3513 Hard Scrabble Road
Columbia, SC 29223
9:15 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 12:15 am
Mentoring has surprised me in so many ways. I felt like God could use some of my experiences in the life of younger women, but I definitely did not feel qualified to be a mentor...I felt like I should _________ (fill in the blank here...be more spiritual, be more put together, have more Bible knowledge, etc.) to be a mentor. I didn't even really like the term "mentor" and what if she asked me a question and I didn't know the answer, or what if there was stuff in her life I was ill-equipped to handle?
The fear was real and it almost kept me from participating! Don't let Satan win that battle! It was SO worth it!
I went to the mentoring training hoping it might help me "be more qualified". I did learn and grow spiritually, emotionally and relationally from the mentoring training. One thing that really stood out to me was this recommendation:
Mentor out of your weaknesses and your failures more than out of your strengths and successes.
I realized it's a lot like coming to Christ. Sometimes people feel that they have to do certain things before they can begin a relationship with God. They try to behave better. They buy some new clothes to wear. They give money. But God just wants them, not the things they do. In mentoring, God works with and in both people (weaknesses, failures, strengths and successes). God works it to be a beautiful thing to share our days, our struggles, our successes, our prayers and our brokenness. We became sister-friends, knowing each other better and caring for each other at a deeper level. We gave each other flexibility, understanding and lots of grace! And God used who we really are and He used where we are in our own spiritual journeys, to bless the other (I think!) and to grow both of us. I am so thankful for the mentoring program at Sandhills and so thankful for the person who became my sister-friend through it.
I realize every mentoring relationship may not be like this, but I believe if you are willing to be a little transparent, willing to give a little time and to give grace to yourself and others, God will multiply what you give and really bless you and others! - Mentor
I don't know if I can find the words to adequately describe what a blessing this ministry has been to me! I KNEW that I needed a safe place for sharing my struggles. I KNEW I needed accountability. I KNEW I needed a prayer partner. I KNEW that God was tugging on my heart to find someone who could be these things for me. When I got the information about the Women's Mentoring, I signed up. I was very nervous initially. Who would I be matched with? Would I feel comfortable with her? How often will we meet? What happens when life gets crazy and I just can't find the time? What if I decide I just don't like it?
All of my doubts and concerns quickly went away after our first meeting. We talked forever, we had the same key chain and quickly became friends shortly after that. We have shared our lives with each other these last few months. Encouraging each other, praying for and with each other, studying and memorizing scripture, challenging each other, sharing cups of coffee and many laughs. My life has been enriched significantly for having this incredible woman of God a part of my life. I look forward to our meetings, even if it is just via phone. She's not only someone who can share her wisdom and life experiences for me to learn from, she's my friend. A true friend. I am so thankful I listened to the little tug on my heart. – Mentee
The study with Carmen last fall was awesome. I learned what a Godly woman really is and how to become one. Carmen is an excellent teacher. I enjoyed getting to know her and the other women.
My mentoring relationship was very fulfilling for both me and my mentee. We have a lot in common, so sharing my experience and knowledge with her was relevant. I didn't need to have all the answers; we would look to the word of God and the Holy Spirit for guidance. I think the mentoring program is a great way to get to know other women and build healthy relationships. - Mentor