It is my privilege today to introduce you to Weused2bu.com, a great website for those girls in their teens and twenties, although many readers are older and an occasional male drops by. Lisa Colon and her sister-in-law run the site. I have been privileged to be a part of this ministry with a monthly column.
To give you a little background on the site, here’s an interview with Lisa…
*How did you get started in this ministry?
One day, my sister-in-law Doree and I were discussing an incident that involved a young girl who was drunk. She said that the girl was beautiful and seemed to be craving attention. Doree said that she wanted to hug the girl and encourage her.
Around this time, the news carried a story about a group of young girls that lured another teenage girl into a house and savagely beat her up. I was so disturbed by the images. I began to tell Doree to imagine a place where these girls could go to get godly advice and encouragement. Even if they decided to go against the advice, at least the seeds would be planted.
I had just learned how to create a blog and I suggested that we start one and reach out to girls on MySpace letting them know that we were there if they needed advice or encouragement. We named the ministry WeUsed2bu because the women of WeUsed2bu have something in common with these girls. At one time, we used to be where they are at today.
*Were there any events in your life that sparked your desire to reach out to other young women?
Yes…my life from age 13-24. It was really crazy! I should write a book. Lol..I will one day.
I used to be just like those girls. I was angry and violent, looking for a fight to vent my inner turmoil. I did not hear the Word of God because my parents were not Christians. I never received godly counsel from anyone until I was way into my destruction path. When I ended up in jail, I finally realized that I was not alone. I cried out to God and He changed me.
Then, the Lord allowed me to see that He would use this time to teach me. He allowed me to see that I had been consecrated to Him and that He had a plan for my life. He wanted to use me to teach other girls that He is with them and He is waiting on them to surrender to His will so that He can do great and mighty things through them.
*What are your concerns for these young girls? What would you like to tell them?
I want to help these young women so that they do not do what the old me did.
I am concerned that the world has them deceived. Their self image is all messed because they think that they have to look like Barbies or Bratz to be beautiful. They abuse their bodies to be thin.
I want to let these girls know that the peace that they long for and the joy that they seek are found in a true relationship with Jesus Christ. I want them to know that He is real and so are the consequences that result from their rebellious or selfish nature. I want them to know that God has a wonderful plan for their lives and that serving Him is full of excitement and reward.
We all have troubles too but we are not without hope. I want them to know that our hope is in Christ, that we are never alone, and that He gives peace in the middle of storm.
*Does prayer play a role in what you do?
Oh, yes! I would not be able to do what I do if it weren’t for prayer. I pray in the Spirit and I pray with my understanding. That is where my strength comes from.
*What are some of the main topics that concern these young women?
We will talk to them about whatever they want to talk about. Their questions are mainly about relationship problems. All different type of problems from finding out their boyfriend isn’t pure to having problems with the boyfriend’s ex-wife or “baby mama” as the girls say.
We talk about sex, drugs, addictions, cutting, suicide, masturbation, pornography, and so many other tough issues. The girls are happy that we are open to discuss these issues without judging them. Also, they seem encouraged to see that other people are struggling with these but are overcoming them through faith in Christ Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.
These young girls are also obsessed with Twilight the vampire love story. We get a lot of opposition on this because we have chosen to unveil the lies about the movie.
We share own experiences and we always bring them to what the Word of God says on the subject.
*What dreams or visions has the Lord put on your heart for the future of WeUsed2bu?
We would love to publish a book of our questions and answers. We want to do it in a magazine style so it is more interesting with the colors and images. Part of the vision is to have conferences, ministry events, and maybe one day have a home for single mothers or young women trying to straighten out their lives.
We want to do whatever the Lord wants. If He will provide, then we will do whatever He asks us to do. This is His ministry not ours. We are just His handmaidens.
~~Amen, Lisa! Readers, if your heart has been touched, visit Lisa at WeUsed2bu.com I pray the Lord will lead you to help out in some way…prayer being the greatest gift!