Student sponsoring mother-daughter event at Ohio Township church to promote modesty
Natasha Plakosh said she believes God called her to organize a mother-daughter event at Christ Church at Grove Farm for her senior project in high school.
“Pure Freedom,” which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, will feature audience-interactive games, a modesty fashion show, live worship music by Stephanie Peters Martinez and a message from Dannah Gresh, best-selling author of “And the Bride Wore White” and “What are You Waiting For: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex.”
Gresh, of State College, has published books about abstinence, mother-daughter connections and modesty.
She also travels the country hosting events such as “Pure Freedom” and “Secret Keeper.”
Plakosh, a senior at Moon Area High School, said when she presented the idea of having the event at the church, members rallied around her, encouraged her and prayed for her.
Helen Reddy of Sewickley, a member of the Women's Ministry and a church staff member, said Plakosh wants to make a difference in the world.
“And she is well on her way to doing that by stepping out to do ‘Pure Freedom.'” Reddy said,
She loves the Lord, and she strives to serve him and honor him in every way possible.”
Plakosh, who attended a ‘Pure Freedom' event a few years ago, said she wanted to organize the event so that the “girls of Pittsburgh can hear (God's) truth and so they can live as the Godly women they were designed to be — free from how the world says they have to be.”
The event provides a place for mothers and their teens to start to be able to talk about purity, modesty and true beauty.
Plakosh said daughters should be able to go to their mothers to gain knowledge from their experiences in high school and how they dealt with boyfriends and what to wear to try to be beautiful.
“I've seen the brokenness in girls my age who walk around with their identities in guys, what they wear or how much attention they get,” she said.
“Young girls are living in a lie that Satan has devised for them, which is that their beauty has to be earned.
“The truth is that we are made beautiful from what Christ did on the cross for us. It is something that is a gift.”
That's where the modesty fashion show portion of the evening comes in, as ‘Pure Freedom' will present a line of outfits to demonstrate what is modest for teenage girls to wear today.
“It will show the audience that it is possible to dress modestly and respectably and still look fashionable and cute,” Plakosh said.
She said she first was introduced to Gresh's work when a friend left one of author's books in her mailbox.
In the book, “What are You Waiting For: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex,” Plakosh said Gresh explains why the Bible is relevant to the world we live in today.
“She explains why God created love, marriage and sex — to give his people an image of how he loves us and how intimate he wants to be with us.”
Plakosh said she had been praying for a few weeks for a senior project that would be a “big builder of Christ's Kingdom” when Pure Freedom leaders suddenly responded to an email church officials had sent months prior asking Gresh to present an event in the Pittsburgh area this spring.
“They got in touch with us out of the blue, and there ended up being space available in Dannah's tour schedule for us on April 20.”
Plakosh said through the process of planning the event, she has learned that “nothing is impossible through God.”
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.