My START A DELIGHT STORY - Purdue University
Taylor started a Delight chapter at Purdue University in Indiana! Within her first couple of years, she faced immense adversity and did not feel welcomed by other ministries on her campus—but God put it on her heart to seek a group of girls that had Christ right in the center. She eagerly sought God’s heart and found it through Delight!
We recently had the opportunity to hear from Taylor about her journey of starting a Delight on her campus and are so excited to share with you!
Q: WHEN DID YOU START A DELIGHT CHAPTER ON YOUR CAMPUS?
A: I think it was November of 2017. I was all over it; it was exactly what I needed and wanted. I just couldn’t believe I found out about it when I did, it was such a gift from God.
Q: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO START A DELIGHT CHAPTER? HOW DID IT GET STARTED?
A: I was just praying for a community that I could get involved in. I was so alone and felt super ostracized from other Christians on my campus and was so confused thinking I wasn’t a good enough Christian, I was like Why don’t they like me? I was thinking this is so sad, why am I not welcomed in a Christian space? Wasn’t Christ the most welcoming person ever? I was really just so sad and lonely, but God really equipped me within the first two years [at Purdue], and it was just me and Him, which is so sad. I think we all crave community and friendship so much, like, we’re made for it. It’s hard to admit I was alone for two years, but during that time I got to know Him so well.
When the whole thing started, I was actually at U-Indy. I went to go see Jordan Lee Dooley speak there, and I had never heard of Delight before this. It was a total God thing… If I was on my phone or in the bathroom, I would have completed missed it. Supposedly Delight had brought Jordan to campus, no one really knew that; they just knew Jordan was going to be there. But someone got on stage and introduced Delight super quick, literally in one sentence. Immediately the girls I was with looked at me and I said, “don’t you worry, I’m doing it.” Ever since then it was really obvious: I think God talks to people in different ways. When I know it’s Him, I get so pumped up, no fear, this is what I need to be doing. So, I filled out the survey and talked to Kenz to get the rest of the steps.
Q: HOW DID YOU FIND OTHER WOMEN TO LEAD WITH YOU?
A: One of my first thoughts was who am I gonna take with me and bring up on leadership? Purdue is a huge school - 40,000 students. I’m a part of Greek life and I did not want it to be split up like between Greek life and the dorms. I thought why does this matter? This is not a 4-year thing, this is an eternal mission. God placed it on my heart: you cannot have your friends be on leadership with you. Every single person who was on leadership, I actually didn’t know ahead of time. They were friends of friends and had mutual friends on social media. I literally creeped on and slid into so many different girls’ DM’s and then met up with them— and the rest was history. God picked people from all over campus from all walks of life, and we all grew together, and it was so beautiful.
Q: HOW DID YOU GROW AS A LEADER AND WHAT DID GOD TEACH YOU THROUGH STARTING A DELIGHT CHAPTER?
A: If you’re having conflict on your team, please do not be surprised. A ministry is the exact opposite mission of what the enemy has in mind, and you have a target on your back. You are a literal light and kingdom maker. Your goal is so beautiful, pure, and holy. God wants us to be unified in a body of Christ, and when you get in a ministry or in a leadership position and start facing conflict and you’re like why is there conflict right now? I mean, you’re getting sinners together, trying to lead something that is supposed to be sinless, which is a very hard goal. Do not get upset by conflict, just focus on bringing girls from darkness into the light. Have some perspective, some wisdom, and know where it’s coming from.
Personally, I’ve learned to be transparent. Get it all out and talk about it! So we can be unified.
Q: WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF THE PROCESS FOR YOU? WHAT MADE THE HARD THINGS WORTH IT?
A: Honestly, the hardest part was working through the school and getting it set up. We had to have a full-time faculty [member] that was willing to be our advisor. It took a lot of creativity and innovation. I went to churches and said, “do you know anyone who would want to do this with me.” They gave me the name of [a woman] and she is just absolutely incredible. That something I was really praying for: I wanted to be led by somebody. And now she disciplines me.
Q: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE GIRL WHO FEELS CALLED TO START A CHAPTER BUT IS AFRAID SHE ISN’T THE GIRL FOR THE JOB?
A: The Lord does not give you a spirit of fear but a power of love and a sound mind. Fear does not come from God. If you’re afraid, welcome to the club. Don’t even try to use fear as an excuse. If you’re called to something and don’t feel qualified, please read any story in the Bible, in the old testament, about the prophets. Not one of them felt qualified.
Q: HOW ARE THE WOMEN ON YOUR CAMPUS BEING IMPACTED BY THIS MINISTRY?
A: They are impacted by having a group of people to come to and be vulnerable with. Our chapter has focused so much on God and Christ’s individual relationships with each person and His word this semester. We made opening our Bibles a priority: you know… you’re not gonna scare people with God’s word. He will speak to them and will do it way better than we can. These women are starting to understand that their hearts are temples of the Holy Spirit and that they truly carry the God of the universe in them.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT DELIGHT?
A: The friendships. From the girl who had nobody until her junior year of college, and to have God just completely change things around, that’s absolutely beautiful and earth shattering. He delights when girls are all together and in fellowship with one another.
My chat with Taylor was a blessing within itself. Hearing how God brought Taylor from an extremely lonely place into beautiful fellowship on the Purdue campus was inspiring and a great reminder of how GOOD He is!
Thank you, Taylor, for sharing your story with me and for inspiring future Delight leaders!
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About the Author
Hey sister! I’m Mallorie Shearer. I’m from Marion, Indiana but am finishing up my last year of college in Indianapolis. Aside from my love for Jesus, some my favorite things include coffee, good books and podcasts, time outside, and writing! Writing serves as my creative outlet and is one of the best ways I can express how God is working in my heart. What I treasure the most is my worship time, which is usually (oddly) during my jogs, in church, or around a circle with some of my closest sister friends. I also love to lead bible studies and serve on many different leadership teams, hoping to reflect Jesus’s heart as much as I can!