I am so very excited about this Birthday Week. It has been a real time of celebrating, sharing and building community! Facebook Fans have grown dramatically and over 5000 people have read the blog!
Today's contest is very important as it involves our amazing volunteers who serve without compensation while investing in our nation's daughters. As a thank you, AHG is tickled to give our biggest prize to date, a tuition to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimmarron, New Mexico during AHG week August 6-11, 2012! This prize is valued at $450. Philmont is incredibly beautiful and the spirit of friendship and community is God ordained. I was blessed to visit this past July and must say Philmont is at the top of my list of beautiful life experiences.
Our AHG Volunteer Guest Blogger is Jody Token, long time AHG Troop Coordinator, first in Indianapolis and now in St. Louis. She shares her journey and I hope you will be inspired to share yours and participate in this contest:
I will never forget the day my husband called to tell me about American Heritage Girls. In 2006 I was coming to the end of my MOPS (mothers of preschoolers) ministry time. My daughters’ weren’t preschoolers anymore. They had entered the big world of elementary school. The safe haven of my nest had been forever changed.
Outside influences, new friends, after school activities and the big H … “Homework” became a new season in our lives.
I had poured myself into leading and ministering to moms who deeply desired more than changing dirty diapers and folding laundry. As you know the tasks evolve. The diapers have been replaced by dirty soccer uniforms and horse boots, and the laundry just keeps piling up.
My Eagle Scout husband’s voice was serious and sought answers. (Yes, once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout) “Quick! Turn the radio on and listen to the conversation!” A woman by the name of Patti Garibay was speaking about a new program for our nation’s daughters.
Little did I know that the word “daughter” included myself. My husband heard Patti say American Heritage Girls provided a place to grow our daughter faith, instill in them a value for service, all within an atmosphere of fun.
Three simple words caught my attention. Three powerful words now bring focus to me, my family and my Troop … FAITH. SERVICE. FUN.
“How in the world can I start a Troop?” I challenged my husband. Faith was the answer. During those initial months of launching a Troop, a new level of surrender, love and trust for my Savior Jesus, consumed me. A new level of faith was poured into me by the power of the Holy Spirit. Truly, an Indiana Jones “step of faith” is required and God does not disappoint. “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” 1 Thess. 5:24
“How do I answer the Biblical call to “Defend the poor and fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4 … Service was the answer. I moved from a place of serving as an activity, to serving as a way of life. Service is who I am, not what I do. Amen? Amen!
“How can I teach my daughters important life skills, patriotism and love for nature?” … Fun was the answer. I’ve become a better cook, a better citizen and a more informed outdoor enthusiast.
Did I say AHG is for my daughters? Oh, yeah, they get to come and play too! Most activities are “drop-off” programs such as soccer and piano. But AHG is a place to grow with my daughters.
So, now I ask you … How has AHG changed you? How has your level of faith increased? How has your level of compassion expanded? And how has your willingness to have fun with your daughters grown?
I am forever grateful for that radio show and for Patti Garibay’s passion for those three simple words. Faith. Service. Fun.
Share your journey with Patti.
How has being involved in AHG helped you grow? Share your stories of growth and learning in the comment section of this Blog to be registered in today's birthday celebration contest. One winner will be chosen to receive a week at Philmont Scout Ranch during AHG week August 6-11.
Philmont is the Boy Scouts of America's largest national high-adventure base. its 34 staffed camps and 55 trail camps provide an unforgettable adventure in the high cournty along hundreds of miles of rugged rocky trails. This year AHG is honored to host a course for the first time at Philmont. The winner will have the opportunity to take part in a number of wonderful trainings at the state of the art Philmont Training Center as well as enjoy the beauty and adventure of the Ranch. winner will be announced the week of September 19th. Must be a currently registered AHG Adult Member to win.