February is the month we celebrate love. Hearts decorate retail shops and embellish children’s notecards. Restaurants design special menus and florists enjoy their own “black Friday.” The gift of love is celebrated and gives us a reason to remind our family, friends and spouses of our love for them.
Since 1993 when the cornerstones of the AHG ministry were beginning to be set, the Holy Spirit spoke to the founding parents. The message was clear: God’s name and attributes were to be glorified in this new organization. Knowing the power of women and their influence on the hearts of the next generation, AHG began its mission of building women of integrity by building hearts for service.
AHG’s service emphasis builds an atmosphere of giving within the Troop. Rather than the preoccupation with self that pervades our culture, AHG girls learn to sense the needs of others and react accordingly. Time and time again, stories are shared of amazing acts of kindness that become truly impactful projects of service. By rewarding girls with insignia (service stars) that represent service given to others, incorporating service projects into level advancement and having a 100 hour plus service project as the central component to AHG’s highest award, the Stars and Stripes, an AHG girl rarely finishes the program without mentioning her enhanced love and desire to serve others.
How inspiring it is for all of us involved in the American Heritage Girls to see a generation of young women whose principle goal in life is not pursuing their own comfort and desires. Instead we are witnessing young women who seek to serve others and incorporate Philippians 2:3-5 into their everyday life!
Thanks to God’s continued blessing, AHG is growing thus allowing more girls and their families the opportunity to begin the building of servant’s hearts – the heart that is most like the heart of our Savior. May this February be a celebration of love for you and yours and may you continue to grow in love with Him.
Until Next Time,
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interest of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.