When I consider all the volunteers who have been a part of building dreams with the girls and women we have served, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. I think sometimes we have a tendency to not realize that every little thing done is a piece of the restoration story being written in each life by God through us.
This past Saturday, I had the honor of working alongside Lisa, a volunteer who took her Saturday morning to teach the girls to kayak. It was such a simple, fun act of service that went way beyond what either Lisa or I thought would accomplish.
Learning to kayak requires balance and a sense of self-sufficiency, since each girl was in her own kayak. The looks on their faces when they first stepped in the kayak were full of fear, uncertainty, and lack of confidence. What happened over the next 3 hours was nothing short of miraculous. Walking back to the van after kayaking, Jennifer* said to me, “I can’t believe I just did that. I was so afraid, but I did it. I can’t wait to tell my mom.” Keri* commented, “I never thought I could do that, but I pushed through my fear, and I can’t wait to do it again.” Maybe Lisa’s text afterwards best summarizes the transformation: “Kayaking with the girls was so much fun this morning! They all overcame their fears of feeling unbalanced and caught on to paddling quickly. I can’t wait to do it again with them.”
Lisa thought she’d be just teaching a fun, new skill, but she was actually a DreamBuilder. Lisa provided a platform for girls to accomplish a dream they never knew they desired. That morning another stone was cemented into the foundation of each girl that moved her toward becoming an overcomer!
DreamBuilders are so very needed for girls to draw out the overcomer and champion they were meant to be. Our survivors are just waiting for people like you to lend whatever you have to build hopes and dreams for a great future. I hope you will join us!
-By Mary Frances Bowley
About Author Mary Frances Bowley
Mary Frances Bowley is the Founder and Executive Director of Wellspring Living, an organization fighting childhood sexual abuse and exploitation since 2001. She has been a leader in bringing the fight against child sex-trafficking to Atlanta and is a founding member of the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. Mary Frances resides in Peachtree City with her husband Dick and dog Nugget. She has 2 sons, 3 grandsons and a newborn grand-daughter.
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Labor Day 2016 Kayaking Trip, Lisa and WSL for Girls Program Coach