Adventist Journal Online | Women lead virtual Bible study for teenage girls thousands of miles away

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A Bible study group in the United States mentors, encourages, and inspires.

AIn response to COVID-19 and the changes that have taken place, Jo Dubs, director of women’s and family ministries at the Georgia-Cumberland conference in the United States, has launched a virtual teenage Bible study that has taken place. meets twice a month on Friday evenings from February to May 2021. It all started with leaders Kristiana Carney, emergency room nurse traveling to Portland, Oregon, and Jenny Wheeler, professor of biology at Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, CA .

When asked why she wanted to co-host an online Bible study, Carney said her young cousin had increased anxiety from COVID. She shared that through studying the Bible, she sought to help her cousin. “I hope I can continue to train my cousin and some of her friends and other girls who have joined us that I would never have met,” Carney said at the time. She herself had the experience of being mentored by young couples as a teenager, and it had a huge impact on her life, she said.

Wheeler loved the idea of ​​co-hosting. “I felt called to do more for God, especially with the ability to reach people through technology,” she said. “This little Bible study [allowed] us as adults to show how we live a godly life in our different careers and share our experiences. This too [allowed] for girls to take an introspective look at their own lives and see who they are to God.

Carney said she felt blessed. The studies “have allowed me to continue to exercise my ministry when I am not in a particular place. Plus, some of the girls who joined [were] really on fire for God and wanting to be used by God where they are, and it’s super encouraging to hear their stories and their dreams, and it’s fun and exciting to encourage them in their dreams.

“We don’t just study the Bible,” Carney added, “but we spend time getting to know the girls, their tastes and their interests, et cetera, and then we also study the Bible, relate it to our lives, hope and pray – literally – that he encourages them, and ends with prayer requests and prayer.

Leaders surveyed interested participants to determine what Bible study topics to cover. According to Carney, they studied the story of Jesus walking on water and Elijah in the cave experiencing God (the storms of life, God being with you in storms and preparing for storms). They also discussed Jonathan and his armor bearer defeating the Philistines (asking who you influence and who influences you), and personal stories from the lives of the members regarding these stories.

Wheeler said she appreciated the connection. “God blessed me in this experience because it really makes me feel like I’m part of something bigger than my little corner of the world. With this kind of Bible study Kristiana and I try to give the girls lots of opportunities to share, so I enjoyed hearing their take on the topics and verses we talked about.

The Bible study group was for girls in grades 8 to 12 (typically 13 to 17 years old). Organizers said the teens enjoyed Bible study and small-group activities, including cooking, baking, and crafts. “The meetings fostered an honest and responsible community, and throughout Zoom,” they said.

The original version of this story was published by Southern News.


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