Our church was looking for a new youth pastor and the pastor asked my husband to fill in until they found someone. I was 21 and hadn’t been married a year yet. We took a group of teens to a winter camp in Colorado. I was in a cabin with several girls and one night a young girl about 15 woke me up to talk. She shared with me that she thought she was pregnant. This was a beautiful young lady who was visiting our church at the time. I remember mostly just listening to her and in my head I was begging the Lord for the right words to say and the right way to help. I didn’t have a clue of how to handle a situation like this. Along with my husband’s guidance, I did my best in being someone that she needed in the area of talking to her parents and guiding her in some steps to take.
Shortly after, our church had a Family Life Seminar with Tim and Beverly LaHaye. I was honored to help one of our pastor’s with the planning of the seminar. When the seminar took place, I was awestruck by the ministry of Beverly LaHaye. She had a passion to see women live their lives in a way that brought honor and glory to the Lord through their marriages, raising children and serving in the church.
When my husband went to seminary, we served in a church where my husband worked full-time as youth/ associate pastor. This is where my passion for equipping young girls and women to be all that God desires for them really began. Here are a couple of pictures I found of the Christian Womanhood Class that we started. I would love to know where these girls are now! Notice the monogramed jumpers? They sang as a group, too! So cute! The second picture shows the girls and I during our first event, “Hat’s Off To Mom!” (early 80′s)
The following pictures are just a sample of some of the amazing women that I have met over the years while serving in women’s ministry and going to various women’s events .
There are many more that I didn’t get or have a picture of. Can you recognize any of them?
I will always remember that first young girl that came to me in the middle of the night with a desperate need of help and I wasn’t at all equipped to help her. I vowed way back at that first meeting of that little Christian Womanhood Class, to be equipped myself and to teach other’s to live their lives as God designed.