Transformation Garden

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Biblical stories of eighteen New Testament women who Jesus encouraged, empowered, and loved.

The Women Who Met Jesus, BookHow could a man who had no wife, no children, no home, no job, no money, and wandered the hills of Judea with twelve men relate to women of his time, much less women in the 21st century?

That's the question that led author, Dorothy Valc√°rcel, to search for biblical women whose lives intersected with Jesus. As she explored the lives of every woman Jesus met, she discovered that they faced many of the same challenges women encounter today.

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December 19, 2019


Dear Garden Family:


    In just a few weeks, Transformation Garden will enter our 14th year of providing daily devotionals, bookmarks and now books to individuals all around the world — over 90 countries.


    I am awed by the way every challenge we have faced in the past 14 years, and there have been many, has been handled by our Heavenly Father.  At the times when I didn’t know how the bills would be paid, some dear friend of the Garden, who had never sent a gift before, would surprise me with just the amount that would eliminate any outstanding bills.


    As 2019 draws to a close, I cannot remember a year when so many challenges have faced Jim and me, both in our working lives as well as personal lives.


    I include my husband Jim in this because although his name isn’t as visible, he is an integral part of Transformation Garden.  His help and support has been key in the daily operation of the Garden.


    After the sudden death of his beloved sister, Jim became the sole caregiver of his father. I helped by cooking and doing anything I possibly could, but Jim’s dad wanted his son’s personal care for the past 2 years and this last year, as “Papa,” grew much frailer, he relied on Jim day and night.


    I share this with you because at the same time I ended up in the hospital for nearly two weeks with double pneumonia and then fell at our home and the physicians thought I had broken the metal rod in my leg. To be honest, there were times when I just about felt like giving up.


    But whenever I was at a low point, I’d get a note that said, “I wake up every day to a devotional that I think you wrote just for me.”  You have no idea what your kind words meant and continue to mean. And let me add, when I was in the hospital, my wonderful co-producer here in the Garden, Pat Privee, would assist me in pulling an older devotional and we would rerun it, and some dear reader would send me a note, “I had read this before and I was hoping you would run it again sometime.” God knows how use all of us to lift each other up in our toughest times. We are just a big circle of encouragement and often we don’t even know it. Like my Garden pal Georgia who knows I love purple and just sent me an email filled with the most beautiful purple flowers I’ve ever seen. That’s just the way I’ve found God at work each day in the Garden.


    If you want to help our work continue, I invite you to assist us now by sending a special year-end gift. You can give through Paypal at and checking on “Donations”. Or send a gift to our address : 2675 West SR89A, 

PMB 1121, Sedona, AZ 86336.


    Gifts of any size are helpful. We have tried to keep our requests for funds to a minimum, but this year-end we need to raise $4000 to start the New Year off with all our bills paid.  Your gift would mean a lot and I thank you in advance.


Your friend,


Dorothy Valcarcel

Transformation Garden