GRAPEVINE, Texas – Senior Hannah Holt wanted Faith students to become more familiar with their Bibles, so she started 31, a new women’s ministry at Faith, to remedy the problem she saw. “Last year, in March, I stayed after class and talked to Mr. Browning, and I was upset because he asked questions to test our Bible knowledge in class, and no one knew the answers,” Holt said.
After talking with Mr. Jon Brooks, Dr. Jeff Potts, and Dr. Ed Smith, Holt had a plan for her vision of 31. “I went to Mr. Brooks and asked, ‘What would a women’s ministry look like at Faith? I just got back from Pink Impact, and it’s incredible. What would that look like for Faith and for the girls?’” said Holt. She consulted with multiple female teachers on what would be the best way to engage with the students.
“Being a senior this year, I felt like I had the power to change something, and we are always told as students, ‘Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young,” so I wanted to make a difference in our school,” Holt said. “This is the first time this has happened to me. I couldn’t really explain it; I could only call it a God moment. I felt like God really placed it on my heart to do something about it.”
Holt believed that chapels were not going to accomplish what she wanted for her fellow female students. “Whenever you put us in chapel together the girl-guy attraction thing makes us not want to step up as much. We aren’t growing together as girls, aren’t growing together as a sisterhood in Christ,” she said.
31 got off to a good start at orientation in August. The girls sold a good number of T-shirts there, but are waiting to really kick off the program at High School Retreat during senior share time. They plan to have their first chapel where guys and girls are separated chapel on October 17 and have “an awesome guest speaker coming,” though Holt refused to reveal who it would be.
“We just have a lot of events going on,” Holt said. In addition to Bible studies at girls’ houses, 31 would like to host a Sadie Hawkins dance, a lock-in, and two nights of worship. “We will also have one service project per semester for girls to sign up for if they want to work with girls at a local mission to get their service hours,” she said.
31’s verse is Proverbs 31:25 and it ends with “she can laugh without fear of the future.” Holt said the goal of 31 is to empower the girls at Faith to be fearlessly free in Christ. “It means we can be whoever we want to be in Christ.”
Girls can get involved by attending the events that 31 hosts and by stepping into leadership positions. Holt said, “We are looking to have junior girls step up to be the next leader and the next group in charge, and we already have some things scheduled for next year.”
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