A Story of Ohana


I’ve had the pleasure of being a youth leader since September 2022, walking with the Class of 2026 girls through all four years of high school with Alison Carlson. It is beautiful and inspiring to see how God is working through these young ladies - and us leaders - in this ministry!

In our first meeting together, we chose some ground rules for how we would treat each other, a name for the group, and the “vibe” we wanted for ourselves. It all came together beautifully: we call ourselves Ohana, the Hawaiian word for family.

The girls are growing in authentic faith as we meet each Tuesday.  They are eager to share about their week: struggles, trials, praises, and hopes. As we become more comfortable with each other, we become more vulnerable and share deeply. We love praying for each other through the celebrations and the challenges of life. Through it all, God receives more and more glory.

We also enjoy serving together. We recently arranged a sewing day with Stitching Sisters to learn to make pillowcases which were then donated to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. It was touching for all of us to come together and be a blessing to the children. Along the way, we built and nurtured intergenerational relationships and had a great time together.

It is my joy to serve in this ministry and to be encouraged and blessed by these sweet girls.

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