Girls Ministries

Then and now: lasting impact of the Missionettes Fivefold Purpose

Fri, 23 Jun 2006 - 11:50 AM CST

by Katrina Ensminger

I want to say thank you to Mrs. Mary Stuckey, my Missionettes Sponsor. I still remember when she pulled up in that ol’ blue Gran Torino at my house where my brothers, sister, and I were out playing in the front yard at 124 Edgewater Lane, Crestview, Fla. She stopped to ask a 12-year-old girl if she might be interested in going to church to a girl's club called Missionettes. 

I went. A short time later, the rest of my family also went to that church — making a total of six going to church from that one visit. I also remember the day I went to the altar to accept Jesus as my Savior. The person who met me there was none other than this dear woman who had first invited me to church, Mrs. Stuckey. She led me in the sinner’s prayer. It is absolutely amazing to me that at the age of 12, a person could make the single most important decision of a lifetime, one that would completely change the future of her life.  

Missionettes, 33 years ago, was a tool for evangelism, to win girls to Jesus Christ through love and acceptance. Missionettes is a tool for evangelism today.  

The impact that this little club with four to six girls had on my life has been a lasting one. It affected me in a real way. Even though I was never crowned, the steps I learned with only completing Susanna and parts of Tabitha have been eternal. I have applied “To be faithful stewards of time, money, and talent” to my life since the day I learned this ideal. Even today, I pull out my old tithing record from the Susanna step to teach tithing to young people. This document shows the blessing and faithfulness of God to those who give. The principle of stewardship was so instilled that when even finding a quarter, I would give three cents to God.  

Our second fivefold purpose, to teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded us developing girls spiritually and mentally, was being accomplished in my life.  

If you want to tell me Missionettes is an ineffective means for today, I’m sorry, you are talking to the wrong person. As a matter of fact, Missionettes is thought to be such an outstanding program that other denominations are taking hold of it as well.  

I have taught in all six clubs. I’m a pastor’s wife (Can I get a witness!) and I am and have been a pastor’s wife of relatively average size churches (100 or less, a lot of Sundays heavy on the less). I’ve had as few as one or two, to as many as 12 or more, Missionettes in the clubs I’ve sponsored. One semester while attending Southeastern College, I was a Daisies co-sponsor with at least 20 to 25 girls at one of the largest Assemblies of God churches in Florida — Cornerstone in Lakeland. I’ve seen some of it all and I still believe Missionettes is a place to provide encouragement, support, and accountability, through lasting Christian relationships. Some of those times I was the one who needed the encouragement. I will always remember when two girls who had worked so hard to become Honor Stars presented to me a little Teddy Bear thanking me for sticking with them. One of those young women was my neighbor. Every time I look at that Teddy Bear I bear in mind the times I would see her bedroom light on while the rest of her house was dark. I knew why that light was still on. She was completing her Bible reading in order to be crowned in the next few weeks that lay ahead.  

To provide an environment for girls to develop their gifts and abilities is the Missionettes fourth, purpose. What do you say there? What a trip! And what a thrill to see these little girls become young women, young adults, Missionettes helpers, and Missionettes sponsors.  

The last purpose is, to acquaint them with the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, our Lord. I’ve had to ask myself before if it was worth it when all you had was one Missionette? Luke 15:8-10 (NIV) reads:

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.' In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Thirty-three years ago, I was the lost coin. A woman who must have been in her late forties (She had some gray in her hair already!) was searching near her home looking for that lost coin.

She decided it might be at 124 Edgewater Lane when she pulled in at my house. She was right and I am eternally thankful that even though she already had a handful of girls in her club, she realized there was still one lost.

©2006 by Katrina Ensminger. Used by the national Missionettes Ministries Department with permission.

Katrina Ensminger, Panama City Beach, Florida, is the West Florida District Missionettes Coordinator

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