Personal Reflection from Olga Vigil
Fifteen years ago, when I was hired to work for the then Missionettes Department, one of my biggest challenges was having to write an editorial for the Leader's Connection magazine. I was not sure I had anything worthwhile to say to our subscribers. Now as I write this reflection, I wonder again if I can adequately express my thoughts and feelings in this my final piece as the National Girls Ministries Leadership Development Coordinator.
A myriad of memories flood my mind as I think about my last 15 years in this post. I recall the curriculum revision in 1998, the perplexing transitional period that followed, the fun training I did across our districts updating our leaders on the changes. The look of frustration turn to joy as local leaders understood the heart behind the change and embraced the new curriculum as the top quality discipleship tool that it is. Then came the demand to translate the new curriculum into Spanish - ¡Muchisimo trabajo! The development of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold training soon followed, and the subsequent name change from "Missionettes" to Girls Ministries in 2007. Can you tell we are not afraid of good change?
Speaking of change, as I follow God's leading to move to another place of ministry with my husband, I look forward to my new ministry focus yet I also mourn the end of an era of my life. Yet I take comfort in reflecting on how much I have grown and have been blessed beyond measure having ministered alongside the national Girls Ministries director and staff.
As for you, our beloved readers, it has been an honor to serve you and to meet many of you when I traveled to your respective districts. Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for the faithful leaders who have stayed the course with us through these many years and changes. To those who may have recently joined the ranks, may I say that you are now part of a ministry whose legacy extends to generations of girls who are, and have been impacted for Christ thanks to women like you who have answered the call to disciple, mentor, and reach girls by connecting with their world, their heart, and His purpose. All of you, by mentoring girls and not simply teaching a curriculum, are changing not only one girl but an entire generation of girls!
In closing, I want to echo the Psalmist and say, "May goodness and mercy follow you all the days of your life and may you dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23:6).
All my love