Girls’ Ministries is celebrating a milestone. It was 70 years ago, in 1946, that the fairly new IPHC Women’s Ministries launched a ministry to girls. Because of their vision, countless girls have been mentored by godly, caring women over the past seven decades.
Our birthday celebration that will span the coming months will be based on the praise concept of Psalm 145. Verses 4-7 are a fitting synopsis as to why we have chosen to celebrate all year long! “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty–and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works–and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
For 70 years, women from several generations have been passing on their knowledge of Jesus Christ and girls have responded. As we celebrate throughout 2016, we will do so using what I have termed the “Four Rs of Celebration:” 1) Reflect, 2) Reveal, 3) Reaffirm, and 4) Reignite.
Over the course of the next month, we will reflect on our past and give honor to some key ladies who have brought us to where we are today. Throughout the year, we will ask you to help us honor those national GM leaders still living. Beginning in May we move into the “reveal” stage as Discipleship Ministries kicks off the first of six regional Family Ministry Conferences on April 30. The national GM leadership, will reaffirm our commitment to provide and resource the conference and local Girls’ Ministries leadership. Our challenge to every person involved will be to ask God to reignite our passion for winning girls to Jesus Christ.
When a birthday rolls around, the tradition is generally to give birthday gifts to the birthday girl or boy. In our case this year, we are challenging you as leaders to reverse that trend in keeping with our theme for the 2015-2016 school year. For Girls’ Ministries week last September, we asked you to teach the girls about the various unconditional gifts that God offers us. Now, let’s turn the tables. Help the girls explore the many different ways they can give unconditional gifts to others. We challenge you to find a way to do that each month for the rest of the year. We will make some occasional suggestions along the way on our website and Facebook and Pinterest pages. For birthday logos, a historical timeline of Girls' Ministries, ideas, and other downloads, we invite you to click here to visit our page dedicated to our birthday celebration.
God gave His Son so that we might have eternal life. Scores of IPHC ladies have given of their time, energy, and resources over the past seven decades to mold the ministry we have today. You, as the current leaders, are continuing that tradition. Our prayer is that it will be with a greater sense of urgency and with a passion that has been reignited by God Himself!