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Girlz 4 Christ Magazine’s Winter Theme: People & Faces

Girlz 4 Christ, the magazine for Christian girls around the world, is excited to announce the theme for their upcoming winter issue: People & Faces. “Since our start nearly six years ago, our goal has always been to provide a global community for Christian girls” says editor Jessica Lippe. “Now this magazine is being read by thousands of girls in at least 35 countries, including several areas where Christianity is restricted or illegal. With this issue, we want to focus less on how widespread we are and more on the people in all those locations. It’s not about the places; it’s about the faces.”

A unique aspect about the winter issue is that the People & Faces theme wasn’t announced to the article writers ahead of time. The staff agrees that what happened could only be orchestrated by God. Most of the submissions were related to the readers getting to know and celebrating their family in Christ, both here at home and around the world. From family traditions for the Christmas and New Year season, to bonus interviews with girls who put their faith into action, this issue of Girlz 4 Christ will bless all the people (and faces) who read it.

Jessica Lippe, editor of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine, is available for interviews and presentations regarding the magazine ministry or the topic “People & Faces”. For more information, contact Girlz4Christ@yahoo.com.

Girlz 4 Christ Magazine’s People & Faces releases this winter on December 21st, 2016. Anyone can get a free subscription by visiting Girlz4Christ.org.

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Girls Around the World!

Out of the four sections featured in every issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine (Godly Girlz, Girlz in Action, Beautiful Girlz, and Fun 4 Girlz), my favorite has always been Girlz in Action. I like the encouragement found in this section that inspires readers to live out their faith. I also like how we can meet some of our sisters in Christ in these pages of the magazine. In 2016 we introduced the “Girls Around the World” column in the Girlz in Action section, which just might be my favorite part of the magazine! 

Travel and global connectivity are big passions of mine, and I like how Girlz 4 Christ has reflected the need to know our neighbors from every country since the very beginning. In our first issue, the cover feature was a girl from Peru. I really like how Girls Around the World continues this legacy in a constant, meaningful way. Here are the girls we’ve featured over the past year, as well as a sneak peek with the girl you’ll meet in the Winter 2016/17 issue! If you don’t receive Girlz 4 Christ Magazine, click here for a free subscription so you don’t miss out!

Osayi, age 17, from Italy 

“Visit Italy because it has a lot of sites to see, like the Colosseum and the Vatican in Rome, plus the Duomo, the Pisa Tower, Venice, Florence, and many other places of interest. Italian cuisine and fashion is one of the best in the world.”

Alyssa, age 18, from Australia


“You can’t really put Australia in a box and limit it to just one thing! Australia is huge, and there is so much to see and do. Uluru is a definitely a national landmark, along with the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Bridge, and the Great Barrier Reef.”

Bethany, age 13, from Scotland

“I personally think that the Isle of Barra is a truly beautiful place with a whole range of things to do. Barra is the only place in the world where the plane actually lands on the beach! It’s very amazing to watch it land and take off! There is also a castle owned by the Clan MacNeil in the bay, you have to go out in a small boat to visit it.”

Hannah, age 18, from England

I was born and live on the Isle of Wight located in the English Channel.
The Isle of Wight is the largest island in England. In 2010 we had a
population of 140,500.
“I was born and live on the Isle of Wight located in the English Channel. The Isle of Wight is the largest island in England. In 2010 we had a population of 140,500.”
Check your back issues for interviews with Osayi and Alyssa. Check out the current issue for Bethany’s interview, and look forward to Hannah’s interview coming next month! Again, you can read all this by clicking here for a free subscription! And if you are or know of a teenage girl who would like to represent her country in a future issue of Girlz 4 Christ, email us at Girlz4Christ@yahoo.com. 
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Exclusive Interview with I’m Not Ashamed Movie Star

Today, the motion picture I’m Not Ashamed is premiering in theaters. To celebrate, enjoy this interview of the movie’s star, Masey McLain. In this film, Masey portrays Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim at Columbine High School. Check out more about this movie, including more Q&A, fashion tips from the wardrobe team, and an exclusive interview with Rachel Scott’s real-life mom in the Fall 2016 issue of Girlz 4 Christ.

*2020 Update: You can read even more about Masey McLain and dozens of other amazing Christian girls in our book, Girls Who Change the World!*

Sadie and Bella Robertson acting with Masey McLain

 

 
Give us a brief testimony. How do you say, “I’m Not Ashamed” in your life?
In my own personal life, I’ve realized that in anything I do, I want to do under the umbrella of living for the glory of God. I want to intimately know Him, hear His voice above all others, and follow it. He is the only one that has satisfied my soul and has given me hope and true life, and because of that I know He’s worth following. When you decide to live for Jesus, there will be so many lures, distractions, and temptations that will try to throw off your focus and dull your purpose. I’ve definitely experienced that—we all will. There will be persecution, too. Most of us may never experience it physically, but we definitely will in other ways. So in all of that, for me to say “I’m Not Ashamed,” means for me to remember that in whatever circumstance I’m in, that I am a child of God. Because of the cross I have hope, freedom, and true life that the things of this world can’t compare to or take away. Ephesians 2:6 says, “and God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” As a child of God, I am already SEATED in heaven next to Jesus. I’m already victorious, so what do I have to fear in this life? Because of that, I want to live for Him, and I want others to see the light that He has put in me and be drawn to Him because of it.
What was the most challenging movie scene for you?
The most challenging, but most rewarding scene for me was the shooting scene I had no idea what to expect going in that day to film. My heart was heavy and everyone on the set knew it was going to be a tough day. I remember it being SO hot outside and we had to film this scene almost all day to get all the shots and every angle and point of view needed. It was emotionally draining and exhausting in every way possible, but it was also one of the most special moments of my entire life. I remember the Lord flooding my mind with worship songs, and the story of Stephen (the first martyr in the Bible) was constantly going through my head. I felt like the Lord truly gave me a glimpse of how proud He was of Rachel in that moment and all I felt was Him singing over me and even smiling. It’s hard to explain everything the Lord allowed me to experience that day, but I hope I never forget it. I remember after it was over, I just completely collapsed and had a meltdown. I had no idea that day was going to be so hard yet so absolutely beautiful and powerful.

Masey McLain and Sadie Robertson in the church worship scene

 

Was it different to play someone who actually lived as opposed to a fictional character?
Yes! There is so much power in telling a true story. I got to rely on her journals, her mom, and what people that knew Rachel said about her. The more I read her thoughts and feelings that she wrote down, the more I realized how much I could relate to her and even how similar we were in a lot of ways.

How are you and Rachel similar? How are you different?
Rachel’s real life best friend, Mark Bodiford (who is portrayed as Nathan in the movie) got to screen the movie to give a review of what he thought about it before it was released. I was in awe when I read that he wrote how similar Rachel and I were—that our laughs were the same, our quirks, and our voice. He said that there were times that he didn’t feel like he was watching a movie, but rather reliving a memory.  I never met Rachel, got to hear her voice, or see how she laughed or figure out her quirks. Only God could have orchestrated that. That still leaves me in awe! I also think we are similar in the way of having that desire to want to live with a purpose and make an impact on the world. That’s definitely something I found that lives in my heart and I could relate to. There are probably a lot of ways we are different, but one that sticks out to me is that Rachel always wanted a boyfriend throughout high school and that’s something I never really cared about in high school.
Rachel Joy Scott started journaling to bring her closer to God, which in turn was a vital reference for the making of this movie. If you’d like to keep a creative journal, check out Diary of a Girl 4 Christ.
What was your real life high school experience like?
My high school experience was really great at times, but also really hard. I played basketball and did plays throughout most of high school, and I remember that time with my team and cast being so much fun and the highlight of high school for me. However, there was a time when I felt extremely lonely, especially towards the end of high school. I homeschooled my senior year, and it was one of the hardest, loneliest, but most needed years of my life. I remember thinking that I had a choice- I could either sit in my own self-pity and waste the whole year doing things my way and trying to cope with feeling lonely, or I could seek God with everything I had and trust that there was a purpose to that year. I finally chose to trust Him. That year was so crucial for me. It was a year of renovation and preparation in my heart. Looking back, I see how He knew exactly what He was doing and that I desperatelyneededthat time of it being just me and him. He became my best friend that year.
How did you grow in your faith while acting for I’m Not Ashamed?
I’ve never experienced the level of dependency and intimacy that I had with the Lord like I did while filming. It was a really special time in my own walk with Him. This story is so special and powerful, and to be honest, I was so scared the months leading up to filming, because I didn’t want to mess it up! But I knew that God had called me to it, and I had to trust that. It was amazing to experience that dependency on Him. He knew Rachel’s heart more than anyone, so He’s the one I looked to the most to give me insight, even creatively. I walked away confident that whatever the Lord calls you to do, He will give you everything you need to do it.

 

Why do you think it’s important to tell the story of an event that occurred 17 years ago?
A story like Rachel’s needs to be told—no matter how long ago it happened. Rachel’s life is such a powerful reminder to us of how to truly love others the way Jesus did, and what it means to pick up our cross and follow Him, no matter what the cost. We don’t know if we will have tomorrow, but we do have whatever time we have been given to live with purpose, and Rachel’s story reminds us of that.
 
What do you like to do off the set?

I love to go for runs and listen to music, read, have movie nights, play my guitar, play games, sing in the car, and hang out with the people I love!

 
What’s the biggest reason that teen girls should see this movie?

It will remind you of your true purpose. It’s so easy to get caught up in with the things of the world—the drama, gossip, popularity, boys, “competition,” and the temptations that we all experience. Satan uses those things to lure us away from living out our true purpose, and we don’t even realize he’s doing it most of the time. I hope that after seeing this movie, you are encouraged by Rachel’s life and that you set in your heart to live boldly for an audience of one—the only one who is worth following and living unashamedly living for. 

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Read more about Masey McLain and other girls who’ve made a difference in Girls Who Change the World, available now!
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This One’s for the Parents

Here at Girlz 4 Christ, our main focus is to reach girls around the world in the name of Christ through positive and appropriate media material. But we know that this couldn’t be accomplished without the help of loving, caring, adult role models. I’m talking about the parents. (This includes the adults who have stepped in and taken a parental style of role for youth who need it!)

Girlz 4 Christ relies on these parents to spread the word about our free magazine subscriptions, and to keep this ministry funded. We interact on our Parentz 4 Christ Pinterest board and provide resources on our Parentz 4 Christ webpage. But now, we have a new resource to help you help your daughter navigate uncharted, terrifying territory: dating!

As the editor of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine, I had the opportunity to get involved in the blog tour for Daniel Anderson’s new book, The 10 Myths of Teen Dating. Regardless of your personal beliefs or family rules regarding dating, this is a must-read that can apply to all young adult relationships.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect these 10 myths to be. Would they just be the author’s personal opinions that ends up feeling like a list of dos and don’ts? I was pleased to find out that while each myth may be controversial, they are verifiable by both statistical data and Biblical truth. Each myth also builds upon the previous ones, which really ties the book together. From “If I Had a Boyfriend I Would Be Happy” to “Serial Dating and Living Together Will Help Me Stay Married”, these myths are counterbalanced by truth in a loving way.

Because I’m guessing that at least a few teenage girls will end up reading this review, I’d like to recommend that they read this book as well. While it is geared towards parents of teen girls, everyone could glean something from this book. I actually noticed at my local bookstore that they accidentally displayed this book in the teen section instead of on the parenting shelf, so I guess I’m not alone in this! The 10 Myths of Teen Dating was written primarily by high school teacher Daniel Anderson, but also includes pieces by his daughter, Jacquelyn Anderson. Getting the “younger” take from her perspective made each chapter well-rounded. Even if girls end up not reading this book, it could still make a good gift for a parent. I promise that this parenting book isn’t filled with strict suggestions that will make your life miserable; honestly!

Daniel Anderson’s experience as a parent, teacher, and mentor of teens shines through in each personal example he gives. This includes mistakes he’s made that we can learn from! Whether your daughter has never been on a date or has made a series of poor choices when it comes to boys, The 10 Myths of Teen Dating can pick up wherever your family is!

Note: Girlz 4 Christ was provided with a complimentary copy of this book in order for us to be able to give this honest review. 

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Final Preview: Girlz 4 Christ Summer 2016

The Summer 2016 issue of Girlz 4 Christ is coming Monday! And we’ve jam-packed it with so much to check out!
Meet two of our international readers, from Italy and Australia.

 Get the inside scoop on new book releases, including Life Just Got Real by Sadie Robertson.

 Get some tips on how to deal with those awkward moments, including some of the G4C staff’s most embarrassing stories!

 Enter to win a copy of Kimberly Rae’s book, Abnormal Results.

 Learn the good of going to see a counselor and what to expect with your first appointment.

 Meet Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, a Christian woman who isn’t letting a missing eye or arm stop her from moving up in the world of fashion journalism!

 Find out more about Duck Dynasty’s youngest married couple with our exclusive interview with John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson!

 Find out if you should watch the newest documentary on Netflix, Poverty, Inc.

But you can only get all this and more when you subscribe to Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. Subscriptions are 100% free, so there shouldn’t be anything stopping you from clicking here and signing up right now!

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Pro Packing Tips

Happy summer! With a break from school and the normal routine, you may have some travel plans in the works. Are you having any travel challenges, such as figuring out where to go, how to budget, or what to pack?

Have no fear! Did you know that Girlz 4 Christ’s editor Jessica Lippe is also a travel writer? She keeps a travel blog called Jessica Lippe Uncommon Adventures. This week, she gave a sneak peek into something you’ll find in the Summer 2016 issue of Girlz 4 Christ. Check out her top pro packing tips by clicking here! In addition to this, the Summer 2016 issue will have other adventure-seeking articles such as how to shop for summer travel on a limited budget and interviews with Girlz 4 Christ readers around the world.

Have a great summer, and pleasant travels!

Don’t forget to snag a free subscription in time to read Girlz 4 Christ Magazine’s Summer 2016 issue, coming June 20th!

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Spa Night!

Turn an ordinary sleepover into a relaxing night at the spa! Here’s what you need to do:
1.      Get permission before you begin planning this night, and promise to clean up any messes you and your friends make.
2.      Remember that God made each of us just the way we are. The goal of spa night is to take care of the body that God has given us, so make an agreement not to criticize each other or yourselves.
3.      Decide on a few spa recipes to make. Pick them based on what they can do for your skin, or simply on whatever ingredients you have available. (Be sure to ask about allergies ahead of time and don’t make any recipes that your friends are allergic to!) Here are a few favorites!
 
Clay Mask: Bentonite clay absorbs grease and other toxins. Mix bentonite clay with water until it’s the consistency of toothpaste. You can also add a couple drops of tea tree oil if you’d like. Spread on your face, feet, or even hair! Wait until the clay dries and begins to crack, and then wash off.
Breakfast Facial: The nutrients from the most important meal of the day can provide vitamins for your face, too! Mix a quarter cup of dry oatmeal with a mashed-up banana. Add a few tablespoons of honey until the texture feels like something you’d like on your face. The great thing about this recipe is if you’re missing an ingredient, it’s okay to leave it out! Smear on your face and try to keep your facial muscles still for half an hour until you wash it off.
Foot Soak: Fill a plastic tub with water and one half cup of baking soda. Keep your toes in the tub for 15-30 minutes while the baking soda cleans your feet. After drying off, moisturize your feet and legs with olive oil, coconut oil, or regular lotion.
 
Hair Treatment: Keeping your hair conditioned can help it grow and prevent split ends and frizz. Take a handful of coconut oil and rub it onto clean hair. The amount of coconut oil you use will depend on your specific hair; if you have long or thick hair, you’ll use more than your friend with shorter or thinner hair. Once all of your hair is completely covered in oil, wrap it up in a turban or towel and keep it that way for at least an hour. (This is a great time to watch a movie or do another spa treatment, but make sure that your hair doesn’t fall out of the towel and soak through furniture!) Then shampoo and condition as you normally would, making sure to wash away all the coconut oil.
This is a preview of what you can expect to see in the Summer 2016 issue of Girlz 4 Christ Magazine. Click here to subscribe for free!