Honestly, we’re still getting started! Even though we began in 2005, this ministry has been a part-time endeavor and a labor of love for God and His people. We are a group of women who use the gifts God has given us to deliver training and encouragement to His children. We got started initially when the training company I (Nina) was working for offered me a position that would require tutors and baby sitters for my kids so I could manage more trainers and teach more classes. I was sensing that God had a different plan for me, and that NOW (2006) might be the time to give life to the dream He placed within me fifteen years earlier. I had deep desire to equip God’s people to “make a greater impact” in their circles of influence. So, I quit my job and started this ministry.
Early on, I sensed God’s leading to write Daughters of Sarah. The neat thing is that in doing this, He created within me a desire to “get it right at home.” The principles from that course helped create a right environment for our team. We put the needs of our team and their families ahead of the needs of the ministry – for example, I limit out of town speaking engagements to 4-6 times a year. We take time off in the summer. We try to be an encouragement to each other as friends first. This also fits with the Daughters philosophy, to encourage women to deeply connect with each other and do life together.
The Respect Dare evolved out of Daughters of Sarah, then our Strength & Dignity eCourse. Recently, we’ve moved into online live classes and life coaching.