Last night was our final night of 3D Girls until the fall. This has been the first weekly program that our church plant has ever run and it was a smashing success. We had 12-15 girls come every week, most of them who don't go to church. They have really grown and learned some new things this year.
I had the girls share things they have learned this last year and here are some of their replies.
"We learned to not be selfish."
"That we only need to believe in Jesus to go to heaven."
"To include others."
"We learned how to pray."
"To welcome people to our church."
Some of them started the year very shy and were able to step out of their comfort zone and perform in front of people.
Some came in wanting to just hang with their friends and they learned to include other girls who were of all ages.
Some became much more self-confident.
One of the neatest experiences that Jenna (my co-leader) and I had was to see a tangible expression of their spiritual growth. Around the second month, I had the girls break up into small groups to pray together and hardly any of them would pray. They were embarrassed, shy and didn't know what to say. Two weeks ago, they were all sharing their prayer requests during prayer time and I made a comment about not being able to remember them all because there were so many. One of the girls said, "Why don't we just pray around the circle." Every single one of those girls prayed without hesitation.
What an awesome prayer time that was! So even though it's nice to have a break for the summer, I'm going to miss these little faces and look forward to seeing them again in September.