When you think of girl scouts, what first comes to mind? Cookies!!! The Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, and Carmel Delights are a few reasons why we gladly hand over our dollar bills to such a wonderful cause! Right?! Well according to Emily and Olivia Dirks, they say that the Girl Scout cookies are only the beginning of how the Lord opens doors for them to learn about other cultures in the world!
Emily and Olivia Dirks are sisters that have grown up in Sioux City, Iowa where they have been the faithful Girl Scouts in charge of stocking Bread of Stone’s bus with Thin Mints! As the sisters learned more about Bread of Stone, they became intrigued with the idea of THE LIGHT PROJECT, and began asking their mom questions about what Bread of Stone does when they visit Indonesia! Through their excitement and enthusiasm, the Dirk sisters told their fellow Girl Scouts about how they could help girls their own age who work as Scavengers in Indonesia leading the members to choose THE LIGHT PROJECT to share about at International Girl Scout Day!
The girl’s asked Brittney Kristijanto (wife of Bill Kristijanto) to come and share with them about the ministry of The Light Project! They listened intently while Brittney spoke of the people she met who pick up trash for a living. She was able to share with the girls about the young girls that live at The Mercy House, and also teach the scouts how to make Indonesian fried rice, which they gobbled up!
After months of preparation it was time for the Scouts to present The Light Project as their personal project at International Girl Scout Day! The girls set up a booth with pictures of people from THE LIGHT PROJECT and gave out prayer cards that shared further information about Bread of Stone’s ministry in Indonesia. As a special treat they learned and sang the song “This is the Day” in the Indonesian language, and capped off the day by making Indonesian fried rice for everyone who attended the International Girl Scout Day! These girls found a way to share The Light Project while creating a Girl Scout Project of their own! The day was full of laughs and giggles, but most of all abundant in obedience as the Lord gave them yet another example of how radically He can use young willing hearts to not only touch a life in Indonesia; but to touch lives in their own hometown, as well.