My sisters and I (Sara) had the privilege of going down to help with the Bright Lights conferences in St. Cloud, MN, October 8-12. It was an amazing week of ministry and fellowship as we served as part of the staff for the conferences.
Bright Lights is a discipleship ministry for girls encouraging them to be strong for the Lord in their youth. There are over 500 Bright Lights discipleship groups in the U.S. and internationally (visit our Bemidji group’s blog), and during the summer/fall the Sarah Mally (founder of Bright Lights ministry) and staff conduct conferences all over the place.
We were so blessed to be able to help with the Strong In the Lord conference and the Radiant Purity conference. Both conferences include main sessions packed with teaching, stories, skits, testimonies, chalk drawings, and music. There are also small groups for the girls attending to discuss what they are learning in the main sessions, as well as sessions for the parents.
We were glad to have the opportunity to serve as small group leaders (Sara) and small group assistants (Deborah and Abigail) for both conferences, as well as helping with many other aspects of the conferences, such as making snacks, greeting attendees, helping them to find their name tags, handing out notebooks, sharing a testimony, and Abby even got to help out with a skit! 🙂
We were so refreshed by the fellowship with the other young ladies on the team. It was great to spend time sharing insights from the Word, praying together, sharing reports and responses from the girls in our small groups, and simply talking and laughing together. On Thursday (our “off-day), we also had the opportunity to go witnessing at a nearby mall and then spend time outdoors at a nature park.
We are continually blessed and encouraged by the Bright Lights ministry and the role that it has played in our lives. It was so nice to get to know Sarah and Grace better over the week… they are such sweet, godly young ladies with a passion for serving the Lord.
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity. “
-1 Timothy 4:12-