A mom sent me a facebook note asking how she and her teenage daughter could possible plan a Daring Daughter event in their area. I wrote my answer in a message, but thought I would copy it here to perhaps spark some creative juices for you as well.
First of all, realize that if you’d like to do something for Daring Daughters, you totally can do it. It doesn’t have to cost any money. It doesn’t have to involve airfare or traveling expenses. You don’t have to live in big city or go to a big church or have a big budget. It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you’ve been a Christian.
If you’re a woman or a teenage girl who loves God, or perhaps a mom-and-daughter-combo, or you’re a college girl with a heart for the next generation, or perhaps someone with a pent-up-passion for local and global missions (or some particular world need) . . . just step out and DO SOMETHING about it.
Do you have a specific idea on your heart?
Or would you and your teenage daughter like to plan a Daring Daughter event?
Here are a few ideas to get you started…
START BY BEGINNING OUR E-COURSE
You could begin by going through our FREE Daring Daughter e-course (with online audios, action-pack downloads, and archives from our group coaching sessions). Currently, we have 7 e-course lessons + a bonus goal-setting workshop.
Or YOU could plan and lead a DARING DAUGHTERS event on your own. It doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t have to cost money. Here are a few ideas…
1.) Plan a GIRLS NIGHT OUT with your daughter and a few of your friends, perhaps other mothers-and-teenage-daughters, or with ladies in your sphere of influence (from your church, school, homeschool group, or friends). Stir a heart for local and global missions, share something on your heart (I could give you some simple ideas — such as reading this powerful excerpt from Amy Carmichael.)
Invite friends, just like you would to a baby/bridal shower or to a birthday party. Or, if you would like to officially connect with Daring Daughters, use EVENTBRITE and announce your event via facebook and the internet — FREE events don’t cost anything to promote or to make tickets. If you use the Daring Daughters name, just add a comment or link to keep us all in-the-loop!
Maybe worship together — with Hosanna’s “break my heart for what breaks Yours…” by Hillsong — and invite each woman or girl to share a specific NEED in the world that grips their heart more than others — or sing a simple rendition of AMAZING GRACE and ask each lady to share ONE THING that God has called her to do, in which she definitely needs God’s amazing grace.
RECOMMEND A MISSION-BOOK
Or share about a mission book you like — such as Kisses from Katie, Radical, The Mission-Minded Family, The Scarlet Cord — Window on the World, Operation World, or a mission bio (The Mission-Minded Child has several 2-minute “missionary monologues” to present in simple dramatic form, such as one about Amy Carmichael).
INVITE A DARING MISSIONARY
You could invite someone who is involved in helping love and serve people in one way or another (perhaps someone serving at a local crisis pregnancy center, maybe someone who helps the poor, or who has adopted a child, or someone you know who has gone on a mission trip) and have them share their story and their passion for missions.
End with a prayer by missionary Betty Scott Stam (about surrendering everything to the Lord), and distribute stickers with this prayer for each girl/lady to sign and date and to put in their Bible or journal. Pray for each other. (Note: Betty Scott Stam was a missionary to China during the Great Depression, amid Communist uprisings. She and her husband John were martyred for their faith.)
Lord, I give up
All my own plans and purposes,
All my own desires and hopes, and accept
Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all, utterly to Thee
To be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt. Send me where Thou wilt.
Work out Thy whole will in my life
At any cost. Now and forever.
— Betty Scott Stam (1906-1934)
2.) DARING DAUGHTER TEA PARTY — Do the same sort of mission-themed ideas (see above), with a Tea Party. It’s kind of a frilly idea for sharing a rugged mission-vision, but it’s something that most women and churches understand and know how to do.
It’s simply a party . . . and you’re going to add the theme, that living for Jesus is not just about being pampered princesses, but reaching out to love others who are hurting. You could have moms and daughters sign up to decorate a table with fancy china (each with a unique international theme, such as East African, Middle-Eastern, or Asian). Perhaps have ladies bring gifts (like at a shower or birthday party) to give to a local crisis pregnancy center or to the poor. Invite a local Daring Missionary to speak from her heart.
3.) DARING DAUGHTER MISSION-MEAL NIGHT — Or do the same sort of idea with an international-themed co-op meal or snacks (such as a taco-bar, with everyone bringing one ingredient, or simply a Mexican-style or Italian-style pot-luck). Or have everyone bring some sort of an international snack and provide labels for people to write the name of the nation where their dish is from.
4.) DARING DAUGHTER PRAYER-NIGHT — Or forget the food and simply gather together for a NIGHT OF PRAYER FOR THE NATIONS. Refer to a missions book like Operation World or Window on the World and/or current world news from the internet or from a missionary newsletter and simply PRAY. Stir a passion for missions. Add a song about loving the Lord and the nations. Keep it simple. Pray hard.
5.) PLAN A DARING DAUGHTERS “SPECIAL” MEETING — Follow the Daring Daughter event ideas, but make it more “official” by having it at a CHURCH, SCHOOL, or some VENUE (community center, gym, conference/retreat center, or meeting room).
6.) DARING DAUGHTER MOVIE NIGHT — Or have a Daring Daughter movie night, and show a movie such as Inn of the Sixth Happiness (about missionary to China, Gladys Aylward) or October Baby (pro-life theme).
7.) CHECK OUT OUR SPEAKING INFO . . . Or if you’re interested, maybe think about planning an official event where I (Ann) could come and lead the vision that’s on your heart (such as a retreat, tea, luncheon, or one-day conference). Come check out what we’re doing: see Speaking Info and Events.
Brainstorm with your daughter or mom or with a friend . . . and let me know if there is any way that I could serve you to help stir up a passion for God’s Great Commission, locally and globally, in your area.
Just PRAY, and ask God if there is something He would want for you to do.
And like Nike says . . .
Just do it.
Let us know if you’re planning something and we’ll try to help you to promote it. Or write a blog post highlighting your upcoming event and link up through a comment to this post. During your event, take a few photos or make a simple youtube video (perhaps with some personal testimonies) and share what God is stirring in the hearts of daring daughters in your area. Let’s build some momentum.
Just do it!