Creator of Boyfriend Bears: Madison Wiese
Hey, I’m Madison! I am “crazy” about many things especially: guitar, singing, photography, family, hanging out with friends, shoes, but most of all GOD! I have a heart for living a life of purity, serving others, and going on mission trips. My top three spiritual gifts are Missionary, Faith, and Encouragement.
The idea of Boyfriend Bears was inspired during my Never the Same Mission Trip to Ecuador summer of 2011! Dannah Gresh, one of the speakers on the trip, spoke about purity and I knew right then that this is what God wanted for me and I wanted it too! When I returned home I had an idea of creating a special bear to hug and cuddle while waiting for my future husband. I was so inspired to live a life of purity that I shared the idea with a couple of my closest girlfriends. We all decided to buy a special bear, make a purity pledge, and write a letter to our future husband which we stuffed inside our bears to give to our future husbands on our wedding day!
A few days later I attended The Global Leadership Summit at my church (it’s clear to me now why out of the blue I asked my mom to sign me up 3 months earlier…really? what 13 year old wants to sit for 2 days and listen to speakers?) During the summit I heard an inspirational message from a young pastor Steven Furtick who had started a church at age 16. I also heard Seth Godin, the author of the book “Poke the Box“, speak about encouraging people to “stop talking” and “to take action.” During the summit I prayed and told God that I knew I was young and not the most capable BUT was available and willing to dedicate my life to making a difference.
One of my favorite Bible verses and the theme verse for Boyfriend Bears is, “1 Timothy 4:12: Don’t let anyone look down upon you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
It’s been a little over 1 year now since Boyfriend Bears began. It has been, and will continue to be, a lot of hard work but I know that I am exactly where God wants me to be and He will provide all that I need to accomplish His work. It is such a dream come true for me to know what God wants me to do and to be obedient to His calling! I give GOD ALL the GLORY and hope that in some small way my story will inspire you to open your heart to God and ask Him how He wants YOU to make a difference.
I also thank my family and friends for their support and wanting to be a part of Boyfriend Bears.