We had a great time this past Sunday! Not only did we have fabulous food, but also made real fresh water pearl necklaces! Each girl received one large pearl, and a length of leather lace to make her own, made to fit, choker/necklace. As part of the devotional we used the parable of the Pearl of Great Price comparing the girls to the valuable pearl that Jesus gave all He had to purchase. I purchased a real oyster from Amazon and used it as an object lesson illustrating the true value of any person is hidden inside. The outside may not give a hint to the treasure inside but God sees us as we really are and Jesus was willing to die to purchase us. When we opened the oyster we found 25 small pearls of different kinds. None were perfect just as we are not perfect. We showed them pictures of mother of pearl as well as pieces of jewelry made from it.
We explained that pearls are created because of an irritation that entered the oyster. As we learn to overcome irritations we become beautiful people of greater character. The girls were so excited to open the oyster and pull out the pearls! Each girl was able to keep one pearl as well as her necklace. We had so much fun! And the best part is I think they really got the fact that Jesus considered them worth the price He paid to save them. Thanks to all the ladies who baked and came to help!
April is a month of promise, of Spring just around the corner, of new life coming forth, bringing us out of cold weather and bleak landscapes into a warmth in the breezes, and a time of refreshing… Refreshing that finally relieves the stress of a long or harsh winter.
And this is what Brenda and daughter Mindy spoke about to our precious young ladies…Stress. Brenda has a soothing, comforting voice, just perfect to tell others about how she handles stress. Mindy has a vivacious refreshing personality and her input was very valuable. Brenda began by giving four points to help deal with stress:
1. Give all your worries and stress to God
2. Pray-God doesn’t always remove the problems but He strengthens us to go through them.
3. Be quiet inside, find a quiet place in the middle of turmoil. Real stress is not what is going on around us, but is more about what’s going on inside us.
4. Quickly forgive. Being easily offended can keep you stressed. Jesus said on the cross “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”, and if He could forgive them during that terribly stressful time, we can surely forgive the people in our lives.
Brenda and Mindy then taught the girls to make Stress Balls, using colorful balloons and flour. Such a fun time!
Carolyn then set out the Bingo game cards and we all had a super happy time as first Mindy and then Ashleigh called out the numbers, and the girls “stressed” in a really fun way, competing to be the first to loudly shout “BINGO”, and to win a prize!
The best prize of the day was to see their stress melt away in a friendly and joyfully rowdy, happy time! What a blessing and honor to have been participants in this good time! We are looking forward to May’s event!
Our March event was our first gathering with an additional home at Canopy Children’s Solution‘s. We were delighted to include a second house which increased our number of children from 10 to 28. Because there will always be girls on a pass and some on restriction, as well as, the constant flow of girls arriving and departing, It is never going to be possible to know the exact number of girls who will participate. Still what a blessing it is for us to speak into their lives. Rose Ellen, one of our Chicktime co-leaders, organized the day! She coached the girls into making beautiful sun catchers. Her testimony and encouragement was truly inspirational. Serveral of our ladies made delicious desserts and many girls voiced their hardy approval. One of the girls said, “You Gandmas can really cook!”. A genuine compliment if ever we heard one. Of course, our group is made up of ladies from all backgrounds, ethnic groups and ages. Fourteen ladies came together for this event and were amazingly encouraging, as well as helpful serving and assisting with the craft. Our time there was very special, a memorable day for us and the girls. Thanks to all who participated and to the staff at Canopy for their wonderful support
Testimonies from our own lives can be so very powerful, and the testimony given by Judith to our precious young ladies had them quietly listening closely. It also had several of us Chicktime ladies teary-eyed….and yet so blessed. Judith’s lovely daughter, Hannah, sweetly and gently read Psalm 149, from the beautiful Message Translation. The quiet room suddenly, bust into a flurry of activity as Judith handed out sewing materials. The fabric… was a brightly colored cloth with various hearts. Each girl was provided a needle and thread and we Chicktime ladies began to teach them how to stitch. Though a number of them had never sewn before and were reluctant to even try, with one young lady just afraid of the act of beginning a stitch-gentle instruction coaxed each girl to finally push the needle through the fabric. Some were surprised at their first stitch, but that only served to take them forward as they created stitch after stitch.
Isn’t that just the way many of us step into something new? Then, as we take another step, we become a bit more steady on our feet, and before long, confidence soars!! And that is what happened….the girls continued their stitching. They learned to make “knots” in places where thread ran out, and then to resume with fresh thread. We all have seasons in our lives when a “thread” runs out, when some thing in our life comes to an end. The part we leave behind will always be sewn into the fabric of our lives, but we then learn to leave that part of life in the past, though remembered, and move forward into a new season.
The girls then filled the stitched fabric with downy stuffing, and the finishing stitches were sewn to enclose and secure what was tucked inside. How “full-filling” are the things THE Lord provides to fill us up with HIS goodness and HIS love?! As we listen and learn, receiving from HIM and all HE has for us, we are completed and secure in HIM.
Judith made a comment to the young ladies about the fabric. She said, “See all of the different colors and designs of the hearts? It is like each of you, unique and colorful in character and heart as God designed you!”
We are busy planning our March workshop. We hope you will come join us and see what God will reveal to us then!
At Chicktime Jackson, one of our favorite things to do besides hosting our fun monthly workshops, is to stand in the gap for our charity partner, Canopy Children’s Solutions. We love to spend a little extra time with the precious children every month and study God’s word with them!
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.
Our Christmas party with our girls at Chicktime was absolutely perfect. We not only enjoyed great food and gave gifts to the girls from their own wish list but they prayed to receive the greatest gift of all Jesus Christ!!! There was such a sweet presence of God. We enjoyed our time together immensely, we opened gifts, ate party foods, decorated and visited! The girls decorated gingerbread men baked just for them by Pam Ulrich and created the most wonderful Christmas candies from scratch also from Pam’s kitchen, our Chicktime baker extraordinare. The also decorated gingerbread houses! We had a full three hours of fun and can’t wait to see them next month for more of the same.
Jeanette joined us for her first time as a Chicktime member. Welcome aboard Jeanette! See you all again Sunday, January 21, 1:40 PM!
What a beautiful time sharing a Thanksgiving feast with our young ladies at Chicktime this past Saturday, November 11th. We enjoyed presenting a skit to the girls about the goodness of our God ( as it turns out, we ladies, young and old, love drama). Our presentation was well received and after stuffing ourselves with turkey, dressing, and too many items to list ( true down home cooking a spread any Southern lady would be proud of) we made Christmas ornaments. We were sad to learn that two of our young ladies were leaving before we will return in December. Sometimes we have only a small amount of time to spend getting to know our girls before they complete their time at our home. But we are trusting that the time we do spend with them will make a positive lasting impact. We all had so much fun and our hearts are full of joy.
What a beautiful, cool, breezy day for our first ChickTime-Jackson event on Sunday, October 29, 2017! The eight of us arrived at Canopy happily dressed in our pink T-shirts. Anticipation and joy was rippling through the group as we walked for the first time into a room where 10 precious young ladies quietly awaited us. As we greeted them and carried in goodies to enjoy a bit later, the quiet gave way to sweet curiosity.
One by one Linda had each of us introduce ourselves, telling them a little about us, and the girls began to interact, asking questions that we so enjoyed answering! They were excited to hear from our missionaries, and to hear a bit of Chinese and a little Greek spoken by a few of us! It only got better from there! We were all soon laughing and enjoying each other.
Linda gathered fun information from each girl, and then began a beautiful story of how lovely pearls are formed inside the oyster. Response to injury inside the oyster causes a secreted solution that eventually covers the injury, which leaves a residue that, over time, creates the pearl. The girls were told that they are that beautiful, costly pearl…that Jesus gave everything to purchase. Pearls of great value, as in Matthew, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”
Matthew 13:44-46 NIV
A flurry of activity and excitement entered as the girls then made pearl necklaces, to remind them of their identity in Christ.
The World Champion Robotics Team of Brandon, Mississippi, then spoke to the young ladies and demonstrated their robot and their skills. Good questions were asked and were well answered. Such fun! We then heard the testimony of Logan, who is part of the Robotics team. Back in March, Logan began to have pain in his upper leg. A few weeks ago after an MRI, Logan was given a diagnosis by doctors of bone cancer, and they laid out a plan of treatment that included chemotherapy and radiation, sure it was malignant. A biopsy was scheduled. The day of the biopsy surgery, 3 samples were obtained. All showed no sign of cancer, so a sample was sent off for further testing. Logan’s mother called every day to ask if the results were back yet. The result came back sooner than expected – BENIGN! Hallelujah! We gave God glory, cheering and clapping!!!
We all then enjoyed delicious cake, brownies, and sweets provided by one of the best bakers (and possibly THE best) – our leader, Linda! One girl told us she doesn’t like cake, but she liked Linda’s cake so much that she went back for seconds!
We left knowing the hearts of these sweet young ladies were affected in good ways by our Lord Jesus, as we were blessed to minister and represent our great King to them. We give God great glory for this opportunity to sow into their lives, and we gratefully look forward to future events!
Chicktime is proud to announce that our Jackson Mississippi chapter is back and is now under the leadership of the incredible Linda Zampieri! We invite you to contact Linda today if you are interested in volunteering with Chicktime Jackson or would like more info about how easy it is to plug in to her chapter!