Tyndale Graduate Launches Beauty Campaign
On Friday, November 26, 2010, recent Tyndale Seminary graduate Jenn Bodnar launched the first of several events, called “God Made Me Beautiful”, to teach and promote beauty from a biblical perspective. These youth events are aimed to address the issues of image and esteem with teen girls in the local community.
“God Made Me Beautiful was a night of ministering to young women…and a chance to reach these young ladies to develop confidence. It was incredible. I loved being able to connect with the girls, and hearing their stories, and giving them the chance to express themselves,” says Sharon Khan, Tyndale Seminary student and staff member, one of the many guest speakers at the event.
At the launch, God Made Me Beautiful provided girls grades six to twelve with manicures, beauty advice, a photo shoot, and an introductory bible study on beauty from God’s view. A panel of guest speakers shared their experiences with the young audience and sent them off with gift bags to bring home.
After the event, Jenn Bodnar was hopeful of the impact made on the girls. “It was wonderful to hear from parents that their young girls have begun to recognize God’s definition of true beauty, how they were made in His image and how much He loves each of them.”
Dr. David Sherbino, Director of Spiritual Formation at Tyndale and senior pastor of the church that hosted the event, is hopeful of the future of the program. “It is amazing to see Tyndale students coming together outside of class to voluntarily work on a community project like this one. It really tells you something about the relationships and friendships at Tyndale. I believe this may be something that can be potentially big across the city.”
Bodnar graduated from Tyndale Seminary in the fall of 2010 with a Master of Divinity in Spiritual Formation. For more information about God Made Me Beautiful or hosting an event in your own community, contact Jenn at bodnarjenni [at] mytyndale [dot] ca.