December 16, 2014

God Moments-The Increase Conference PAO

Two weeks ago, Chris and I spent a week worshipping beside 300 professional baseball players and their families.  We heard messages from David Platt, Francis Change, and others.  We were led in worship by David Crowder and The Katinas.  And God moved in us and through us all week.

I've spent the last two weeks trying my best to process everything that the Lord stirred in my heart while we were in Colorado.  And honestly, I don't think I've gotten my head around it all yet.

The Increase Conference is hosted by Professional Athletes Outreach (PAO).  They host an NFL and MLB conference each year.

To give you a rundown of the conference, we were there for 4 days.  Each morning we were there we started with a Bible study led by David Platt, and then had breakfast and a morning session with worship and a message.  We also had core groups that we met with throughout the conference.  I loved all the ladies in my core group! It is always so good to talk to women that have lived this life much longer than me and see that they are still alive...I'm kidding, but not really.  We had workshops we could choose to go to the two full days we were there.  I went to the Women's workshop led by Gari Meacham on Wednesday, and Chris went to the Finance workshop.  There will be a whole post dedicate to what all I learned from Gari.  Her message was one that I think any woman needs to hear, not just baseball women! On Thursday, Chris and I both went to the Marriage workshop and it was wonderful! After free time in the afternoon, we had an evening session with worship and another message.

We were literally poured into all day, and it was so good.  But I think it was the general consensus of everybody there that our brains were fried in the best way possible.

We heard from different organizations as well throughout the conference.  One of those being the International Justice Mission (IJM).  IJM works to end slavery around the world, and the work they are doing is amazing.  Gary Haugen showed us undercover videos of raids that IJM led to free slaves and told us stories of real people that have lived in slavery.  He showed us videos of children being rescued out of brothels.  Something changes when you see real people being used as slaves.  It becomes more than just a problem somewhere else, but a problem you want to help fix.  There are more slaves right now than any other time in history.  Let that sink in.  More on this to come, but it was one of the many things that stirred out hearts.

We also heard from the Seed Company that is working to translate the Bible into languages that do not have a Bible translation.  How sad is it that I've never thought about the Bible not being translated in every language.  That there are so many people in this world that have never read the Bible because it isn't in their native language.  Jesus becomes a friend, not a foreigner, when we give people the Bible in their own language.  Just another example of how God stirred my heart.

This doesn't even begin to get into the ways the Lord used the messages from Francis Chan and David Platt.  But this post would turn into a complete novel if I went there.  I'm sure those messages will begin to appear in writing once I process what all the Lord has to say.

To any Professional Baseball family, The Increase Conference is December 1-4 next year in Atlanta.  Please go sign up right now.  It will seriously be the best thing you could do for your faith, marriage, and career.  You can sign up here.  Chris and I won't miss a conference from now on if it is in our control!

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