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GEMS ‘We Walk’ Tour Visits Edmonton


Almost 300 girls and their moms (or mentors) gathered at West End Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta, on February 9 to participate in the We Walk tour.

Created by GEMS Girls’ Clubs for girls in grades 4-9, the tour’s tagline is “There is no such thing as just a girl.”

We Walk encourages girls to recognize that God has created them with a voice and a purpose—not just when they are grown, but right now—and helps them understand that they are capable of so much more than they often think.

Rika van den Heever, a member of West End CRC, attended the event with her 9-year-old daughter, Isabel. “The message was clear and I have talked with my daughter about it since,” she said, “that you’re not too little to do something. Whether it is on the playground or around school, you can always take the opportunity to be kind to someone.”

With an emphasis on the principles of Micah 6:8, girls are encouraged to stand up for what they believe in and are helped to better understand that even their small acts, in the hands of Jesus, can be the catalyst for huge change in the world.

Colleen Reinders and Grace Moes led praise and worship; Sara Lynne Hilton and Lenae Bulthuis led break-out sessions geared specifically for moms or for girls. During craft time, the girls made photo frames to sell, with proceeds going to the Esther School, a school in Zambia for children who are orphaned.

The We Walk tour will visit Sioux Center, Iowa, and Bozeman, Montana, this spring.

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