"Our desire is that girls have fun while learning about the Bible
and growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ," says Debby
Seler, Missionettes coordinator in the national office.
Through this program Christian women mentor girls, providing encouragement,
support and accountability through lasting relationships. Younger girls
earn badges in a unit-based approach that makes it easy for girls to
get involved from the very first week. Frequent award ceremonies provide
an incentive for girls to stay involved and recognize and honor them
for their achievements. The national department also publishes a quarterly
magazine, Club Connection, with features such as crafts, snacks, devotionals
and other inspirational material.
As the girls age, the program is designed to supplement a churchs
youth program with age-relevant, discussion-oriented topics that give
girls a safe and nurturing place to become godly young women. Curriculum
is continually updated to help clubs keep their programs fresh and relevant.
The mentorship concept is based on the Titus 2 principle of women mentoring
young girls. "It is so important to have godly women mentoring
our girls," Seler says. "Building Christ-centered girls now
prevents repairing broken women later."
The Missionettes program dates back to the 1950s, when women saw the
need for a program to teach missions to young women and to prepare them
for future involvement in Womens Ministries. The national Assemblies
of God Womens Ministries Department developed the Missionettes
program in response to this need.
The first Missionettes club was officially chartered in January 1956.
Since then, Missionettes clubs continue to be organized across the United
States and in many foreign countries. The purpose of Missionettes
winning girls to Jesus Christ and teaching them to live victoriously
has remained constant.
Today 167,169 girls are involved in 22,672 clubs nationwide.