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9/18/06-Tyler

Should You Marry A Career Woman: 2 Local Professionals Say 'Sure'

A local pastors response to a recent Forbes article has generated hundreds of passionate emails from viewers.
The article used the research of social scientists to proclaim, among other things, that "...Professional women are more likely to get divorced, more likely to cheat, less likely to have children, and if they do have kids, they are more likely to be unhappy about it."

Soon after the article was published, a letter arrived in KLTV's newsroom from a local pastor, W.N. Otwell, saying the Christian woman's place is in the home.

"I don't belive it was ever in god's plan for a woman to be in the workforce out side of the home. What the heathen women do, I don't think God wanted them to do, but they're not under the jurisdiction of the church. We as Christians are," says Otwell.

He's the senior pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Mt. Enterprise. It's an independent Baptist church, with about 100 members.  Otwell says the Bible prohibits Christian women from working outside of the home, unless they are under the complete authority of their husband or working in voluntary Christian service.

For that story, we spoke with another pastor, Reverend Vic Willman of Trinity Lutheran in Tyler. He says nothing in the Bible prohibits women from working, and that there are many examples in both the Old and New Testament.

Tonight, we introduce you to two, working, Christian mothers who say they are successfully juggling their careers and family.

They told KLTV 7's Lindsay Wilcox their jobs actually make them better parents.

Rainey Riley works 40 hours a week as a billing specialist at Rehabpro in Tyler.

"Sure the Bible says to take care of our husbands, and take care of the household, but sometimes taking care of the household means you have to get a job," says Rainey.

She's also the proud mother of two boys: 12 year old D.J. and 16 year old Layten.

Rainey says she and her husband prayed about their decision for her to work full time, ultimately agreeing the financial stability it would give them would benefit their kids.

"With the money I make, we can do the things we need to do with school and clothes that the kids needs and the instruments for band," says Rainey.

For Sandi Hegwood, there was never any doubt she would return to work after the birth of her now 9 year old daughter Emily.

"My mom always worked. My husbands mom always worked. Both of us just knew I was coming back to work, and I love my job," says Sandi.

She's a Senior VP at Southside Bank and her husband is in sales. She says their double income enables them to send Emily to a private, Christian school and participate in things like dance and gymnastics.

More than anything, Sandi says her job gives her an invaluable sense of self-worth.

"When I complete a task here, I think, 'Wow! I did that,' and it gives me a lot of pride to know that I was able to accomplish that, and I think it benefits my family, because I'm happier for that," says Sandi.

Both women admit balancing career and family can be challenging, but say it is possible, thanks to their faith and their family's support.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com 

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