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By Linda Weddle
“Our mentoring group,” says Alynn Johnson, “is an opportunity to laugh and learn from strong Christian women about how to love the woman God has called me to be as a wife, mother, friend, and child of His!”
Alynn, one of the younger women who is benefitting from her relationship with a Heart2Heart mentor adds, “The yummy recipes and ideas for hosting—some of which I used just this weekend—as well as ‘tricks of the trade’ for cleaning, getting organized, raising children, being a helpful partner to my husband, are an added bonus.”
Whether it’s about baking a tasty dessert, discussing parenting issues, reading a book together, or learning organizing tips, the goal of Heart2Heart is to encourage young women to go about their daily lives with a right perspective on all they do.
A New Testament Model
The older women in the Heart2Heart mentoring ministry define their roles by what they find in Titus 2:3–5:
Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live. . . . Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
They are passionate about “doing life” with younger women—sharing real-life experiences, struggles, and wisdom, encouraging them and praying with them and for them—with the goal of helping them become women of strong faith and committed followers of Jesus Christ
Their motivation comes from Paul’s words, above, which provide an outline for their ministry. They also point to Proverbs 31 and its description of a godly woman.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. —Proverbs 31:30
Sometimes the older women don’t have the answers. They may not know how to can peaches or make strained-carrot baby food. Sometimes the projects the women do together don’t even turn out well—like the chocolate-and-peanut-butter dessert that spilled over the pan and filled the kitchen with smoke. But that’s okay, because even searching for information on those hard-to-answer questions or having a just-right recipe turn out wrong can be fun when you’re with friends.
Heart2Heart does not try to take the place of the women’s Bible studies offered at the church, even though the ministry is built on and infused with a biblical perspective. Nor is the program a counseling service. (If a woman faces difficult issues, Heart2Heart leadership will refer her to a skilled counselor.)
Sandy Goetz, one of the group leaders, has found that being part of the ministry helps the older women as much as it does the younger women as they learn from and encourage one another.
All women are invited to be part of the group, whether they’re married or single, young or old. They are welcome to come and learn more about becoming the women God desires them to be.