As we kick off a new year, we in Girls’ Ministries are kicking off a year of celebration. It was 70 years ago, in 1946, that the fairly new IPHC Women’s Ministries launched a ministry to girls. Because of their vision, countless girls have been mentored by godly, caring women.
Our birthday celebration that will span the coming months will be based on the praise concept of Psalm 145 where David praises and extols God. Verses 4-7 are a fitting description to why we have chosen to celebrate all year long! “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty–and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works–and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteous- ness.”
For 70 years, women from several generations have been doing that very thing–passing on their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ. So as we celebrate over the next 12 months, we will do so using what we will call the “Four Rs of Celebration.” Stay tuned as we 1) Reflect, 2) Reveal, 3) Reaffirm, and 4) Reignite the passion for Girls’ Ministries!
Visit the Resource Page to download graphics and resources for your own 70th celebration!
Irvina is serving her fourth term as the director of Girls’ Ministries. She and her husband David reside in Oklahoma City where he serves as president of the IPHC Extension Loan Fund. Irvina has been employed at the GMC since 1974 when she began working part time in Women’s Ministries while attending college. She graduated from Emmanuel College with her Associates Degree and Southern Nazarene University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in English. Irvina worked in World Missions for about 25 years, some of that part-time while raising their children. During that time, she also served in conference-level leadership of both Women’s and Girls’ Ministries.