Sometimes my heart swells with momma pride for girls who aren’t even mine.
That happened once in Tulsa, OK. I was at a talent show. The acts were good. But I was so much more than entertained.
I was inspired.
You see, this particular talent show was completely organized by a twelve-year-old middle school student. She heard about the need for clean water in Uganda and thought, I can do something about that. And so she did. She put together the event in her church and raised $1,020. That’s a lot of dough that can make a big difference. All because one twelve-year-old decided to do something.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear about other people doing BIG things for God’s kingdom, it makes me want to do BIG things, too. That’s why I thought I would pass along a few stories of girls who are making a difference from my new book My Name Is Erin: One Girl’s Mission To Make A Difference.
Read. Enjoy. Be inspired.
Madison Learns To Hug a Bear, Not a Boy
Madison was just a normal thirteen-year-old girl when God gave her a big assignment. She went on a mission trip where she heard God’s truth about purity. She committed to save her heart and her body for her husband, but it didn’t feel like enough. God used that trip to light a fire in her heart to share the importance of purity with other girls.
So she called up seven friends and invited them to the mall. They each bought a bear and then gathered at a table in the food court. They wrote letters to their future husbands and put them inside the bear, they prayed for each other to remain pure, and they promised to hold each other accountable.
Madison had been faithful to say, “Yes, Lord!” but God was not done with her. He called her and her friends to begin speaking to other girls in their community about purity. They wanted to give every girl who heard their message a bear as a tool to help them wait. The boyfriend bear was born.
Madison is now a sophomore in high school and managing a national ministry that allows her to speak about purity to girls across the nation. Hundreds of girls now have a boyfriend bear to hold as an alternative to romantic relationships outside of God’s timing.
Madison told me that she had been made fun of for taking a stand and that responding to God’s calling hasn’t always been easy. But she says it’s worth it. She wouldn’t trade living on mission for living life as a “normal” teenager for anything.
Carolina Loves on the Lonely
For her senior project at her Christian high school, Carolina decided to actually do the things she read about in God’s Word. Her goal was simple. She just wanted to help others in need.
Once a month, Carolina visited people in trailer parks, sharing her testimony. She launched an initiative to gather warm coats for the homeless and delivered them herself on a trip to New York City. She also planned an event to raise money for an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. The event raised a total of $5,000.
Carolina’s mission reminds me of a challenge God gives to all of us. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Carolina didn’t hear God speaking from a burning bush like Moses. Instead, she simply read the Bible and decided to do what it says.
Junior High Students Can Change The World
During the research for my book, I discovered a youth group with one simple mantra: “Junior high students can change the world.”
The results have been remarkable.
- Geneva organized a project called “Loose Change to Loosen Chains.” She raised more than $500 for the International Justice Mission, an organization that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery, and oppression.
- Mallory raised $350 by working in her neighborhood all summer babysitting, raking leaves, etc. She donated every cent to charity.
- Meghan wrote letters to her teachers asking them to donate toward International Justice Mission. Many teachers gave donations.
- One group of students made $600 selling bracelets. They gave it all away to fund ministry.
- One student organized a community-wide water balloon fight (fun!) to raise awareness and funds for those in need.
Once students were bit with the bug to serve others and live on mission, they wanted to do more. Many of them now lead small groups, teach others, or volunteer in other ministries in their church.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because I want you to do BIG things, too. And you can.
You don’t have to wait until you …
- make money.
- are asked to help.
- have everything figured out.
God wants you to do kingdom-sized things for Him right now. So let’s do a little dreaming together.
- What’s something God has put a burning passion in your heart about?
- How can you do something right now to minister to others in this area?
Do you know any stories of girls (maybe it’s you!) who are doing BIG things for God’s kingdom? Tell me all about it, and make this momma heart proud!