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By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

When an Ohio woman saw the Women’s March on Washington in 2017, she felt called to organize a counter rally to dispel what she saw as its negative image.

Pastor Diane Mullins has organized the Deborah’s Voice national rally for the Washington Mall in September. She will be speaking in Connersville Thursday for the Esthers in Today’s World conference at Growing Branches for Christ Ministries. The conference continues Friday night and Saturday morning with Reva Kasey and Vonda Bishop speaking.

Mullins pastors at Calvary Christian Center in Hamilton, Ohio, with her husband Jim. She is the daughter of regionally known pastor Pearl Robinson, Bishop said. 

“Mullins has said she woke up in the middle of the night and heard the words ‘Awake, Arise, Advance,’” she said. “It is a huge movement that is growing with rallies throughout the United States.”

“The Lord laid it upon her heart to have the (Washington) rally when Ashley Judd (at the Women’s March) made the statement ‘I’m a nasty woman,’” she said. “The Lord spoke and asked, ‘Are you going to allow that to happen and not stand up for women across the United States?’ We’re not all ‘nasty women.’ He gave her the vision and it snowballed.”

Mullins will be available for a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Growing Branches, 3674 Western Ave. People can come and find out about the Washington rally, said Sharon Cranfill, organizer for the Esther’s Conference. Mullins will show a film and talk at 6:30 p.m. before a 7 p.m. service.

The Washington rally on Sept. 29 will include about 30 Christian speakers and authors: among them, Kay Arthur, CeCe Winans, Tony Evans’ daughter Priscilla Shirer from the movie “War Room” and Anne Graham Lotz, Bishop said. 

A bus for the rally will depart from Growing Branches, 3674 Western Ave., on Sept. 27. Reservations are needed; half of the $555 cost is due by June 27; the second half by July 27.

The tour includes six days and five nights, two meals a day, hotel, transportation and a tour of Washington and the area Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, said Pam Bowling. Currently one bus for 50 people has been secured. A second bus would require another 25 or more reservations.

For more information, contact Bowling at 765-265-8791 or by email at pambowling_480@comcast.net.

For information about Mullins, Deborah’s Voice and the rally, go to www.deborahsvoice.net. For information about the Esthers in Today’s World conference, call Cranfill at 765-265-7875.      

Bishop will serve as co-host for a July 24 rally at Community Family Church in Independence, Kentucky.