I cannot believe she went home to be with Jesus already! In 2000, after suffering a lifelong struggle with depression and being overweight, along with being in a domestic violence marriage and having a son diagnosed with a rare heart and lung disease, I was a mess! Someone in our church had stood up and given testimony about Weigh Down and how it wasn't just another diet plan but a lifestyle that brought you closer to God. I searched for it, and I got enrolled in a class, and my life changed. I found out that God wanted me to have a real relationship with Him rather than my fridge and food. Her genuine love for people and God showed in everything she did. Gwen never made anyone feel like a lesser person and made people feel valuable. She continues to make a difference in my life as I remember her words from out of Egypt.
My entire life has been impacted and changed. Gwen taught me to open my Bible and apply what I learned to my life. I praise God for Gwen!!!!
The first time I heard Gwen preach was in 2001. The first sentence she spoke still impacts my life today. I think of it often. She held up the Bible and said, "if you revere this book, you'll do what it says". In the years following, I watched her not only preach it but live it out…every single day…especially when she thought no one was looking. She became a family friend and mentor. We loved her dearly.
Gwen exemplified servant hearted leadership and so purely and encouragingly exampled what a relationship with God could be like. My family and I are forever indebted to carry on the love for God and each other that she shared so well. She was not just a best friend and mentor but also the voice of loving truth that this world so deeply needs.
I started coordinating Weigh Down classes in 1997, and I experienced great success with laying down the sin in my life by following the godly principles taught in Weigh Down. Gwen not only taught the Truth she explained how to put the Truth into practice, and that Truth is paramount for living a life pleasing to God, and it produced much godly fruit and blessings in my life - my marriage was now better, all my relationships were better, my overall health was better, because I lost over 100 pounds putting Weigh Down principles into practice. I love Gwen for telling me the Truth and for teaching me how to put God's will into practice, and for that I am eternally grateful to God and Jesus Christ.
I just found Gwen again. I did one of her workshops in 1996 I was not ready, and I put away a binder I had from that workshop. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2005 lost 90 pounds and gained most of it back, then lost another 77 pounds in 2015 and gained most of it back. I saw her book in a thrift store and remembered something about it. I came home and went in my storeroom and found the binder I had in 1996. I believe Gwen was given a gift from God to help so many. She was such an amazing woman. God knows how many lives Gwen changed for the better and helped them get closer to God. I pray that everyone sees the truth of who she was, an amazing woman of God. I am going to continue on with her teachings. I know it will work. Thank you, Gwen. You will be missed!
I was morbidly obese for most of my life, going on diets all throughout my childhood and into adulthood. I lost over 100 pounds multiple times, only to gain it back rapidly each time. I praise the Almighty God for Gwen Shamblin Lara and her life. She selflessly shared her relationship with God with all of us and taught me how to put food in its proper place and to worship God and His Son Jesus Christ. I lost 120 pounds 15 years ago and have never regained it. I now turn to God with my problems, and I thank God for my joy! Without Gwen and her teaching, I shudder to think of what my life would have become. She gave her life to God, and He reached out, and continues to reach out, to all of us through the words He gave her. I am a walking, talking miracle because of her influence and love in my life.
Gwen has been an inspiration to me since I bought her first book. I would go up and down with my weight, but as soon as I would go up by about 15 pounds, I would grab her book and start reading and the pounds would come off. Gwen really got me to read my Bible more and just stop eating when I’m full. I have learned so much from her. And she will be missed. She is and was a disciple for our Lord. God bless you, Gwen.
It's been 25 years since I took all three workshops in my early to mid-twenties. To this day I still remember your advice that anything we run to besides God for comfort will never love us back. Your ever-present voice of reason that replayed in my head all these years had ALWAYS kept me out of trouble and guided me on a path towards God rather than idols. Thank you for being one of the most influential spiritual teachers of my life.
I only have a story from the outside. I'm a Christian and have not had dealings with her church or her. I greatly appreciate her work to get God into the thoughts of those that have fallen away or were lost to faith. She used a unique way to bring God into people’s lives. I don't care how she did it and I think God will appreciate the fact she brought some of his lost children back. I'm so sorry for her loss.
She was my precious, sweet, fun roommate who taught and shared so much with me! She brought me to the CSC where I loved and was loved by the great group there!! You are missed, sweet Gwen!
Gwen, thank you for the many lessons, wisdom, guidance, examples, walking it out and living it so that I could learn how to put it into practice and show my kids how and share God’s love with others. I can truly testify to a changed life due to what I learned through Weigh Down and watching Sabbath services thru Remnant.
Today, I am reflecting on the good memories of Gwen and how well she treated me as an employee and as a person. She was a great person and employer and will be greatly missed.
Gwen lived across the hall in Shelbourne Towers… she was a great neighbor and always had a love for the Lord and a positive outlook. Our hearts go out to her family, you are in our prayers.
Gwen had that sweet inner light that drew us and so many to her. She loved the Lord and her family and friends fiercely. And her laugh! I remember laughing so much with her and loving her spunky spirit.
I have “known” Gwen through Weigh Down since the 1990’s. I can tell you truthfully that she changed my life. While I have been in and out of Weigh Down for over 20 years, with equal successes and failures, I have always known that Gwen’s teachings about overeating, greed and idolatry were correct. In the last two weeks, I have thought again of WeighDown and how I need to try again. Though I have irregularly adhered to Weigh Down I can still remember my first impression of Gwen Shamblin. When trying to discern whether to take that first class, I prayed to God that I could love Him like Gwen did. She taught me the way to a relationship with God I had never known in my life. She showed me how to seek Him and desire to please Him in all things. I have spent several hours today watching her videos on the website. I wept for the loss of her, praised God for the gift of her and the love and gratitude I have for her. I prayed that God will reward her with the joy of paradise for her faithful adherence to Him. And I found myself asking God again to let me love Him like Gwen did (and does).
I have all of the books that Gwen wrote, and they are precious to me! I bought the first book of all when it was first published, and it changed my life! I love Gwen, her family and all the Remnant, you are truly godly people. I live in French Canada. I have followed Gwen’s journey from the start. I feel like I have lost a family member.
Please accept my deepest sympathy. Although I never met Gwen in person, I loved her dearly. I have followed her inspirational videos since 1991. She touched and changed so many lives. Our hearts are broken. She was a beautiful person inside and out, a dynamic disciple.
I was super morbidly obese since early childhood. My doctor put me on my first diet in sixth grade. That started my binge/starve cycle. In 2003 I found the WeighDown. Over the next five years I lost 135 pounds. The weight hasn’t come back because food is no longer my idol. I love you Gwen Shamblin Lara. God bless you as you rest in His arms forever.
Gwen was a trailblazer. God blessed and anointed her to lead all of us who are in bondage by the weight of food to a way out. God’s Word says that He, “God” has given us everything we need. He’s a Complete God. I know the work she has done to free people and strengthen their relationship with God will definitely not go unrewarded. I know she’s doing a new dance now, the one she’s always dreamed of “in the presence of God.” Blessing to Gwen and her family.
This woman has spoken nothing but life. I’ve been following her for over 20 yrs. It is because of her teachings that I’ve lost 150 pounds and have kept it off! Through her teachings, I’ve grown closer to God and understand true worship! She will be missed! My prayers and condolences to her family and the Remnant Fellowship.
What motivated me from Gwen was her demonstration of what you ‘gain’ when the weight drops. For her, for me and maybe for you, is that your inner glamour manifests on the outside!
I am one of those whose life was changed during the WeighDown Workshop era. I have the books and VHS tapes, still. I shall always be grateful for the knowledge I gained through Mrs. Lara’s teachings. Her smile truly did light up a room, and the love she shared with Mr. Lara was inspiring.
Words cannot express what this ministry has meant in my life. My heart is saddened today but I can see Gwen doing her ballet dance in front of the Lord she loves so much.
Hello everyone, I am just now reading about the loss of Gwen. I send my condolences to her family. Her legacy lives on and will continue to keep going as she would have wanted us to. She truly was a pioneer for this ministry.
Gwen was a true champion and follower of Christ. Her full heart was in it for us. She possessed the courage only a few leaders have. She stood on the world!!!
The Holy Spirit of God led me to this program called WeighDown Ministries in 1998. It was the only weight loss program that ever worked for me. Thank you, Gwen Shamblin Lara. Now you can dance for Jesus in person.
I met Gwen once, a Saint, for sure. My churches in Arkansas lifted the families and Remnant Church up in our prayers today for comfort and peace through the storm.
I’m at a loss for words. If it wasn’t for Gwen, I probably wouldn’t be alive myself. It was a huge honor to meet her and the rest of the Remnant family a few years ago. I think the best way to honor them is to live every day loving God as she taught us.