Candy Abbott, executive director of Mothers With a Mission, is an author, publisher, inspirational speaker, and grandmom. But most of all, she sees herself as a “fruitbearer” as it is her life’s goal to exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) in all that she does. She began writing in 1983, around the same time she co-founded Sisters in Christ. Candy is a charter member of Southern Delaware Toastmasters, elder and deacon at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, director of the annual Fruitbearer conference, and founder of Delmarva Christian Writers’ Fellowship. She and her husband Drew own and operate Fruitbearer Publishing, LLC. They have three children and four grandchildren, all in close proximity to their home in Georgetown, Delaware. Visit www.fruitbearer.com or www.fruitbearerevents.com.
Next to God, my family is the most important thing in my life. And then, of course, there are the many responsibilities, opportunities, and charities that vie for my attention, all of them worthy. But, there is this slight restriction called “time,” with only 24 hours in each day.
In 2002, when I retired from my 28-year career as executive secretary to the Campus Director of Delaware Technical & Community College, I thought I would be able to enjoy my husband in our empty nest, visit our three adult children who live nearby, and focus on writing, publishing, and speaking.
Then came the grandkids and way too much fun!
And, little by little, other activities started creeping into my life which I embraced eagerly . . . until I realized in 2012 that I was running myself ragged. About the time I was intentionally saying “no” to things I used to love to do (like singing in the choir for 37 years), I received an invitation to become president of an organization I had never heard of, the Delaware Association of American Mothers. I was quick to practice saying “no,” until the Lord gave me a nudge and told me He wanted me to accept. What?! After much prayer, I agreed, and what a whirlwind time we had, naming our Delaware Mother of the Year, Young Mother of the Year, and Mother of Achievement, and then attending the American Mothers, Inc. national convention at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. It was there that I realized the national organization had embraced a new marketing campaign that left out morality and God from their priorities. By then, the Lord had stirred a passion in me to speak out on behalf of biblical and moral values, and the next thing I knew, the whole concept of a new organization was coming alive before my eyes. There is more to the story, but we’ll save that for another day.
Candy’s Personal Mission Statement:
My purpose is to walk so closely with God that I will demonstrate the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) in everything I say and do, teaching others to live right, that we may humbly, prayerfully, and eagerly await Christ’s return.