Our first EVER Fresh Grounded Faith conference during a worldwide pandemic is a wrap—and what an amazing experience it was!
We all showed up wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from each other but, girl, we all felt seen, known, and connected.
I’ve got to be honest, we had so many plans, changes, tweaks, modifications, new plans, and plan B’s that I wasn’t going to believe we were actually able to meet at Rocky Mountain Christian Church until the heels of my red cowboy boots were digging into that holy ground!
But God opened that door and we gathered on-site and online for our first-ever live and virtual event.
The volunteers made it happen. They did a million things to make women feel safe and welcome! The product team all wore gloves and masks to make certain that we were going the extra mile to protect our sisters. The volunteer entrance team took temperatures, and the registration team offered masks to the attendees who may not have brought one.
So, 150 beautiful and courageous women entered the building and socially distanced in a 1,000-seat auditorium. Normally FGF would have filled every one of those seats. It was so odd having so few women spread out in such a big place. But God’s Spirit filled every inch of that building.
There were also nearly 400 ladies watching virtual. Our team member, Whitney, and her team of volunteers were rock stars answering all the questions, praying with those online, and giving out Scripture.
The women gathered to hear what it meant to “Take Courage,” which they had already applied as they sat in their seats. Young and old were represented equally. Makes me tear up just imagining the smiles on their sweet faces underneath those masks.
And, I just must shout out to Terrie Bitter, FGF National Conference Director, her husband, Jimmy, and my sweet husband, Dr. Phil … those people worked tirelessly—though I think they actually were exhausted—to do what it took to bring FGF to Longmont.
And, our Local Conference Coordinator, Donna Sisler, and the team from Rocky were absolute rock stars. Pastor Amanda, Ron, and Shaun had the can-do spirit and “whatever you need” attitudes that made every complicated thing simple and all the hard parts easier. They bring glory to God.
Over the last few months, I wondered more than once if we should go through with the FGF during a global pandemic. I prayed. The team prayed. The churches prayed. Well, God answered those prayers with a big yes this weekend. Here’s why FGF came to Longmont during a global pandemic:
- 9 women gave their hearts to Jesus! They were born again into a living hope that will never perish! We have 9 new sisters in Christ. Praise the Lord!
- 12 women got Fresh Starts. These are precious sisters who chose to renew their commitment to Christ!
- And, 16 children were released from poverty in Jesus’ Name because women who were a part of FGF Longmont sponsored them through Compassion International. Yes!!!
Thank you, Jesus, for the decisions made during this COVID-complicated conference and for showing us that you are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
You are our Rock and our Fortress, and we can always trust in You! You are an ever-present help in times of trouble. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, but You, Lord, have come to give life and give it abundantly.
Thank you for the abundance of new sisters and all those that will be impacted for eternity. Thank you, Lord, for always working, never stopping until the last soul comes home. How we love You! Amen.
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