She Will Rise, an amazing weekend centered around shared love for Jesus, brought 27 young women and teen girls together at the Arizona Women’s Retreat on October 13-15, 2017. She Will Rise highlighted testimonies from Giselle Ortiz and Keersten DeWitt, local young adult women who are pursuing God through dedicated service. Leslie Yotziry led the group through intimate prayer experiences which helped us to internalize and reflect on the themes of overcoming and perseverance brought up by our speakers. Brittney Cortez helped us open up by taking us through fun group activities. Together, attendees contemplated the humble, simple, and meaningful connections between the stories of Esther and Mary to our experiences with God. These women from the Bible were young, vulnerable, and brave in the midst of the challenges they faced. Prompted by discussion questions, girls shared amongst each other the value of being chosen by God to arise and shine, and dialogued about how these words of life shape our daily walk as young women.
The diversity in age and ethnic heritage of the YWE makes gatherings especially rich, full of insight and revelation of the things of God. Giselle and Leslie came to us with the leadership team from Holbrook Indian School, Imma, Nadia, and Alliance offered special music from the Ubumwe congregation, and everyone else represented churches and communities from all over our state. Learning from each other and participating in this shared calling of rising to serve is what makes this sisterhood a vital part of abundant life in Jesus.
AZ Young Women’s Experience is passionate about integrating and being inclusive of all young women, as well as bridging the gaps between generations. Blessings of coming together with the annual Arizona Women’s Ministry retreat multiplied, as attendees of both programs were able to come together for Sabbath afternoon activities like learning to play the Ukulele, worship and praise through Hula, hiking in nature, lei making, and learning foot massage. Sabbath blessings continued with a Luau banquet and program in which all were able to participate through sharing what they learned. The weekend culminated in a final message united with the adult women and an optional ride on the Camp Yavapines zipline.
Inspiring testimonies shared between sisters are what inspire the YWE to continue bringing young women together. The interactive and engaging design of the programs encourages girls to interact with each other, share in prayer, conversation, and deep spiritual thought. As a result, our young women have grown in their relationships with God. The community that is AZYWE welcomes all teen girls, young adult women, and mentors to join in conversation, sharing experiences, and building the kingdom of heaven. Thank you to our donors, coordinators, and contributors for making all of this possible. Visit the website for more information, to stay connected, and learn how you can be involved. azyoungwe.com
AZYWE is supported by AZSDAYOUTH and Arizona Women’s Ministry.
Article by Sarah Sykora and Jessie Giambra
Photography by Gabrielle Oase
A 3-day weekend retreat at Camp Yavapines in Prescott, Arizona.
“This event has been the highlight of my 1.5 years in Arizona! To see such unity and fellowship in young women, I have never seen before, and I was changed by what was shared in this sacred space.” – Aria
“Everything was sooo amazing I cant even describe it! =] Thx” -Nevaeh
“Wonderful program, interesting topics and new acquaintances make up a large part of my wonderful experience here.” -McKenna
The first ever Young Women’s Experience for young women all over Arizona. A gathering uniting the generations of women in Arizona in conversation, worship and interactive breakout sessions.