Women lead virtual Bible study of teenage girls thousands of miles away

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AIn response to COVID-19 and the changes that have taken place, Jo Dubs, Women’s and Family Ministries director at the Georgia-Cumberland Conference in the United States, has launched a virtual Bible study for teenage girls that meeting twice a month on Friday evenings from February to May 2021. It all started with leaders Kristiana Carney, a travel emergency nurse in Portland, Oregon, and Jenny Wheeler, a biology professor at Monterey Bay Academy in Watsonville, California .

When asked why she wanted to co-host an online Bible study, Carney said her younger cousin has heightened anxiety due to COVID. She shared that through Bible study she sought to help her cousin. “I hope I can continue to train my cousin and some of her friends and other girls who 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 godly lives in our various careers and share our experiences. This too [allowed] girls to look introspectively at their own lives and see who they are for God.

Carney said she felt blessed. The studies “allowed me to continue to do ministry when I am not in a particular place. Additionally, some of the girls who joined [were] really on fire for God and wanting to be used by God wherever 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 interests, etc., and then we also study the Bible, connect it to our lives, hope and let us pray – literally – that he encourages them, and ends with prayer requests and prayers.

Leaders surveyed interested attendees to determine 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 and who influences you), and personal stories from the members’ lives related to those stories.

Wheeler said she appreciated the connection. “God has 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 type of Bible study, Kristiana and I try to give the girls plenty of opportunities to share, so I enjoyed hearing their perspective on the topics and verses we talked about.

The Bible study group was for girls in grades 8-12 (usually 13-17). Organizers said the teens enjoyed the 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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