If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram…you might have seen my posts about #CHAT. This past weekend was the launch date for this big event in my life! I am soooooo excited!
Let me fill you in a little about what this is all about. For a long while I have been working in women’s ministry in my church and in general. But I now find myself for the past 2 years with not having a place in leadership in this area at my church. I am also allowing “Resume of a Mother” to evolve into what God would have it to be in terms of ministry.
I had been watching and praying for some of the young girls that come to our kids program and I see them getting bored as they get older with the kids programs and regular church. Now on a side note…I also work full time at an addiction recovery mission and see what a life full of no guidance etc…can produce. Woman will come to us with their stories of how and why they began taking drugs. Many times…they never felt they had someone to reach out to, or that fact that no one reached out to them. This is not to say that this is the only reason they are on drugs etc…but you can get the idea. After seeing the young girls in our church losing interest in things of the Lord, I felt a strong tug to reach out to them.
One night a few months ago I went to an impromptu meeting where I heard someone speaking on reaching “one”. She went on to say that we need to go to where they are and not expect them to come to us. That night I went home and drew up the plans for #CHAT. I designed the “win” and what it would be all about.
Here it is in a nutshell…
Reach the “one” by just chatting! So I guess you now understand the title “#CHAT”. Girls between the ages of 12-16 can come and chat, have a light meal, and learn a skill. They can sit quiet or chat all night…with no strings attached. This will give me and my team and chance to get to know them and the same in the reverse. We want to create a safe haven for them to feel like they have a place to share their heart and there will be no judgement. There might be an opportunity for guidance, a life verse shared, a hug and a tear or two shared.
Some of the life skills already in place are several craft sessions, makeup 101, quilting, quilling, baking and cooking from the simple to also some international cuisine and more. I have had many women come and tell me that they would love to come and share their skills with the girls.
At this point I have 28 classes lined up on paper with teachers in mind for most of them. The club as of right now will run once a month. We will run it for now for three months and then reevaluate it and see what we think were the positives and negatives of the entire night.
Pray with me that this new style girls club will be effective in reaching one girls heart and for us to make a difference that can mold, guide and potentially save a life from going in the wrong direction.
Lynn A. Wilson – Resume of a Mother