revd Barrie)

“To God be the glory for everything that He has done.”

(Mary)

Many congratulations on winning the Christian business award what a great achievement!

(Gillian 66 widowed Music Examiner)

“WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS Katharine, God bless you. Thank you for all you do for us.”

(Sheila)

“Well done on winning the award.  You really deserve it and it’s right to give thanks to the Lord as well!   God bless”

(Jean,  support worker)

To God be the glory for everything that He has done.

[Mary]

WATCHED the video of your winning the WWA – proud to be part of this venture.  Congratulations on this wonderful award! I am so pleased for you.

[Diana]

“Many congratulations Katherine and may God continue to bless your ministry for single people.  I haven’t been blessed with a Christian husband yet….. but I wait on the Lord in hope and trust and perseverance & anticipation. I declare His word Psalm 27 over my life that i will live to see the goodness of God in my life! God bless you,”

(Anne)

“Many congratulations Katherine and may God continue to bless your ministry for single people.  I haven’t been blessed with a Christian husband yet….. but I wait on the Lord in hope and trust and perseverance & anticipation. I declare His word Psalm 27 over my life that I will live to see the goodness of God in my life!  God bless you.”

(Monica, Charity worker)

“  Although not a friendsfirst member anymore, I continue to receive your emails – and this was a delightful one to receive. Well done – and blessings on all that lies ahead. Well done it is an incredible achievement.  I am delighted in your success.”

(Maggs)

Congratulations that is great news. Well done.  I contacted friends first a long time ago now. I’m still single, hoping and praying to meet a good Christian man.

(Sarah 76 widowed retired Social Worker)

WELL DONE and CONGRATULATIONS Katharine, God bless you

(anon)

“Congratulations! Your vision has been rewarded  – in style!  Although not a friendsfirst member anymore, I continue to receive your emails – and this was a delightful one to receive. Well done – and blessings on all that lies ahead.

(Emma  -playworker)

” I WATCHED the video and proud to be part of this venture.”

(Jackie  – Accountant)

“Well done Katharine You really deserve this award as you have just the right approach to encouraging us all to meet up.”

(Gordon) 

“Well done, that is absolutely brilliant! I spoke with Kay this evening and she said how much you have done for Friends First over the years so it is great that your talent has been rewarded in this way! ”

(Pete – software support engineer)

Well done for winning the WWA it is an incredible achievement.  I am delighted in your success.

[Maggs]

“Very proud of you, you are my 1st class friend. Viewed the video recently it was fantastic.  Keep your hard work on and God will give you further wisdom and courage and understanding. as you know God is greater.   My love to Charles, tell him from me to continuing being a good husband. Always stay bless.”

(Gordon)

“Congratulations, it is indeed an achievement ! You have a wonderful ministry. Praise the Lord ”

(Monica, Charity worker)

“I’m really impressed with the expansion of your business. You really do deserve that Wise Woman Award Katharine. I find you so easy to talk to and you’re so experienced in what you do. It was only after I’d joined all the other agencies did I truly appreciate how good you are and how much better friends1st is than all the rest”

(Kevin by phone )

Congratulations Katharine…. I am delighted for you. I am praying that I will meet a good Christian man one day.  I have been widowed for 11 years .  All in God’s gift.  Bless you for all the wonderful work friendsfirst has achieved.

(Janine 40 widowed writer)

“Congratulations that is great news. Well done.

(Sarah – retired Social Worker)

“Many congratulations on winning the christian business award what a great achievement!”

(Gillian- Music Examiner)

“That’s fantastic news.  Well done, Katherine, for all your hard work.  And for your able team of assistants too. Best wishes. ”

(Norma  – Tech Info Manager)

“What a wonderful achievement – we give thanks for you. Many blessings”

(Stan)

“Well done on winning the award.  You really deserve it and it’s right to give thanks to the Lord as well! God Bless

(Jean 49 single support worker)

“Very proud of you, you are my 1st class friend.Viewed the video recently it was fantastic.  Keep your hard work on and God will give you further wisdom and courage and understanding. as you know God is greater.  My love to Charles, tell him from me to continue being a good husband. Always stay bless.”

(Gordon)

“Wonderful news and huge congrats to Katharine with all she has done, with our Lords help and glory too.”

(Catherine)

“Firstly congratulations on your award Katharine – you deserve it. I’m also ringing to say I think I’ve found the lovely person I’ve been looking for. She’s so lovely, so considerate. We can’t stop talking. She’s so attentive to everything. It’s been 20 years since I’ve had that sort of conversation with anyone. She’s very intelligent, very concerned about things and she says all the right things. She thinks I’m lovely too. It’s early days but I’m very happy.”

(William – Retired)

“Well done, you deserve it. keep up the good work, God bless you

(anon)

“Congratulations Katharine…. I am delighted for you. I am praying that I will meet a good Christian man one day.  I have been widowed for 11 years .  All in God’s gift.  Bless you for all the wonderful work friendsfirst has achieved.”

(Janine -writer)

“Thanks for sending this! Well done, that is absolutely brilliant! I spoke with Kay this evening and she said how much you have done for Friends First over the years so it is great that your talent has been rewarded in this way! ”

(Pete 54 single software support engineer)

“Thank you for the information .. interesting reading … and congratulation to YOU for ‘The Wise Women Awards’.  Well deserved!! Thank you for all you do for us.”

(Sheila)

‘I send my congratulations to you for the wonderful work you have done in this sphere of our lives.   God Bless you.  I am still believing !’

(Jan 73 single NHS Manager)

“Wonderful news and huge congrats to Katharine with all she has done, with our Lords help and glory too.”

(Catherine )

Congratulations! Your vision has been rewarded  – in style!  Although not a friendsfirst member anymore, I continue to receive your emails – and this was a delightful one to receive. Well done – and blessings on all that lies ahead.

(Emma 44 single playworker)

“So pleased to hear the news about the Wise Women Award. I am delighted that Katharines work as Director of Friends First is getting appropriate recognition.”

(Revd Barrie Roberts)

“What a wonderful achievement – we give thanks for you. Many blessings”

(Stan)

“Well done, you deserve it.keep up the good work, God bless you.”

(Pete – software support engineer)

Congratulations on winning the Wise Woman Award! Well done.

(Gordon)

“Congratulations on this wonderful award! I am so pleased for you.”

(Diana)

“Congratulations! Well done.”

(Gordon)

“Well done Katharine, You really deserve this award as you have just the right approach to encouraging us all to meet up. ”

(Gordon)

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‘Thank you for being so helpful and constructive’

(Christine, Proof reader)

“I am very encouraged by the service you offer.  It makes me feel that there could be a real chance of meeting someone special! “

(Susan 53 divorced)

Katharine I was contacted by a member who was sent my profile and he said he’d seen my video profile and ‘had to contact me’! So we met up last […]

(Wendy)

Thank you for your professionalism and understanding.

(Wendy, Carer)

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