It’s Wednesday morning on New Years Eve. I’m sitting on my couch with my coffee and I glance up every now and then at my husband, who is installing new blinds in our living room windows. It’s a beautiful day here in Spokane. The sun is shining brightly and it’s so cold it looks like everything outside is frozen in place. My thoughts drift to God and the countless ways He has blessed me this year and I feel excitement and expectation for 2015. My word for the coming year is “action” because I believe it will be a year full of God ordained activity.
As I look back on 2014, I’m amazed at all God has done and accomplished through the Whatever Girls Ministry.
Here are some highlights:
- We founded “Whatever Girls Online Bible Studies”
- Founder and President Erin Bishop wrote an article for Christian music group “Casting Crowns” to promote their new album “Thrive”
- We founded the “Whatever Girls Live” Conference
- We launched the “What If” prayer challenge movement to encourage moms all over the world to pray in unison for their daughters on October 1. This movement is still going. #whatevergirlswhatifprayerchallenge
- We hosted the 2nd annual Whatever Girls Princess Ball Father Daughter Dance and Sonora Smart Dodd Father of the Year Award
We had two big (and expensive) goals for the fourth quarter of 2014:
- Website redesign
- Establishing the Whatever Girls Ministry as a non profit and registering for trademarks
We have set a $5,000 goal to accomplish both of these goals, and I am pleased to share with you that we are very close. In fact, I have been amazed at how fast God has worked. In just two weeks we have raised $3,520! We are just $1,480 shy of this goal.
Can you help us reach our goal by giving $5, $10, $15 or more?
If you’re like me, when I get emails like this I normally delete them and think to myself “someone else will give” or “they probably have tons of people donating” or “I don’t think my $5 is really going to make much of a difference.” But here’s the thing. You and I are the “someone else” and we don’t have “a ton of people donating”. And these small gifts I’m asking for really do make the difference. They add up. So far, we have raised $3,520. Can you guess how many people it took to get to that amount? Three (3). Three people gave with open and obedient hearts. If 150 friends of Whatever Girls give $10- that’s the price of three of my favorite coffee drinks- we would reach our goal.
My friend Lynn Cowell affectionately calls me Noah. She says I have faith like he did. That I am a visionary who believes God will do things I cannot see, and I go for it. Honestly? Sometimes I don’t feel like Noah. Sometimes I feel like giving up. Obedience and faith is hard and scary. But on the days when I’m at Starbucks sitting across from a mother who is drying her tears with a rough, wadded up napkin whose daughter has walked away from their family, I remember that God has called me to this. When I’m sitting across the table from a new friend and ministry coach at another coffee shop sharing about my need for more funding so I can register as a non-profit, and our conversation is interrupted because I receive a text from my Pastor telling me that someone has just sent in a $2,000 gift and my eyes fill with tears, I am reminded that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, and that my past doesn’t have to be somebody else’s future- I am reminded that God’s Word does not return void-especially the Words He has spoken over me, and that He makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I feel like Noah. I feel like I can face anything because God goes before me.
Will you, cherished friend and supporter of Whatever Girls stand with my team and me as we invest in this next generation of teen girls?
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