Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Princess Club: The Teen Years

As anyone who has been down here knows, there are a whole ton of dudes that are a part of our fellowship. Pipo, Randall, Kevin, Nanis, Dago, David, Tito, Kliber, Jason, etc., etc. Teams get to know these guys and work alongside them for a variety of projects and ministries. Fewer, though, are the names of the dudettes. 

In the history of the ministry here, when Rodney and Cindy first came to work in Anonos, the teen girls were very much a part of the daily ministry here. They even had their own group that met with a woman, Rosa, once a week. However long before I came down, something happened and the girls were scattered.

Monica and her 2-month-old, Leidy
The teenage girl group here has been relatively untouched. They are a hard group to break into. They keep to themselves and, as with any community, have their pre-established cliques. The majority of them become pregnant between 14- and 16-years-old and become sequestered into the life of motherhood. 

We as a church are working hard to regain the territory that has been lost. Last year I started a teenage Princess Club during their school break. It worked very well and had about 20 girls that were involved. With the return of school, though, it was hard to find a time when everyone could meet. In spite of that, about 5 girls have braved the strange, often smelly frontier that is the male-dominated youth group at Viña Anonos.

In an effort to draw even more girls in, the Manchester team planned an ice cream social. A meet-and-greet with the sole purpose of inviting the girls in. Next week we are going to have a pizza party and have a panel discussion about relationships. The hope is to get these girls connected to one another, to form friendships and a support network, to help them meet Jesus in a new, fresh way, and to break down the barriers that keep them from connecting into the church community. Please join with us in prayer as we reach out and draw in these beautiful princesses. 

Jendry and her son, Neytan

Tutis and Rachel may have gotten a BIT carried away with the whipped cream....

Girls just wanna have fun!!!

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