3 Things You Must Tell Your Daughter About Women’s Rights…This Week

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mass-march-in-washington_650x400_81478912652Dear mothers of the world, my heart is pleading with God for your daughters! My daughters! The motherless daughters. And all the lies about their womanhood that they will face on social media THIS WEEK! I’m calling upon you to join me in fasting and prayer MARCH 8-10 for the testimony of biblical womanhood, and to have three conversations with your daughters about what they will see in the media this week. While the coming public conversation has potential to wreak havoc on a girl’s belief system when it comes to womanhood, it can also be an opportunity for us to train up the younger women entrusted to us.

60% of American’s get their news from social media, especially the younger demographic that spends about nine hours a day on social media. The good news is that we can interact with the news. The bad news is that interaction forms our beliefs. The good news is anyone can have their say. The bad news is that non-partisan, uneducated views can become distorted as balanced and true. The good news is you can see what you most want to see. The bad news is you don’t see everything you need to see to create an informed decision. (Social media uses computer algorithms to feed you information, skewing the amount of information you’ll receive about a topic based on what you post and what is trending.)
What’s going to trend this week? Women’s rights. How do I know that? The leaders of the Women’s March held in January 2017 is calling for another demonstration called “A Day Without Women” on Wednesday March 8th. Since an estimated 2.7-5 million women (depending on the source) participated globally in January, we can assume a potential gain in participation, and much of this protest is going to happen online. Here are three conversations you should have with your daughter THIS WEEK!

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The Beautiful Miracle of God Hearing The Prayers of A Mom [VIDEO]

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dsc_7319Meet Danet.

Originally from the beautiful island of Belize, she found herself living in the projects of The Bronx. Her hometown wasn’t full of multimillion dollar homes, but she had a yard and a fence and kids could play outside. Coming to New York, she lived ten floors up in the air with security bars on the windows. The elevators were full with the dirt and the pee. She literally had to escort her little girls to the park. And they couldn’t play beyond a certain time.

The highest risk of raising daughters in The Bronx, besides the influence of drugs and alcohol, is the promiscuous lifestyle. Danet made up her mind that she was going to hold on to Proverbs 22:6 and wasn’t gonna let it go because “my children were not going to be teenage vagabonds.” And that became her mission, but she could not believe what God asked her to do when she began praying that verse out loud.

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Is This Coincidence or God’s Mighty, Meticulous Hand?

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marleneMeet Marlene.

The story she has unfolded in my life is either one coincidence after another or the mighty, meticulous hand of God. Several years ago, she wrote me a letter inviting me to come to the Dominican Republic. I politely declined, explaining that at the time our ministry calling was to the United States. But Marlene refused to give up. Letter after letter, she insisted that the Lord had healing for her land through Pure Freedom and Secret Keeper Girl.

According to the United Nations, the rate of teen pregnancy in the country of the Dominican Republic is double the world average–105 out of every 1,000. Marlene would not settle for the brokenness she saw around her.

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Celebrities Before & After Photoshop (PG Version) For Moms & Daughters

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a9f95b5a99bf2932989648b7d3fd0d8cWho doesn’t like to see a good “celebrities without make up” photo? Our catty-inner-mean-girl aside, it’s actually a good thing to see the reality of magazine cover “beauty.” Countless surveys reveal that looking at these picture-perfect images impacts what we believe about our own beauty. (And it’s not making us feel great!) The younger you are, the more likely you are to believe that you can never be beautiful because the standard is so pore-free, zit-free, full-head-of-hair flawless! I’d love to see every mom sit down with her daughters and look at just how big the lies are that these photos tell. But so many times those links you click are full of sensual poses and topless women. For every mom out there who wants to show their daughter the lie but not the porn, I’ve created a collection of six telling images just for you. (Seven if you count the perfected photo of Katy Perry to the left.)

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Is Your Child Overscheduled?

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untitled-design-3‘Tis the season for soul-bending schedules that have moms everywhere asking, “Am I over-scheduling my kids?” It seems every year…scratch that…every season, my family was struggling with the question of “how much is too much?” From my oldest’s first year of AWANA Cubbies and Boy Scouts to my youngest’s last year of high school soccer and basketball, the Gresh family was trying its best to find balance that still created space for the kind of quality parent-child connecting that we so firmly believe is important. When it comes to extra-curricular activities, there is a lot of social pressure from other moms and a lot of debate from medical and psychological experts on just how much soccer, piano, and clubbing is good for our kids.

How is a mom to know what’s right for her children? Scratch that! How’s a mom to know what’s right for each individual child?

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How To Kickstart Your Prayer Life In One Hour

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30236-praying-prayer-womanpraying-sad-crying-1200w-tnIf you’re like most Christian moms, you’re committed to praying for your children, but the truth is you struggle to find time to do it and stay motivated. So do I, that’s exactly why I hosted the “How To Kickstart Your Prayer Life In One Hour” livestream. And I can promise you that unless you are not breathing, it’ll push the re-set button on your prayer life. At least, it did mine.

Experience powerful words of advice and prayer by FamilyLife Today’s Barbara Rainey, Hearts At Home’s Jill Savage, Moms In Prayer International’s Sally Burke, and Author Wynter Evans Pitts, and myself. At the end of just one hour hour you’ll be resourced and encouraged in prayer. Watch it FREE here:

 

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Do The Lyrics Really Matter?

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Girl-headphoneDo the lyrics really matter? Months ago, I was appalled by a viral video of a sweet little tween girl sitting in the front seat of a car with her brother driving. Suddenly, Rihanna’s Work—wrought with explicit lyrics that are barely understandable—came onto the radio. This precious little girl jumped into the backseat and starting twerking like a stripper. My heart just broke!

Twerking in the back seat isn’t the only risk of inappropriate music lyrics and role models. A two year study by the American Psychological Association titled “The Sexualization of Girls” clearly linked music lyrics and the marketing associated with the songs to age compression in tweens resulting in eating disorders, body image issues, and depression when they are teens. The lyrics matter!

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Is Princess Culture Damaging Young Girls?

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iStock_000013517498XSmallLast week, The Washington Post reported on new research revealing that the “princess culture” is damaging young girls. Is it? (My team has been researching the concept of “princess culture” for about nine months preparing for a new Secret Keeper Girl tour and I might have a different take on things than the many hyped-up headlines.) While modern princesses like Elsa, Merida, and Rapunzel have been applauded for breaking stereotypes, the overriding impact of a slow and steady stream of physically perfect female lead roles awaiting their prince is accused of doing measurable damage. The study, a first measuring social science data on the impact of “princess culture” reveals three specific concerns.

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Apply For A Secret Keeper Girl Internship With Dannah Gresh!

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Here’s the thing. We don’t have “interns” at Pure Freedom.

Event speakers, content writers, social media specialists, web designers, road managers, and administrative professionals, yes…but no interns. Interns follow orders and get coffee. We think there are more important and creative things to be done! So although we may send you on the occasional Starbucks run, we think your time here is better spent in other ways. Like ministering to thousands of tween girls at a Secret Keeper Girl live event, creating the latest social media graphic, coordinating a photo shoot for Dannah’s latest book, devising new strategies for reaching at-risk girls, or praying with your team members as you grow in humility and service.

It might not look like it, but we’re actually a tiny team with a tiny office in State College, Pennsylvania, and interns are an integral part of our ministry. You might share a desk with your co-worker. Or sleep on a bunk in a tour bus. We can’t afford to pay you much, even though you’ll work just as hard as our full-time team members. And there’s no job too big or too small—you could be speaking to an audience of 400-1,500 or restocking the toilet paper in our bathroom. (Or both in the same day.) All that said, we still think it’s pretty much THE best year you’ll ever have working hard, digging deeply into God’s word, and sharing Truth with others.

What do you get out of it? We have a relational mentoring program whereby our interns are given an opportunity to learn about women’s and children’s ministry and then do it. Our model isn’t perfect, but our community is special.

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Twice annual prayer summits lead you in the work on your own heart. Daily devos on event days prepare you and teach you that your primary work is PRAYER (not teaching or managing or writing or cleaning). Dannah Gresh is personally involved with you.

If you’re interested, here’s what you need to know:


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THESE INTERNSHIPS!

Secret Keeper Girl Live! Worship Team Member

17017162_10154511865042476_3557805192412766782_oHit the road with our Secret Keeper Girl LIVE Tour, stopping in 40+ cities each season/semester. The number one quality we are looking for in this intern is an authentic, growing relationship with Christ. You don’t have to be perfect. We’re not. We’ll work on that together, but you can’t fake a relationship with Jesus. It is out of that power that you can minister on stage. It goes without saying that you must have a high-energy personality and dynamic speaking/ interpersonal skills since you’ll present and lead worship for audiences of up to 1,500 with our mother/daughter event designed to teach tween girls about true beauty and modesty. Strong vocals are a must with some experience performing live. It’s a team effort when it comes to show load-in and set-up (including lots of balloons!), memorizing the script and keeping it fresh, managing prop inventory, assisting with merchandise sales, speaking and/or monitoring backstage, interacting with audience members, maintaining healthy relationships with the road team, and completing special projects assigned by Dannah. Check out a promo video of one of our events here to see what stage ministry looks like. This is generally a ten month internship starting August 1st and running through May with some training in July preceding your time with us. But sometimes we accept an intern for just one semester. (Often you can get college credit for it!) Having your own vehicle/transportation for when in the State College area is a plus.

WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOK FOR TWO TEN MONTH INTERNS STARTING AUGUST 1, 2017.

To apply to be a Secret Keeper Girl LIVE! Worship Team Member, send the following to aaron@purefreedom.org

by April 10, 2017:

Pure Freedom Administrative Team

17015820_10154511719892476_8867537902631329775_oDo you love behind the scenes work and serving? Eager to be a part of a dynamic team? Do you want to grow in your business skills while supporting a dynamic ministry vision? Cozy up into a host home that we think will bless your socks off, be a part of the development of upcoming tours, manage the bookstore and shipping and customer care, and be on deck to head out with the team for especially high volume tour weekends. There is no telling what you’ll do in this exciting administrative role. Skills include being proficient with a computer and basic programs such as data base entry and word processing programs. This is a 6 month minimum internship managed by our office administrator Eileen King. Dannah is involved in some personal discipleship. Having your own vehicle/transportation for when in the State College area is a requirement.

To apply to be on the Pure Freedom Administrative Team, send the following to eileen@purefreedom.org by April 10, 2017:

Part-time Pura Libertad Administrative Team

Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic is a holy ground where Christ has been actively at work since the creation of the world. Nestled in a tropical rainforest climate, the valley is known for its recreational beauty and fertility. Strawberries, coffee, pimento and aji peppers are agricultural gold. Waterfalls, rivers, and cool mountains are treasures of tourism. However, a poverty of marriage, absent fathers, and young teen pregnancy compromise the future of this magnificent town.

Because God designed family and it is the main building block of society, Pura Libertad exists to resource leaders for family advocacy. Through an asset assessment of leadership and organizations already in this thriving community, we seek to accelerate their leadership capabilities through collaboration and education. Pura Libertad will provide mentorship to a limited number of approved applicants in our Leader Acceleration Program for individuals and organizations who desire to collaborate with others to:

• Reduce the number of out-of-wedlock and teen pregnancies
• Increase the number of marriages
• Increase sufficient father involvement

IMG_5655We are currently seeking an administrative team intern to serve as we continue the launch of this work. (Our little team is comprised of Bob and Dannah Gresh, Marlene Luna, and one volunteer. See us at the left. We need you!) It would be ideal for our intern to be bi-lingual (English/Spanish), be familiar with Jarabacoa/Dominican Republic, and have a love for the issue of sexual theology and healing. Skills include being proficient with a computer and basic programs such as data base entry and word processing programs. Being able to translate curriculum and books is a big plus. Eager to learn and grow in the psychology of community change and sexual healing is a big plus. Travel to and from the Dominican Republic will be required. We are requesting a one year internship beginning December 2017 with one month in Jarabacoa prior to arriving in State College.

This is a part-time internship requiring about 20 hours a week, so it is possible to be creative with the other time including classes at Penn State University (you organize and fund) or another part-time internship with our team which could include Pure Freedom administrative internship, Secret Keeper Girl social media internship, and other creative options (we organize with you). You’ll be responsible for travel to and from State College at the beginning and end of your internship, but all expenses for travel during your internship will be taken care of by us! Being able to provide your own transportation while in State College is a plus.

To apply to be on the Pura Libertad Administrative Team, send the following to eileen@purefreedom.org by April 10, 2017:


Intern Testimonials

“Being a Pure Freedom intern was an incredible experience. Not only was it stretching in the natural {ie. Doing things I had never done before!} but it also stretched me spiritually in my relationship with God.”

“At first I wasn’t all that excited about ministering to 8-12 year old girls because I thought, ‘they’re too young’ but did that ever change after the FIRST SKG event we did! I remember watching the moms and daughters in the crowd that night holding each other, crying and experiencing the healing power of God’s Word as we shared with them that they were ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’

Everything changed for me the first night I was a part of the ministry team for Secret Keeper Girl. I encountered the power of the Word in a NEW way and also saw the power of His love washing over these young girls and their moms in such a way I had never seen before.

Everything about this internship was amazing. I learned so much about myself and Jesus and I received training/wisdom that I will use for the rest of my life. I loved connecting with Dannah and the team throughout our training/prep weeks and I loved being on the road during tour. Relationships were built that impacted my life in rich ways.”

I would highly recommend Pure Freedom’s internship program to anyone hungry for MORE. This internship rocked my world and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it! You can too — don’t miss out!”         – Jen (Wilton) Dean


“The impact Dannah Gresh and her ministry Pure Freedom/Secret Keeper Girl had on my life was instrumental. Praise God for the work He is doing around the world because of this ministry.”

How do I even start to sum up my time with Dannah Gresh and her Secret Keeper Girl team?  I will forever remember my first weekend in State College, PA when Dannah invited me over for the afternoon for some mentoring time.  It was those times with Dannah that I looked forward to most because I learned so much from her, her walk with God and the call He put on her life.  She encouraged me to pray and ask God to show me my spiritual gifts and what his desire was for me in ministry.  Those 3 months directed me towards what I would be doing for the rest of my life.

I loved being with all the mothers and daughters and becoming a small part of their growth in the Lord.  Night after night, set-up after set-up, show after show, God never ceased to amaze me in the way He went before our team and prepared the hearts of the young girls and their mothers.  What an amazing ministry to be a part of.

After my SKG internship, the desire to reach out to young girls and their mothers about purity and modesty and their value in God’s eyes did not stop.  I started an SKG class at my church and was able to see Dannah’s material come alive again in those girl’s lives.  But God didn’t stop there!  He is now using this passion and heart for young girls and their mothers to drive me to work in Thailand and Bolivia to see children around the world protected from ever entering or being forced into the sex-trade.

The impact Dannah Gresh and her ministry Pure Freedom/Secret Keeper Girl had on my life was instrumental.  God is at the heart of this ministry and I would encourage you to join God on His mission in protecting and preserving these young girls! -Cali (Galloway) Ledger

 

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#3 Sexual Myth: “Teaching Modesty Promotes Rape Culture”

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Argentina-protest-620x371“Get your rosaries out of our ovaries,” chanted a group of topless feminists as they sexually assaulted and spray painted Catholic men who were peacefully praying outside of a cathedral in Argentina. When I first heard about it, I thought “Yeah, right! The religious right has found another story to exaggerate, dividing the lost from the saving grace of our Lord.”

Then, I saw the video footage.

Before I show it to you, I want to carefully navigate through another sexual myth because I believe the video footage is the logical conclusion if we allow this myth to become rooted.

Myth #3: Teaching Modesty Promotes Rape Culture.

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