meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective) This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you're doing, whatever it may be.
tent (noun) A portable shelter, wherever it may be
We want girls and women to discover their true identity in Jesus and love Him with everything they have.
Meraki Tent is dedicated to helping girls and women discover their true identity in Jesus. We create our curriculum to allow our groups to discover for themselves how to love God with everything they have (their meraki).
We have 4 week DISCOVERY GROUPS where we present a variety of interactive, creative activities by combining God's Word with creative experiences.
We also partner with churches and creative arts centers in creating a unique program to meet their ministry goals through Meraki Tent curriculum, activities, and experiences.
With the imagery of being a tent and not a building, we come together in living rooms, dorm rooms, back yards, churches, shelters, and creative art centers.
To get a better understanding of our groups check out our blog in the menu section and click on the short video below.
Meraki Tent was born about seven years ago on a Sunday morning car ride to church. While in the car with my mentor, Win, we talked about creating a curriculum for women. In the days that followed we created five lessons focused on the book of John. We brought together the strength of Scripture and vulnerability of creativity. We wanted to communicate God’s irrevocable love, tenderness, and truth through an individualized approach. God worked very powerfully during those days, and we were overwhelmed by His kindness and faithfulness to not only the women we were coming alongside, but also to us.
Years passed, I hosted similar middle school, high school, college-age and women’s groups. Then Justin and I were given the incredible opportunity to start a nonprofit, with the support of a donor who would support part of our salary and start-up costs. They only asked us to follow what we believed God was calling us to do. Astonished, we lifted our hands and asked God to show us! We strongly felt God was calling us to continue what He had started on that ride to church so many years ago. We asked close family, friends, and mentors to pray that God would lead us. We appointed a Board of Directors, hired an accountant, and we began the official formation of the nonprofit, Meraki Tent. We are currently prayerfully and financially supported by Meadowbrook Church where our family attends, Acts Dance, along with several private donors.
We provide a curriculum that focuses on how God created us, God knows us, and God loves us. We have been able to serve over 200 girls and women through our 4 week long Discovery Groups, Summer Girls Clubs, 2 inner-city conferences and ministry at Acts Dance.