I want to thank those of you who’ve supported us financially this year. If you’re anything like me, you might assume that so many ministries who ask for financial support are receiving it from countless people across the country. “What real difference would my gift make anyway?”
The truth is, it would make a huge difference in our case! Let’s do the math: 50,000 women have attended our live events this year; tens-of-thousands more have used our resources in 2013 alone. And yet, the ministry of Pure Freedom and Secret Keeper Girl has had only 80 donors in 2013 — and many of those have come from within our own small team and extended family.
What that means is this: If you’re a donor, I know your name and pray for you and bless you over and over in gratitude! You make such a difference to me when you give.
Less than 1% of those who attended a live event or used our resources this year have donated financially.
We need you! Your gift of any amount is significant to us. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “God loves a cheerful giver.” If you’re considering an end-of-year donation to a charitable organization, we pray you give to us only if it brings you great joy.
Our favorite way to receive your gifts is as a monthly donor. Consider joining us in 2014 starting with your first gift in December!
My Christmas Wish List
Secret Keeper Girl’s Crazy Hair Tour stage set
Our existing stage set is too big for some churches so we need some modifications that weren’t in the budget. Here’s how it breaks down:
- $30 would pay for one black drape for behind the new pieces (need 8)
- $50 would pay for one set of metal piping for black drapes (need 8)
- $100 would pay for shipping of our new panels
- $500 would pay for the design work for Crazy Hair Tour panels
- $1,500 would pay for the printing of the Crazy Hair Tour panels
All-new And The Bride Wore White video curriculum
Here’s how your gift would help:
- $50 would pay for team lunch
- $100 would pay for camera rental
- $250 would pay for talent fees
- $500 would pay the design fees for the leader’s guide
- $5,000 would pay for the entire studio shoot
$5,000 more to raise for our January 10th Brooklyn Tabernacle inner city outreach - a free event for moms and daughters who are at the greatest risk for early sexual debut, body image issues, and depression. We have two incentives for you to give:
- $1,500 and be on our DARING DOZEN, a team of only twelve moms and daughters. I will train you in intercessory prayer and join you for prayer throughout the event on site. (Travel, accommodations and meals are at your own expense.)
A recent, in-house survey found that 38% of Christian teen girls have sent or received a sext message, 57% have viewed porn, and 73% struggle with self-image. Did you hear that? These are our Christian girls! Cream of the crop kids. And they’re struggling. Are the girls you’re ministering to struggling also?
Back by popular demand, we are offering a purity retreat package to your teen girls based on the book, And The Bride Wore White.
This book and event has a seasoned history of bringing girls from broken to beautiful. Your girls will receive comfort and affirmation from the One Love who matters most and find victory in areas of stronghold, moving into vibrant purity and confident about their image in Christ.
Our in-house survey is in line with that of large, secular research groups. But this was the most eye-opening discovery our research made: the majority of Christian teen girls do not believe they are pure and spotless before the Lord. These girls need to hear God’s truth about their worth and beauty like never before!
HEATHER BULLOCK attended a And The Bride Wore White purity retreat when she was thirteen. For over a decade, she has faithfully lived out her commitment but not without testing and a few bumps and bruises. Your teens will be riveted by her story-telling, sense of humor and relate-ability. Her beautiful story of pain and redemption can be found in Dannah’s latest book, Get Lost. You may even just recognize the cover model! (Hint-Hint)
Heather has spoken in the True Woman Teen Track and travelled nationally on the Secret Keeper Girl and Pure Freedom speaking teams. You might have seen her in the Get Lost video curriculum. She has even defended purity in front of a liberal audience at Penn State University.
She graduated summa cum laude from Lubbock Christian University (TX) in 2012 with a Bachelors of Education and a minor in English. She lives in Pennsylvania with her sweet dog, Jackson. Her passion for others to walk in purity and confidence makes her a powerful voice for today’s girls. Laughs and tears are almost always a guarantee!
This retreat has been designed with flexibiltiy in mind. Want to involve your praise team to include times of worship? No problem! A one-night event to a full-weekend retreat, we’ve got a plan for you! The schedule can be customized to best suit whatever needs you may have.
All teaching sessions are based on topics girls encounter in the book such as: debunking the myth that once you’ve made a mistake, God has no use for you, letting go of the “fake pearls” in our life, judging oneself and others, revisiting “the list” and learning what it means to be a good thing (Proverbs 18:22), and understanding our value in God’s eyes. If your teen girls could use a dose of truth and encouragement, this retreat is for them!
For more information, call Heather at 814-234-6072 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mercifully, grief comes in waves. I am thankful for the ebbing where I can gasp for breath and rest. But when the waves come they are high and filled with fury and relentless in inflicting pain no eye can see. And this is just the short course on grief. I know those who have walked through much deeper valleys.
I have lost a pet. A beloved, faithful, constant companion. Stormie. She left suddenly without warning. From the very first Secret Keeper Girl Tour script to Lies Young Women Believe to Get Lost, she was by my side for each click of the key board. I ache to hold her just one more time. It’s the emptiness that makes the waves of sadness so deep. And I find myself sinking. Do you know what it feels like to sink? Have you lost someone? Experienced an unforeseen break up? Felt the sting of betrayal? Found your life plan ripped out from under you?
You are not alone.
I’m here with you, friend.
Dannah says there is a fistfight going on between God and the Devil over our beauty. I’m sure you’ve felt it before. Maybe your insecurity is your hair; maybe your body type; maybe it’s acne… As girls, we listen to the voices of others; we covet the approval and affirmation of those around us. I know a little something about this struggle.
I’m a crowned beauty pageant winner.
And I have struggled deeply to feel beautiful.
In this week’s Get Lost video, I share briefly about it. Can I tell you what I learned on the pageant circuit?
Only God can truly inform our opinion of what is beautiful.
I recognize that many of you will have strong opinions of how these “beauty contests” objectify women. You can’t imagine a godly girl participating in such an event. I respect those opinions and would even agree with you in some cases! But let me bring you behind the scenes to look at it from a different angle: mine.
Surrounded by early sexual debut, a high rate of sexual abuse, and excessive immodesty, Fuller sensed great risk for her precious daughter’s: Zariah, Andazi, and Azariah. She wanted desperately for them to rise above the statistics of The Projects.
Her intuitions were right.
In our nation, the risk of eating disorders, depression and early sexual debut is greatest for girls of mothers living on limited income in urban settings. The median income of a single mom in The Projects of New York City is $21,000.
When Danet went to church leaders for resources on modesty and purity, they acted like she was crazy. It wasn’t that they didn’t think there was a problem, but “What could possibly be done to stop the tide of brokenness?”