On Saturday, April 24 2010, I decided to do something that both terrified and excited me- I wanted to be brave, I wanted to challenge the status quo, I wanted to live outside of my comfort zone in radical faith. I wanted nothing less than all that God had for me, and I wasn’t going to allow fear to stand in my way any longer… I applied for the Miss British Columbia pageant.
After get accepted into the pageant, spending four weeks teaching English in Guatemala, and returning to Canada for the whirlwind of planning a benefit concert and community carnival for Cops for Cancer (www.cancer.ca), I was finally ready.
On July 2nd, 2010 I walked through the doors at the Chief Sepass Theater and boldly prepared to face the future ahead of me, whatever was in store. The pageant weekend was a blur of ettiquette classes, self-defense training and public speaking workshops with endless hours of dance rehersals and last minute preparation for the big show on the final night.
Sunday, July 4th 2010 finally arrived… and to my suprise, I felt completely at peace. I knew that God was entirely in control and no matter the outcome, I would be His ambassador regardless.
46 girls stood on that stage at the Chief Sepass Theater in Fort Langley, then the Top 12 were narrowed down… my heart fluttered but God was in control.
6 other beautiful and talented young women from across the Province gracefully received their Tiaras and Sashes representing their regional titles.
Finally, every step that has been placed before me since God first put the childhood dream of pageantry in my heart made sense. I was announced “Miss British Columbia 2010” and although there were many people to thank, I knew it was God who made things happen.
You see, some times we don’t understand why things happen to us in the way that they do. I had always been disappointed that I moved to Langley the same year that I would have had the opportunity to be part of the Miss Powell River pageant as a teenager. Being part of the small town pageant was my dream, but God had planned something bigger. Now I am Miss British Columbia and I represent, not only the small coastal town of Powell River but the entire Province as well!
So don’t ever allow fear to force you to compromise in who you are and all that God has planned for you. Prepare yourself for big things because we have a BIG God.
This next year is going to be a busy year of change and influence. For the first time in history, a Christian girl has carried the title of Miss BC and I know that God has placed me in this position for a purpose.
I invite you to become active participants in this journey. Join with me as together we launch a revolution of love and justice in Canada and throughout the entire world. We WILL make a difference.
Tara Teng, Miss BC 2010
“Lord I want to feel your heart
and see the world through your eyes.
I want to be your hands and feet.
I want to live a life that leads;
To see you set the captive free
Until the whole world hears.”
— Casting Crowns