Friday, April 11, 2008

A HUGE Success...

As this title suggests, last night was a HUGE success.

Between 300 and 350 came to the Women of Worth Spa Night event.

The ladies were so appreciative, and we were able to have some wonderful conversations. We even had a visit from Dr. Annie Sprinkle herself. The ladies thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The big day...

The rain is pouring and three of our volunteers won't be able to make it, but I'm excited!

Today is the day, and 195 women have RSVP'd as of this morning. WoW!

We still have some major safety concerns, so I ask that you continue to pray. I am now aware as to who is responsible for the poster fiasco and have heard that these ladies may be attending tonight's event. We have taken the necessary precautions, and we are just praying that the Lord will put a hedge of protection around us tonight and allow us to celebrate these women and their worth in Him.

I leave you with this sweet note (written to Heather) from Christian author, Joshua Harris:


Thanks so much for the comment and for sharing your story on your blog. I'm so grateful for you and the ladies involved with Women of Worth. Please let them know how much I respect the way they're shining forth the gospel at Northwestern.




Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Last minute call for help!

Tonight, three of our volunteers had to cancel for tomorrow. If you are able and willing to come down to Evanston tomorrow night to fill in...we really need the extra help! Men or women, we can use you! We need people to be on clean-up duty so that our ladies can focus on spa services, we need people to help at the prize table, and we need people to help out with paraffin treatments. In addition, if you know of anyone who might be willing to come and do hair styling on the fly, please let us know!

If you would like to come down and help, please email us at with your name and contact info.



A new day...

This morning I checked to see how many ladies have pre-registered for Spa Night.

Drum roll, please...

176 ladies!

And again I say, "WoW!"

Tomorrow night, we will be handing out pamphlets to each lady in attendance, and atleast 176 women will receive this message:

Dear ladies,

Welcome to the second annual Women of Worth Spa Night! We are so glad you’re here.

At last year’s event, several women asked me, “Chelsea, why are you doing this?” The answer is simple: you’re worth it. As women of worth, the value we place on ourselves is nothing compared to the value placed on us by our Creator. I truly believe that each and every one of you is a woman of worth in God’s eyes.

I want you to know that tonight’s event is only made possible through the donations of Christians all over the country. The people and businesses who have so generously donated their time, money, and services for tonight have done so because they too believe that you are wonderfully made and that you are precious in God’s sight.

Tonight, we are here to celebrate you. We are here to embrace and preserve the wonderful gift of womanhood that has been bestowed upon us, and we hope that you thoroughly enjoy yourselves. Thank you for are totally worth it!

Embracing and Preserving Our Womanhood,


I cannot tell you how excited I am!

I don't know if I'll have time to write before tomorrow night, so I want to take the time now to thank you for your prayers and support and to ask you for your continued prayers.

In these last hours, please pray for the following:

1) Praise God for creating us in His image
2) Praise our Heavenly Father that we are able to find out worth in Him!
3) Praise God for taking care of our every need
4) Pray for safety in travel
5) Pray for the women in attendance
6) Pray that God will allow for opportunities for our volunteers to speak truth to these women
7) Pray for the women not in attendance. Pray that God will soften their hearts and that they, too, will realize that they are women of worth.
8) After yesterday's poster fiasco, we have legitmate concerns about the safety of the young women participating in tomorrow's events. Pray that the Lord will protect all the women involved and will keep us safe.
9) Continue to pray for the future of Women of Worth. Pray that the Lord will rise up women to lead this organization in the coming years.
10)Pray that the Lord will allow the Spa Night to run smoothly, and pray that we will never take our eyes off of Him. Pray that all glory and honor will be given to Him.

What an exciting month it has been for us! I am so glad to have been able to share this journey with you all. I cannot wait to tell you all about it!

Embracing and Preserving Our Womanhood,


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Not for little eyes...

I received a phone call this morning.

"Chelsea, it's John. I just wanted to give you a head's up before you went outside...someone has done something to your Women of Worth posters. I don't think you'll be too happy."

I called my mom so that I could stay calm when I saw what they had done. And boy was this one a biggie. As I walked around campus, I found flyers covering all of the flyers that I had posted on Monday. Each one had a picture of a combat boot instead of our signature high heel. They read:

"Womyn of Worth...being a womyn of worth doesn't mean you have to wear stupid f***ing high heels or go to a wacka** spa night! Amen....F*** macho bulls*** forever...because you're worth it."

I have tried to censor as much as possible for little eyes.

When I called the Student Affairs office they actually said to me, "Honey, it's probably just some neighborhood kids."

Yes, that's what it is. A bunch of 15 year old kids had the time and money to design these oh-so-clever flyers, run to Quartet Copies to print off 50 copies, and flyer in the middle of the night. Makes perfect sense.

Judicial affairs was a little more understanding. I spoke to a very nice man who said that if he only knew who was responsible, he could do so much more. As it stands, I guess I don't have too many options.

"Consider it pure joy..." These words keep ringing in my head. Let us rejoice that we have spoken out boldly enough for Christ that people have taken notice! Let us rejoice that our God is in control! Beloved, let us rejoice!

A successful evening

Last night, Heather 'Paulsen' Patenaude came to speak about her book, Emotional Purity. I was really worried about the turn out, but God, as always, had everything under control. Twelve (12) women came, and we received very positive feedback. "It was just so...refreshing," one of the girls wrote me afterwards. The girls asked lots of questions, and everyone was so excited when we handed out free copies of Heather's book.

Thanks for your prayers.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Emotional Purity

Tonight, Christian author, Heather 'Paulsen' Patenaude will speak on her book entitled Emotional Purity at 7:30 PM. Please pray for Heather as she travels to Northwestern, and please pray that the Lord will bring ladies to this event. The response hasn't been great so far, and she has such a wonderful message to share.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

What we're up against...

Please be advised...the following may not be appropriate for little eyes.

I just received a schedule for Sex Week 2008. Here's what's going on Thursday night during the Women of Worth Spa Night Event:

Dr. Sprinkle is in!
Women’s Center
Meet and greet with artist/sexologist, Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D. Stop by and visit with this unique, wise woman in an intimate, informal setting.You can:- Bring your work to share with her. - Receive a quickie sex life tarot reading from Annie- Ask Annie any questions you have about sex, or art, or love, or whatever. No questions are off limits!- Interview or just chat with Annie- Just come say hello- Have a cup of tea and peruse her books and DVDs- Ask Annie for advice- Teach Annie something!For over a quarter of a century, Annie Sprinkle has explored sexuality in all of it’s most glorious (and inglorious) forms. From her beginnings as a sexually curious sex worker to her evolution as a groundbreaking performance artist and sexologist, she has shared what she has learned through filmmaking, writing, photography, visual art, teaching workshops. She’s done theater and performance art about her life around the world for twenty years. For more about Annie visit, and

You’re Worth It! Movie Night with Annie Sprinkle
7:00 PM
Tech LR 5
The famous psychiatrist Wilhelm Reich said, “The orgasm is no longer a mere biological function used in procreation, nor the side effect of casual pleasure… It is the very center of the human experience and ultimately determines the happiness of the human race.” Annie will screen her latest film, Annie Sprinkle’s Amazing World of Orgasm. It’s an experimental documentary and poetic homage to the Big O featuring interviews with 26 orgasm experts. READ: Artistic sexually explicit documentary. This film explores how to tackle a subject such as orgasm as an artist, and is a collage of artistic work otherwise known as edu-porn or as an alternative sex film. The film is one hour, then there will be a fun and informative conversation. After you see this colorful, educational, thought provoking, sometimes sexy, film, you will very likely see your own orgasms in a new light!

The Sex Week Carnivale
Come See What’s Under Our Tent Tonight
9:00 PM
Patten Gym

Come one, come all to the Sex Week Carnivale. Step inside our big top and try your hand at fun, kinky games cooked up by the frats… you might just win one of our many prizes from local sex toy shops or our sponsor, Trojan. Student groups will also compete against each other: the group with the most carnival-goers will win our grand prize! The Sex Week Carnivale: all the fun of a sexually-charged circus… minus the carnies. Co-Sponsored by the Interfraternity Council and Trojan Brand Condoms.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Three more join the ranks

We have three more "WoW Warriors" who have decided to join us for the spa night. I received word this week that we have secured a hair stylist, another makeup artist, and another masseuse for our spa night. WoW!

I was talking to a gal out in Virginia last night about an internship that I might be doing out there, and halfway throught the conversation she paused and said, "Wait...are you the Women of Worth girl?" I laughed, "Why yes I am." When people call me that, I was always think of the Morton Salt girl for some reason. Then she told me that she had graduated from Northwestern five years ago, and we talked about how hard it is to be a Christian on this campus. She said she wished WoW had been around when she was here. She asked me about the spa night and about how I got started with it in the first place, and I told her the story. "It's bigger than I could have ever imagined," I said. "I started out last year trying to put together a small-scale event for 10-20 girls. But I guess God had different plans for me." Yesterday was a tough day, and when I spoke to this woman, my conversation with her reminded me that I am mere clay in the Potter's hands. When I'm making dozens of calls each week and checking hundreds of emails and going back and forth with catering managers about linens and candles, I sometimes want to say, "Lord, I seriously only wanted to do this on a small-scale." Even when I think I have enough people and items and prizes and funds, God just keeps on saying, "No, I think I'll make it just a little bit bigger." When people ask me how I manage to raise all this money and secure all these specialists and wrangle in all these volunteers, the only answer I can give is "It's God." It's totally God. And it's only by his grace and through the love of his people that I am able to offer this alternative to the women of Northwestern.


Praise God for his provision!
Please pray for our WoW warrior who is having surgery this morning.
Please pray that the weather holds up as we flyer the campus.
Please pray for me as I am trying to juggle WoW with the first week of Spring Quarter classes.
Please pray for the women who will be attending next week's events.