From Wheaton College!

Hi all! What a marathon I have had! Thursday of last week I trekked from Syracuse, Indiana to Washington D.C. I was part of adult conference there and able to celebrate Women of Grace’s 75th anniversary with them as well as had the opportunity to see Janet Minnix honored for her 17 years of service as the Women of Grace President. I then traveled to York, PA Friday night to pick up Jen Lepore who is now representing SMM with me here at Momentum in Wheaton, Il. Saturday Morning I had the opportunity to share with and encourage some dear women in York, PA who are working with women and girls in the church. Our time together reinforced to me how important it is that women in ministry, especially those ministering to girls have connection with one another. The chance to share with these ladies about the direction of SMM as well as the opportunity to share ideas and encouragement with them was such a blessing.

Here at Momentum (we drove in and arrived Tuesday afternoon) we have had great conversation so far and have had many girls stop in at our table. The need is great in the hearts and lives of teen girls and I’m excited to see how God can use SMM to meet this need. Please pray for us as we continue to make connection with these girls and women. Please pray as we have dinner discussions Wednesday, Thursday and Friday that we would facilitate these well and that we would be able to connect with the hearts and concerns of both the women and the girls attending this week. Please also pray for the Power Trax session I will be sharing on Friday. This will specifically focus mentoring and why it is important and what it can look like.

This has been such an exciting summer, but I am getting a bit weary please pray for endurance!!

Love to you All!!
Nicole

Abundant Blessings!

I have felt so blessed this last week. I have had many opportunities to be reminded of my heart and the passion which God has placed in me. Today, at church, the pastor spoke on the fight to men specifically and last week about the difficulties we face as women. I love when the Church has the chance to hear how the Enemy specifically attacks our genders and how God has prepared us for this fight!

Women of Grace USA held a Leadership Studies class on equipping others for ministry the weekend of April 26th. I had the awesome opportunity to connect with women who are like minded and that God has called to ministry, the conversations that took place during this weekend were just amazing and God was in it!

This past Friday I had the chance to attend a Marked Moment at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana in which I got to connect with women, hear other’s stories and worship together! Thursday was the final day of our 2013-2014 SMM at Jefferson Elementary and while I will miss my volunteers and girls I am so thankful for the time I had with them this year and cannot wait for another year in 2014-2015. God is good and He is moving in the SMM ministry!!

Thank you for your prayers and for supporting SMM!

Stones of Rememberance

The waters were surging rapidly. The men who carried the Ark of the Covenant stepped forward, placing their feet into the raging waters. All at once the waters parted to each side, standing high to reveal dry land. The priests carried the Ark across, as the rest of the Israelites crossed, too. Once across, Joshua commanded the men to place 12 stones upon the place where they would lodge so that “when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.”
 
I have had the opportunity to share with groups of people about the journey God has brought me on in SMM. Ten years ago God began calling me to this ministry, and it has been a process of following His guidance ever since. As I had the chance to recount His work in my life and this ministry, it was as if I was placing my own stones of remembrance. Talking about the ways that God has worked in my life and ministry is a reminder that this ministry is His.

 

I encourage you to take some time to recount, either out loud or in writing, all that God has done in your life and your ministry. 

 

Taking time to remember all God has done is no small thing. 

The Holi-daze!!!!

The holidays seem to go faster and faster each year. I’m not sure if this is because holiday decorations begin selling in stores directly after Halloween or simply because as we get older, life seems to move more rapidly. Whatever the reason, I find myself praying to see God in the midst of the pace of this season. It is wonderful to see family and visit with them. It is great to celebrate the wonderful time of year but sometimes when it finally slows down and I’m sitting quietly alone, I wonder, “God, is this really how you want me to celebrate this season?”

Now maybe you are not like at all me and you have no trouble slowing down and being thankful and thinking of Christ’s birth in the midst of the busyness, and if you are I congratulate you! Well done! If not take some time, sit in stillness, rest in His peace. 

Daughters of the King

We had the great privilege this week to host a dinner event during CE National’s Momentum week! We had over 100 girls and women attend this event on Thursday evening July 18th. We had a wonderful time celebrating 100 years of God’s ministering to the hearts of girl’s through the SMM ministry. Indiana Wesleyan’s staff was fantastic and helped us tie together all the details for our event! The Cake Lady of North Webster Indiana provided a beautiful Cake! Marie Owen of Marion provided a fantastic give-away for 10 lucky women and girls as well as a foot spa night for the ladies who worked hard to make this event possible! Anita Baughman, Rachel Zachardy, Viki Rife, Chery Boehm and Vonetta Carter each were part of our steering committee leading up to this event! God opened many doors for us leading up to this event. Many women and girls were able to hear God’s truth about being His Daughters and we were able to celebrate 100 years of SMM ministry with them!! God is good and it is great to be His daughter! Thank you to all those who give financially and prayerfully to this ministry!

Mission Field: The hearts of teenage girls

I was recently sharing with someone about how sometimes people don’t get the mission of Girls of Faith. It is a difficult concept to grasp if you have never had a daughter, been a teenage girl or watched someone go through the difficulty of the adolescent transition in the life of a girl. However, as I was sharing my passion with this person I said: ministering to girls is like walking into a different culture.Teenage girls have a certain way they talk and interact. They have their own language and set of cultural rules. Ministering to girls is sometimes as foreign as ministering to a different people group and it is an equally important mission field. It is during the teenage years that girls have a great chance to be lead astray. It is during the teenage years that there is room to speak truth into their hearts. Please join with me in prayer as I continue to cast the vision of ministering to the hearts of girls!