For those of you who haven’t heard, we are opening a brand new camp this summer called WinShape Camps for Girls at Cohutta Springs.
This camping experience will be a one-week opportunity for girls who have completed grades 9-12 to experience authentic community, leadership development and spiritual formation in a beautiful, lakefront setting. The launch of this camp is one of our most exciting new adventures yet; if you are not already signed up, we have to ask the question, “what are you waiting for?!
Our team has spent the better part of the last fourteen months dreaming, designing and planning everything that this camping program will entail. It is always fun for us to meet the challenge of creating something brand new. When the creative minds on our team get together, we are often asking the question, “how can we do this differently than we have done it before?” Asking ourselves this question has been the launching pad for so many of the creative elements you experience at our different camp locations today.
The planning process for WinShape Camps for Girls at Cohutta Springs was no different. In fact, designing our focused worship element at Cohutta Springs was especially no different.
So today I am going to let you in on a little big secret. Are you ready?!? For the first time in WinShape Camps history, we are hosting Guest Speakers for each full week of camp. These wonderful ladies will be joining us for the entire week and will be bringing the message at our evening worship gatherings. How incredible is that?! We believe these worship moments will be extremely impactful for us all as we learn from women who specialize in teaching girls like us. We are confident that the Lord is going to use these women to encourage us to go deeper, learn more and challenge ourselves further.
So, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to our Guest Speakers for Summer 2016. Drum roll please . . .
Weeks 1 & 4: Annie Downs
Annie F. Downs is an author, blogger, and speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee. Flawed but funny, she uses her writing to highlight the everyday goodness of a real and present God. An author of three books- Let’s All Be Brave, Perfectly Unique, and Speak Love, Annie also loves traveling around the country speaking to young women, college students, and adults. Read more at anniefdowns.com and follow her on Twitter @anniefdowns.
Week 2: Jo Saxton
Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo Saxton has spread her message for the past twenty years across the UK and North America. Jo serves with a ministry called 3DM and she and her husband, Chris, have recently planted Mission Point Church, in the Minneapolis area. In addition to speaking around the world, Jo has written several books, such as More than Enchanting: Breaking Through Barriers to Influence Your World, High Heels and Holiness: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Living Life Well, Real God, Real Life. Jo’s message encourages people to engage in missional living and discipleship. Her message specifically equips women for leadership and influence and inspires all believers to engage the world in the same way God does—by going out rather than just reaching out. Jo loves running, good music, reading, and laughing loudly with family and friends over a great meal. Jo and Chris have two amazing daughters. Follow her on Twitter at @josaxton.
Week 3: Trudy Cathy White
Trudy Cathy White is the daughter of the late Jeannette and Truett Cathy, founder and chairman emeritus of Chick-fil-A, Inc. In 1985, the Cathys also founded WinShape Camps! Trudy has served as the Director of WinShape Camps for Girls since 2003, but her heart for serving, teaching, and leading young people extends well beyond that role. After twenty years of international missions, Trudy and her husband, John, co-founded Lifeshape which resources Impact 360 Institute and Lifeshape International. Trudy’s role as a wife, mother of four & grandmother of twelve fuels her passion to maximize her opportunity of influence through her commitment to obey God’s leadership, nurture family relationships, and promote godly character in the next generation. firstname.lastname@example.org
Week 3: Kelly Chadwick
Kelly never expected to call Atlanta, GA home, but after living in 9 states and 32 countries she is putting down roots right here in the south. With a background in youth ministry and international missions, she has travelled the world sharing the gospel and experiencing plenty of adventure along the way. She has a long history of speaking truth to women of all ages and loves seeing them come alive as they learn to hear the voice of God and believe what he says about them. She is a lover of all things handmade and DIY and is currently applying all of her HGTV education to her own home in Atlanta. Her one vice is Diet Coke, but she maintains she can quit anytime she wants.