Hey, girls, I’m Emily Wilburn and I am the Outreach Coordinator for Redeemed Girl Ministries. I have the fun job of planning our Girls’ Night Out events. You may be familiar with RGM because of our blog or Marian’s podcasts, but there is one thing most people don’t know.… we travel a ton! And by a ton, I mean … the people at the airport know us by name. Yeah, that much! At times being on staff with RGM can feel like my bags are never unpacked. This semester was no exception. Since January, we’ve been crisscrossing the nation to host evangelistic outreaches on college campuses and we’re far from finished with our travels. Jet lag anyone?
Waking up at 4 am to catch a flight is not my jam. (I’m not a coffee drinker, but I sure could become one because Marian drinks it like it’s her job.). But at the end of the longest days on the road, I’d gladly wake up the next day to do it all again. Why? Because there is such a thrill watching God show up and show off as He transforms lives. There’s nothing in the world like seeing a woman fall in love with Jesus and experience freedom in Him. That is worth losing a little sleep over any day.
This semester we traveled to The University of Kentucky, James Madison University, The University of Texas, Austin, Indiana University, Indiana State University and Rutgers University. Today, I want to brag on Jesus and share just a few stories of transformed lives that we’ve seen this semester.
Carmen, an Indiana University student, attended Girls’ Night Out and said her story was much like Marian’s. Her father passed away a few years ago after being diagnosed with cancer. She hadn’t been the same since. She was forced to grow up too quick and had no clue what to do with the huge hole that her father’s death left in her heart. So she turned to performance. She joined the rowing team and quickly made that her new identity. After a few years on the team, her depression resurfaced. She found herself drowning in poor decisions that ultimately led to her dismissal from the rowing team. Her purpose was gone. She felt like her identity had been ripped from her.
Then she attended Girls’ Night Out with a friend from class. There, Carmen decided to rededicate her life to Christ. She now sees that God was gracious enough to tear down her idol of rowing to draw her to Himself. She’s joined a bible study and is excited about pursuing growth in Christ as opposed to turning to performance, which will never heal her broken heart.
Jami attended Girls’ Night Out on her campus and there she had her first ever encounter with Jesus. Jami was not raised in a Christian home and had zero church background. She came to our event feeling an emptiness that she’d been carrying for far too long. She could never pinpoint the root of her emptiness until GNO.
She realized she had been putting her everything into earning good grades, taking on leadership positions and receiving awards for scholarships. It dawned on her that striving to be perfect only left her frustrated and unfulfilled. She’s since dived into Christian community with women in her sorority. She is encouraged and hopeful that she’s now on a journey to, even more, satisfaction and wholeness than she could ask or imagine.
A few other women who attended Girls’ Night Out wrote:
“Your story is exactly like mine and I need help. I have been so lost and have hit rock bottom 3 times in the last 6 months. I’ve been trying to find fulfillment in all things but God. Thank you for reminding me.” -UI Student
“I am a 35-year-old single professor at UK. I recently read Marian’s book Sex and the Single Christian Girl and found it to be a great encouragement. I, thankfully, do not have a regretful past, but I often have a similar feeling. I’m unlovable, unwanted, that there must be something wrong with me because no one has “chosen” me. I’m grateful to have read a book that reminds me of God’s faithfulness in providing a mate, even in my old age. I brought two students with me and hope to be able to positively influence other students through my position at UK.” -UK Professor
“Thank you so much for sharing your story and all the nitty-gritty details. No speaker has ever been so upfront and personal, and I really appreciate your honesty. After tonight, I would like to rededicate myself to my relationship with God.” -Chi Omega Member
These are just a handful of stories from the 2,000+ women who have attended our events this semester. This semester 518 young women prayed to commit their lives to Christ at a Girls Night Out on their campus! I’d wake up at 4 am every day until Jesus comes back to see these women’s lives transformed. We’d love for you to join us in praying for these new believers. That the Gospel seed that has been planted would take root and grow in each of their hearts.
Has this blog gotten you excited about what Redeemed Girl does on the road? If so, we’d love to have you as a part of our team, through your partnership! We’ll be hosting outreach events at the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Appalachian State University and we’ll even be traveling to Botswana, Africa. As much as we would love to stuff you in our suitcases, we would truly appreciate having you along for the ride as prayer partners. To learn more on how you can be praying, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to your prayer support, we want to invite you to partner with our ministry on a regular basis through giving. This blog was not written with the intent to ask for your financial partnership, but it would be wrong of me to share this exciting news with you and not invite you to be a part of it!
As a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry, we operate fully from the gifts of generous donors. If you feel led to give to RGM please visit our donate page. Or if you’d like to give a little and get something in return you could do so by purchasing our new Redeemed tee. All proceeds go to help fund our ministry. Too good to be true? Not a chance!