By Beverly Keller
Seeing a need and filling it. That is the story behind the work of Tori Deam and the creation of Sanctuary 12:2.
Based on a Bible verse that has been a big part of Deam’s life, Romans 12:2, the website is a place where she hopes young girls can find a positive message of hope. “Romans 12:2 says, ‘Do not conform to the behaviors and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think, then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good, and pleasing, and perfect,’ and girls need to know that,” Deam said. “Girls of all ages, but especially those in Middle School need to know that.”
She noted that today’s teens are spending more time in front of a screen than ever before. “There is nothing positive there for the most part,” Deam explained.
The content is updated with monthly pdfs that can be used in a Bible Study format individually or as a group. There are also testimonies from women throughout the area about what it was like growing up. In addition, there are messages, links, and resources as well as a spot for parents.
Deam noted that she had tossed the idea of a website around for quite some time before feeling God’s push to make it happen. “I really hope that the site can help start conversations,” Deam stated. “Girls need good role models and good friends. My hopes for this blog is that it will be a place to find helpful content that will empower and encourage girls to stay connected with Christ while they conquer the difficult task of being a teenage girl in our ever-so-broken world.”
She noted that as the sheer amount of negativity on social media continues to grow, the need is great to offer an alternative. “I have been where they are,” she said. “Fourth grade through eighth grade were some of the most challenging times of my life. Between mean girls, stressing over school work, parent troubles, arguing with my siblings and even experiencing ‘love’ for the first time, boy do I have stories to share.”
Ultimately, Deam would like to see an event of some kind develop as a result of the website. “I think that by partnering with other groups who are working to impact young girls in our area, it could happen,” she shared.
“I may not be an expert, but I am here to say I survived,” Deam stated. “God has laid this project on my heart and I am excited to equip others with scripture and confidence that they need to experience happiness unknown through a relationship with our Heavenly Father.”
Check out Deam’s website at sanctuarytwelvetwo.wixsite.com/blog
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