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Hi my name is Dechari Cole, and only because of God’s amazing hand on my life I can say that I am the founder of Girls Living 4 God and My Fairy Tale Ball, and the author of Finding Your Fairy Tale Ending. I’m just the girl next door who grew up church, but really came to realize God is bigger than I knew Him to be and if I trusted Him with everything I would continue to be amazed. One day I asked God, “How do I tell these girls that they don’t have to settle - that you have so much more for them if they will trust You?” And God answered.

My friends describe me as creative, compassionate, and joyful. In my free time I love to connect with people and make new friends. I also enjoy being adventurous and doing something new - whether it’s skydiving, riding roller coasters, going to drive-ins, visiting new places… I love to have fun and be a kid :) PS- I have reoccurring dreams about being on the Amazing Race. I’m oddly afraid of alligators. Though, I’ve never come across one up close, I’m afraid they may be lurking in any body of water.

An interesting fact about me, and one you might be wondering, is how I got my name. My mom prayed for a girl after having 2 boys and my dad already in the house and she wanted a name that no one had. So, she made up my name from theirs… “De” from Derrick, “cha” from Channing, and “ri” from my dad Richard. There ya go! (pronounced Duh-chair-uh)

One of my favorite scriptures since I was a teen is Proverbs 16:9, “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” I never would have imaged being where I am, and thankful God has led me here. When GL4G was coming about, I felt God put Jeremiah 29:13 on my heart for the core of the ministry as He calls us to seek Him with ALL our heart and tells us we will find Him. Besides ministry, I’m really passionate about marriage. I think it’s such an amazing and sharpening gift from God and something to fight for and protect. Plus I love that I have a sleepover with my best friend every night ;)

Something God’s been teaching me lately is that He just wants time with me more than anything I could do for Him. That is what is precious. So I’m trying not to jump straight into my to do’s and instead make time to chat with my Heavenly Father, because He is the love of my life and my Rock.

I’m excited to be a part of Girls Living 4 God because God has shown He is leading in it to bless many girls in their walk of faith. And there is so much to come! I’m excited for us to sharpen one another as we learn to #1: Seek God with all our hearts #2: Testify to His truth #3: Learn to follow His voice #4: And be courageous in all we do! I can’t wait to hear what God’s been teaching you. 

dechari

 
 

My friends describe me as: Outgoing, funny & passionate  

 

In my free time I love to go to the beach (or anything outside!) & sing!

 

I'm oddly dislike FEET! I don’t want to touch them, look at them, have mine touched. Feet are gross! 

 

A fun or interesting fact about me: I’m really good a boardgames. Like stupid good. But not the ones that take skill.. the ones that are based on pure luck. So I guess I’m just really lucky at boardgames! 

 

One of my favorite scriptures is: Joshua 1:1-9 

 

Besides ministry I'm passionate about: my family, music and healthy living! 

 

Something God has been teaching me lately: Fear is a liar! You cannot walk into the promises He has for you if you live in fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of letting others see who you really are, these are the things that the enemy uses to take captive our minds and keep us from living the life the lord has called us to. We can have fear, but we can’t let fear have us! 

 

I'm excited to be a part of GL4G because God has shown us such huge dreams and visions of lives being changed! I had amazing leaders and mentors that helped me through some hard times as a teenager and I am excited to be able to help reach so many girls and show them the love God has for them! 

erin

My friends describe me as: Encouraging, Confident, and Adventurous 

 

In my free time I love to spend time with my family, go to movies (no sappy love stories please), and hike or do activities outside.

 

I'm oddly afraid of or dislike spiders. 

 

A fun or interesting fact about me: I have always been a tomboy who loved sports, hated pink, and tried not to wear dresses.  And God has a sense of humor because he gave me the most beautiful little girl in the world.  Autumn is ALL-Girl. I mean she loves clothes, loves pink, changes her outfit like 5 times a day, and plays with dolls and stuffed animals.  I have softened a lot, and I even find myself wearing some shades of pink. I still won’t wear certain shades, but it’s a start.  ;)

 

One of my favorite scriptures is:  Proverbs 3: 5-6 and Psalm 91

 

Besides ministry I'm passionate about: Sewing into my children and spending time as a family. I want to do fun things with them, and also show them Christ in me.  I am also passionate about Young Living Essential Oils.  These oils help keep us healthy and it’s an outlet for me to have my own business, which I love.

 

Something God has been teaching me lately:  That He is working even when I don’t see it.  God is all about the details no matter how tiny.  So when I am discouraged about something, I know that God is working and He sees the big picture.  His ways are perfect, and are best for me. I trust in Him to work in my life even when sometimes it doesn’t seem like He is.

 

I'm excited to be a part of GL4G because I LOVE Teen Girls. I have been in youth ministry for 14 years, and I have a passion for helming girls become Women of God.  Strong, beautiful, faithful ladies that will change the world. 

carol ann

carol ann

 

My friends describe me as:
Happy, caring, likes to help others


In my free time I love to play with my new puppy & ride a motorcycle.

I'm oddly afraid of or dislike worms.

A fun or interesting fact about me:  I do a variety of mystery shops as side jobs

One of my favorite scriptures is: Joshua 1:9 

Besides ministry I'm passionate about: children

Something God has been teaching me lately: patience

I'm excited to be a part of GL4G because teen girls need good role models.

 

kathy

Hi! My name is Meg and I am so blessed to be a part of GL4G! I love being involved in a ministry that focuses on partnering with Christian girls to encourage and uplift as we serve God together. As well as be a part of a ministry that desires to reach out and serve others to share God’s heart and the gospel. I love standing alongside these ladies, doing Kingdom work together! 

meg

 

My friends describe me as: passionate, chaotic, sassy, 

In my free time I love to: spend time with my wonderful family and friends, attend NC State football and baseball games, and read books by the fire with a delicious cup of coffee

I'm oddly afraid of or dislike: BUGS and heights

A fun or interesting fact about me: I was born with only one permanent front tooth and had to get a fake tooth when I was in high school. I accidentally ate my fake front tooth once when I was in Texas after a women's conference. I had to fly back to NC with only one front tooth... so mortifying. 

One of my favorite scriptures is: "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." 2 Corinthians 4:16 -18

Besides ministry I'm passionate about: Disability awareness and also the pro-life movement as well. Each life matters and is valuable to the Lord. Love cheering on my NC State Wolfpack... even when they break my heart (as they often do).  

Something God has been teaching me lately: One of my theme verses for the year is Galatians 1:10 "For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ." I really want people to like me and struggle with people pleasing. Therefore I have a hard time saying no and often feel the need to impress people. The Lord has really been teaching me that the purpose of my life is to please and glorify Him. I do not have to seek man's approval. I need to seek God's and His perfect plan for my life. Sometimes that means that I need to say "no" and I need to let go of other's opinions of me. Hard stuff but so worth it!

I'm excited to be a part of GL4G because: I can't wait to see what the Lord does through the next generation of women. I fully believe He is raising up a great army of women for His glory. It is my heart to teach and train the younger women and help fulfill the Titus 2 mandate. I believe GL4G has the same heart to fulfill that command and has a passion to share Christ with young women all over the nation. I am thrilled to be a part of what God is doing through GL4G. 

 

betsy

My friends describe me as: bubbly, crazy, cute 

In my free time I love to write songs and hangout with my friends 

I'm oddly afraid of or dislike green beans. 

A fun or interesting fact about me: I really like public speaking 

One of my favorite scriptures is: Joshua 1:9

Besides ministry I'm passionate about: my YouTube channel 

Something God has been teaching me lately: to not get caught up in what's going on around me but to look to where my Help comes from (Jesus) 

I'm excited to be a part of GL4G because I can't wait to work and be inspired by girls who love Jesus as much as I do!! 

grayson

 
 

Hi! I’m Mary-Claire Hooper, I’m 15 years old, and I’m a teen intern for Girls Living 4 God! My friends describe me as fun, laid-back, and giggly. I think giggly is the best one, in my opinion, because I love to laugh and smile, and I love to make other people laugh and smile! What i do in my free time can be anything outside, or anything to do with music. I play anything I can get my hands on, but my favorite is my fiddle! Anything in God’s creation makes me happy. I love to swim, shoot, hike, hunt, fish, kayak, and anything else that I can get into! I’m oddly afraid/ dislike really nothing, though I am not a huge fan of spiders. A fun and interesting fact about me is that I love sloths (I fell in love after watching a video of baby sloths taking a bath), and I love to say “Yay!”. I even have a shirt with the word “Yay” written on it! Yay!

My favorite bible verse right now in my life is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Always be joyful, never stop praying, and be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for all those who belong to Christ Jesus.” This verse is just a reminder to me that I always have a reason to be joyful, because I have Jesus in my heart, and I am saved and made new as the greatest gift ever! It also reminds me that because of this, I always have a reason to be not only joyful, but thankful. This verse also helps us to remember that prayer does awesome things.

Besides ministry, I am passionate about music and children! I currently play in a bluegrass group called The Loose Strings, and I am having such a blast with them. Music and any gifts God gives us are awesome ways to glorify Him, and have fun while doing it! Children are just super sweet and fun, and I love being able to show them God’s love.

Something God has been teaching me lately is that His will is going to be done no matter what. It’s so easy for us, because we’re human, to get caught up in worrying and stressing over things that we don’t need to stress over. We are constantly worrying about what we’re going to be when we get out of school, who we’re going to marry, where we’re going to live, what we’re going to accomplish, etc. But in reality, we know that God’s will is that we be set apart, we trust in Him, we are willing to suffer and are content in our suffering, and that we take advantage of every opportunity to show His love and share the gospel that we can. We all have a light inside of us that comes from God. If we are constantly living for God and letting our light shine, we can be content in knowing that God has everything else under control, no strings attached! His plans are always bigger, better, and greater than we could ever imagine! :)

I’m so excited to be a part of GL4G because I remember my first time meeting Dechari. She told me that I was a princess, because I was a daughter of our awesome king. That thought changed my walk with the Lord and how I lived in general, and I can’t wait to see what differences GL4G can have in other girls lives. God is awesome! I am also so excited to learn from the adult team members, and from other girls like you. You are all so beautiful, and so wonderfully made. Thank you for reading my bio. :)

mary-claire

 

My friends would describe me as: creative, thoughtful & generous.

In my free time I love to create & sing.

I'm oddly afraid of toilets. I seriously have nightmares about them!

Something interesting about me is that I have eight children and married my high school sweetheart! I also run and maintain a Hunger Games blog.

Right now my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 17:7-8. It's been my life verse for years now.

A couple things I'm passionate about are coffee and roller coasters! On another note, I'm passionate about others knowing that they are loved and that Jesus loves them!

Something that God has been teaching me is that HE PROVIDES. He already has the plans laid out. He's sovereign. He knows us. He's almighty. He's been teaching me to trust him in a new way. 

I'm so excited to be a part of GL4G because knowing that God loves us is a powerful, life-changing thing. I want others to know God's power and love through this ministry and through the amazing work he's already doing through Girls Living 4 God. This is a wonderful vessel for discipling and learning. 

arabelle