To say we were “pleased” with Linda as our speaker selection would be like saying, “I’m sort of glad I won that $1,000,000 lottery”. It would be more accurate to say we were thrilled, blown-away, phenomenally overjoyed! We would love to have her back again, and again, and again…. Joan Wickersheim, St John Chrysotim Church
“I enjoyed your message so much. It spoke right to me. It was as if you were the lady down the street and we have known each other for a long time.” – Hearts at Home, Bloomington, IL.
“Thank you Linda. My heart is forever changed.” Kinnie – PWOC Robins Airforce Base.
“You were hilarious! I needed to laugh like that!” – Red Bank Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN
“The thoughts are still lingering in our minds from your wonderful wonderful message at our Women At The Well gathering on Saturday. We want to express our appreciation once again for your time and presentation. I’m sure we will want to have you be with us again sometime in the future. – Norma Hooks, First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs, CO.
“Linda, I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful weekend. The women are still talking about the conference!” – Julie Moody, First Baptist, Statesboro,GA
“Linda is a humorous and gifted speaker.” – Julie Requadt, Gloria Del Lutheran Church, Houston, TX
Member of Retreat, Committee from Bible Fellowship Church, Ventura, CA – “You are a much more powerful presenter than we realized. This was our best weekend ever!”
“You were a blessing! We all fell in love with you and your humor!” – Pat McGee, Bloomington Assembly of God, Bloomington, MN
“As you spoke, you made me feel like we were dear friends!” – Conferee, Greater Philadelphia Christian Writer’s Conference
Audrey from PWOC New England – “Just wanted to take a moment to tell YOU once again how much we appreciated all you gave to our conference. Your message was so timely, and your sensitivity to our ladies evident. Thank you for following the Lord’s lead! Not to mention that you are a LOT of fun, and so accommodating as a guest speaker! I SO enjoyed our dinner conversations–for this closet clown, it was a real kick to have such an accomplished storyteller as yourself laugh at my droll little tales of family and ministry. Thank you, too, for being so gracious. Your warmth and flexibility put everyone at ease. That’s a gift. You’re a gem.
Suzanne Smith, Shirley Grove Baptist Church, GA – “I want to thank you again for helping to make our ladies conference a great day in the Lord. We laughed and cried while the Lord touched our hearts. As you reminded us about Joseph, if we know the Lord, everything works together for good.”
Mother’s Day Bruch, Lifebridge Christian Church, CO – I really enjoyed hearing what you had to say about God being with us. Your stories inspired me to realize that God is with me even now. Tomorrow morning I take my baby in for tests to see if she has a serious disease. Now I realize that no matter what the outcome, God has not abandoned me. Your have inspired me to see that my baby is precious–no matter what.
Conferee from Liberty, NY – “I am writing you to thank you once again for coming. You have truly saved me from a ‘BATTLE” with the enemy that I could not win without God! I had gone ‘astray’ from the Lord for almost 20 years, thinking in the flesh. Girl…was I wrong! Jesus is the way the truth and the light! Praise you, Lord!! Thank you for leading and re-leading God’s children BACK to Him! You have really changed my life. Linda, remember…at the conference, I told you I see Jesus in your eyes. Well you are truly his faithful and devoted servant. Thanks Linda for saving me from struggling with my faith. Thanks for teaching and showing me. You are a true friend and a sister in Christ.”
Pinecrest Women – Walking in Faith Conference – “WOW! We have been touched with your stories, life experiences and God’s work in your life. Thank you – We have been so blessed!” Boulder CO
“Your presentation was really meaningful tome. I’ve struggled to lay down, release, surrender – something for 13 years. When you led us in prayer, I dropped it into God’s big pocket. I can do that as many times as necessary.” Boulder CO –
Women of Worth Conference in Washington State- “Thank you for coming. We has six who received Christ and sixty redidications. Praise God!” – Dixie.
Leslie Shortridge– Lebanon, Oregon – “What an event! One of our planning committee members asked me, ‘What would it take to bring Linda back?'”
Letter from Conferee — PWOC Germany – “Mrs. Linda — I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much I appreciate you, your ministry, and the words you spoke this week. I feel like I know you…and I suppose that must be weird for a speaker to have so many people who feel so close to you. I am writing you because I always try to let people know when I am touched by knowing them. I love your spirit. I enjoy your humor…appreciate your insight…I’m inspired by your stories. Thank you. I thank the Lord for using you to touch other people. Your message — was anointed. How desperately we all need to be reminded about the Joy of the Lord! I am holding onto the message that I can trust in God and He loves me. Thank you for sharing your live of the Lord, and your life. I am blessed and refreshed.” – Sheila
From Cheryl Roland; Northeaster Indiana Nazarene Ladies Retreat – “Words cannot begin to thank you for your encouraging messaged of hope and healing. We are so amazed at the many ways God is using you and Laura to give joy to others.”
From Karen H; Trinity Lutheran Church Pleasanton, CA – “Just wanted to send a note of thanks for speaking at our retreat. We all cried a little, laughed more…but mostly learned a lot about ourselves. You told simple truths and gave us step by step instructions that did the one thing we hoped for out of the weekend…bring us closer to our Lord. So, I can’t thank you enough!
From several conferees; Robins Air force Base; Women of the Chapel -“Thank you for the joy you bring.” “What an awesome vessel of God you are.” “Love you!” “Thank you for being there for us.” “Thank you so much for sharing encouraging words in the Lord.”
Response card — Spring Banquet with the Union Gospel Mission — Sioux Falls, SD – “Linda is one of the best Christian speakers we’ve ever heard. God bless her!”
Brawna Henderson; Pinecrest Community Church, Parker, CO – “I hope you enjoyed your time with the women of Pinecrest Community Church as much as we all enjoyed you! We were so blessed by your stories of wisdom and inspiration. We have received very positive feedback about you as our speaker, and I wanted you to know just how much we appreciated your willingness to step in and spend your time with us. I know that God had you specifically in mind to share with us, and I am so happy that He worked it our for you to join us in Vail. It was such an uplifting and relaxed environment for everyone, and I am grateful for your contribution in making our retreat a wonderful one. Several of the women expressed their heartfelt enthusiasm about your messages and how much they looked forward to hearing from you with each new session. You have such a welcoming warmth about you, and it was amazing how quickly you were able to draw everyone in with you as you spoke. You have just the right balance of humor and heartache within your messages, and we just couldn’t contain ourselves from laughing and crying right along with you. Many of the women remarked at how they felt as though you were wholly there as a part of our group from the moment you walked into the room. I certainly hope that you experienced that same sense of belonging. Thank you for your commitment to serving God fully, for your willingness to share so much of yourself with us, and for three incredible messages that were able to touch each of us in a unique and powerful way! May God bless you and your family in abundance as you continue to seek and serve Him. I look forward to the time when our paths cross again and we are able to share more stories about all that He has done in our lives.”
“The overwhelming response on the evaluation forms was that everyone just loved the keynote speaker. You touched people by making them laugh and cry at the same time. I’ve had women come and tell me this is the best ever women’s retreat they’ve been to at our church. Thank you. And thank you for your words that also encouraged me.” – Margie Schoepp, Women’s Retreat Chairperson, Saint John Lutheran Church, Seward, Nebraska
“You were hilarious! I needed to laugh like that!” – Red Bank Baptist Church, Chattanoga
Donna Knip; Bible League national Retreal Coordinator…
As the Retreat Coordinator for the Bible League, I would highly recommend Linda Evans Shepherd. She is a wonderful person as well as a great speaker. She is very easy to work with and accommodating. She wound our theme through all of her talks. We didn’t ask her to speak on a specific topic, we just told her what our theme was and she took it from there! We have four retreats across the United States and so far we have had her speak at three of them in three different years. Each year the theme was different and she incorporated it in her talks. Depending on the retreat, she spoke either 3 or 4 times. Linda has a great sense of humor and was also able to challenge each of us.
I can also tell you that if you spend much time at all with her at the retreat, you will end up with a new friend. Obviously, I am very impressed with Linda and highly recommend her.
“I especially enjoyed Linda Shepherd’s message and testimony.”
“I laughed till I cried.”
“Linda has a knack for being down-to-earth, like she knows who you are deep down.”
“Linda blessed my heart so much today.”
“Linda was enjoyable, easy to listen to and used a variety of learning styles.”
“I cannot tell you how much it meant to all of us that you were the speaker this weekend. I hope that you will be able to share with us again next year. I will continue to pray for your ministries and your family. God is truly working miracles through you.” – Lorraine Williams, Wycoff Assembly of God, Wycoff, NJ
“Thank you for coming and sharing with us. The women are still talking about it and really loved the topics. Everyone felt truly blessed.” –Betty Voshage, Redeemer Lutheran, Austin, TX”
You have been an amazing speaker — the Holy Spirit touched many many women through you. THANK YOU!! We just feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know you. Thanks you for sharing your life with us.” – Angie Murphy and Karen Docherty, Pikes Peak Church, CO Springs, CO
“You have an awesome power with prayer and I loved how you would put prayer in the middle of your sessions.” – Elease, Retreat Conferee, Marble Falls, TX
Here are some notes from recent conferees who attended a retreat in California.
“The most amazing things have been happening to me since the conference in Buellton last weekend. The greatest of all is that I am still filled with the Holy Spirit very much like I was during the weekend. My self confidence has exploded and I feel like a whole, complete woman, with poise, confidence, grace, patience, verve (my favorite word) and a zest for life. Your talk was so very profound. You combine, a realness, spirituality, humor, with grace, dignity and love.
“Everyone enjoyed themselves so much. I personally enjoyed seeing the women feel they had the freedom and open door to sit and talk with you. Thank you for your openness to talk to them and for a wonderful weekend. God was really at work! We want to have you back!
Linda Duval, Director of Women’s Retreat, Bible Fellowship Church, Ventura, CA
Linda Duval also added: You were very down to earth. It was easy for women to relate to you. You reached women from all walks of life–Christians, non-Christians, young and old. You showed us that no matter what our circumstances, with God’s help, guidance and love, we will make it when we walk with our eyes and hearts focused on Him.
“This weekend was truly a turning point in my late-in-life walk with Christ.” – Conferee from California”
Linda was our Christmas speaker at our Christmas brunch. We just loved her.” Grace Evangelical Church, Longmont, CO.
Your presentation was EXCELLENT. I especially enjoyed your personal examples of overcoming difficulties and struggles. I can’t thank you enough for being a part of our very special weekend. God’s presence was felt throughout every part of the retreat. We received so many wonderful compliments! God made our weekend something beautiful.
De Ann also says, “I highly recommend Linda as a speaker. Do you want her phone number, I’ll get it for you.”
Christy Sassman, Ladies Retreat Coordinator, First Baptist Church of Universal City, San Antonio, TX:
After reviewing the evaluation forms, the only advice I have for you is to do it exactly the same way as before! The comments were wonderful. The only negatives were things like, “give her more time” and “we wanted to hear her more times”. The comments ranged from “inspirational” to “she reached me right where I was” to she was just like me: we both have real life things happen. But God loves us.” Thank you Linda for coming and sharing so much of yourself with our ladies.
Dianne E. Butts, Christian Freelance Writer – “Linda proves the adage true–those who endure deep wounds gain great compassion and profound insights. Linda doesn’t speak from theories; Linda knows from her own hurts. Whether the topic is grief, marriage, prayer, or learning to move with God, Linda has a lovely knack of handling serious issues with humor.”
Author/Speaker Sandy Austin says, “You are amazing Linda! You must be the most incredible woman in America! Is one of your spiritual gifts exhortation (or encouragement)? You have so many ministries that encourage and uplift sooooooooo many people! I pray that the Lord would pour back to you a hundredfold for all you do to take care of the body of Christ…let alone all the others you reach through your ministries! It’s truly a privilege to know you! Thanks for blessing my life!”
Boulder, CO Group – “Your presentation was really meaningful tome. I’ve struggled to lay down, release, surrender – something for 13 years. When you led us in prayer, I dropped it into God’s big pocket. I can do that as many times as necessary.
Sheila Tolbert of Grace Community Church of Greenville, SC says, “The ladies are still giving you rave reviews. We would like to have you come for an event at the church in November!”
EVER WONDER WHAT YOUR NAY SAYERS WILL SAY ABOUT LINDA? Here’s an actual testimony…”The food was terrible. The potatoes were ice cold. The meat was really fatty. What a wonderful blessing Linda is!” Sioux Falls, SD.