Ashro Woman: Sonya H.
Meet Ashro Woman of the Week, Sonya H. from Hueytown, AL
Teacher during the week and pastor on Sunday, this dedicated mom and grandmother loves impacting lives. “I am just loving on God’s people…With me, you are safe to be you because I offer no-judgment zones.” Sonya has had a wonderful journey being a pastor and has not let challenges keep her from her calling. “My best advice is to remember that you have value and that no matter where you find yourself (not much education, challenging credit, relationship issues), you still have something to bring to the table of life and to help someone else.” Isn’t that authentic, excellent advice? Thanks for inspiring us, Sonya!
|Which city do you live?
|Which state do you live?
|How would you describe the Ashro woman? How do you embody her?
|I would describe the Ashro woman as that woman who stands out. I embody her by being my authentic self, unapologetically loving and inspiring others.
|How long have you been an Ashro customer?
|I have been an Ashro customer for more than 5 years.
|What do you do for a living? What do you like most about it? What don’t you like?
|I am a teacher by profession during the week and a pastor on Sundays. What I like most about both occupations is being able to impact lives. What I don’t like is that sometimes it feels that there is not enough time in the day to accomplish certain endeavors.
|How do you spend your free time?
|I spend my free time walking on the tract and watching old movies.
|What small thing makes you happy?
|I love when I have a quiet moment to eat pizza and fries.
|What is your best dish? Who do you make it for—and where do you typically serve it?
|My best dish is spaghetti. I make it for the youngest son and I typically serve it at our home.
|What has been your greatest struggle…and your greatest (or latest) triumph?
|My greatest struggle was raising my sons. My greatest triumph is watching them be great dads to their children and good companions to the wives (significant others).
|Who influenced you the most in your life. Why? And in what way?
|My greatest struggle was raising my sons. My greatest triumph is watching them be great dads to their children and good companions to their wives (significant others).
|Do you volunteer or do charity work? Tell us about it!
|Absolutely, I would have it no other way. Yearly, I do Bible study at the homeless shelter. I am the founder of my nonprofit, Ru’ach Prayer and Outreach Ministry, which is a multifaceted dedicated to educating, feeding and promoting faith-based principles for character enhancement of mankind.
|Are you in a sorority? Or is anyone in your family in a sorority? If so, which one and what does it mean to you?
|I am not in a sorority. My auntie was an AKA, however, most of my friends are DELTA. Some days, I just say I am a divided house because I have friends who are in both.
|What do you love about fashion and style?
|I love the versatility about fashion and style. I love how you can hide the curves or for some outfits accent them.
|Has anyone in particular influenced your style?
|Some of the TikTok influencers. Those snippets catch my eye and I mimic them right away.
|What occasions/events do you dress up for? (for example-do you often dress up for church, cultural events, charity events, going out, etc.) And how often do you typically get dressed up?
|I dress up for church, work and night events. I love going to concerts.
|How has your style evolved over time?
|It has evolved over time to be more creative and adjust to weight gain.
|Do you wear hats? How often and what type of hat? Do you wear them to church? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a hat with us!
|I wear ball caps. I very rarely wear hats to church.
|Do you wear headwraps? How often? Where did you learn how to tie it? Share a pic of you in a headwrap with us!
|I love head wraps and where them on Saturdays and every night before bed.
|Do you wear wigs? How often and what length or style? If so, be sure to share a pic of you in a wig with us!
|I do not wear wigs. I have started experiencing Alopecia and so I want to wear my natural hair as long as I can. Wigs are fabulous, eventually I will stick up on them.
|Are you a woman of faith? How does that faith affect your life? Please tell us more.
|I am a woman of faith saved by Grace. My journey with God had impacted my life is so many ways. I am just loving on God’s people. The good, bad and ugly. I always share. With me, you are safe to be you because I offer no judgement zones.
|Do you attend church? What church do you go to and what do you love most about it?
|I am pastor of Ruach Prayer and Outreach Min., Leeds, Al. I love how the people there are loving, fun and they are always willing to lend a hand no matter what the situation.
|How are you passing along your faith traditions onto your children/grandchildren?
|I am passing along my faith by leaving my messages on social media sites, and I gave children and grandchild that attend the ministry. Prayerfully they listen every Sunday as I hope to pass the baton to them.
|Are you a First Lady or a Pastor?
|If yes, tell us about it.
|My journey as a female pastor has been a wonderful one. Not easy all of the time and yes I encounter challenging things. It does not stop me from moving forward and do the things Jesus commanded to do especially praying on for another.
|Your best advice?
|My best advice is to remember that you have value and that no matter where you find yourself (not much education, challenging credit, relationship issues) you still have something to bring to the table of life and to help someone else.
|What lessons has motherhood (or being a grandmother) taught you?
|Motherhood (being a grandmother ) has taught me that my heart can love so many.
|Are you an Ashro Credit customer? If so, how has our credit helped you?
|I use to be. When I had it, it helped tremendously to allow me to get what I needed at the moment and have the time to pay it off.
|Do you have a memory to share of when you first heard about Ashro or when you received your first catalog?
|I remember receiving the catalog and just loving all of the stylish outfits.
Thanks for inspiring us, Sonya!
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