Bell to highlight Las Amigas’ Virtuous Woman program

By: By Natalie Davis - ndavis@ansonrecord.com

Anson County native Norvita Denise Bell will be the speaker at this year’s annual Virtuous Woman program.

The program is sponsored by the Morven Chapter of Las Amigas, Incorporated, and the theme is “Virtuous Women:Using the Power of God.”

The program will be held April 14 at 5 p.m. at Kesler Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church in Wadesboro.

Each year, a woman is recognized by Las Amigas, for living a life of service and dedication to helping others in Anson County. This woman is identified as a “Virtuous Woman” and holds the position for one year.

Winnie Bennett, of Las Amigas, said that Bell is committed to living out one of her favorite scriptures as recorded in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

Bell was licensed into the gospel ministry in 2002 by Bishop Claude R. Alexander of The Park Church in Charlotte, and serves in various ministerial capacities there including the prayer ministry and the women’s ministry. Her community affiliations include membership in the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte.

Bell received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Bell has taught high school for the last 27 years in the North Carolina public school system and has received Teacher of the Year Honors at schools in Anson, Union and Mecklenburg counties.

Bell is currently an English teacher at David W. Butler High School in Matthews.

“Minister Bell desires to provide tutelage for her students in such a way that they are empowered and compelled to go forth and make the world a better place for all,” Bennett said.

In 2011, Bell began sharing daily words of inspiration and encouragement via her social media Facebook page. As a result of those years of inspirational empowerment for the readers, the ministry of “GO and TELL with Norvita D. Bell” was founded on Jan. 27, 2018.

In addition to social media, this ministry now includes a weekly inspirational broadcast on PRAISE 100.9 FM in Charlotte.

“PRAISE 100.9 is blessed to have an audience of over 150,000 listeners,” Bennett said.

Bell traveled to Kenya in 2014 where she preached and taught about the word of God.

“Whether called to serve locally or globally, one of her guiding principles is encapsulated in a verse of song by the late great gospel artist Mahalia Jackson,” Bennett said.

“If I can help somebody, as I pass along … If I can cheer somebody with a word or song … If I can show somebody, that is traveling wrong … Then my living shall not be in vain.”

Bell is the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Asa L. Bell Sr.

For more information about the Virtuous Woman program, contact Joletha Little at 704-694-6278.

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By Natalie Davis

ndavis@ansonrecord.com