I'm posted the ones with me in them, primarily for my parents who want to know what I was doing while I was home in Ohio and yet not with them for several days! Look mom, I really was at a conference! ;p You can also check out more pictures and videos under #genreal on Facebook and Instagram!
|Ice breakers in our rubber boots! We broke it down to the song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams! (Mom, I'm the one in the white sweater)|
|Ah, the set was gorgeous.|
|A skit called "The Father's Love." Such powerful words. |
I'm on the far left, Marchelle is in the middle, and Sierra is on the right.
|A skit called "Wash Feet." Jamie is on the far left, I'm in the middle, and Hope is on the right.|
|Abby and Hope rocked this skit called "God Doesn't Like Me."|
|This is me looking at some sort of paper while directing people around. It was nice of them to listen to me!|
|Our AMAZING drama team! These ladies blessed me so much. Together, we were apart of 13 skits!|
|This is our conference team minus the tons of behind-the-scenes workers who did an incredible job! |
Things I learned from Genreal:
-I will likely never spell the word "general" correctly ever again.
-There are some people in this world that you can go 5 years without seeing or talking much with, then pick up right back where you started, like no time has elapsed at all. I'm lucky to have those people in my life.
-God works in miraculous ways. And His ways are not our ways. We did the very best we could. We forgot lines, missed steps, got sick, ran around trying to remember when and where we entered and exited, what scene was next, ultimately to creatively communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ. We had some mess ups. At times our 'mistakes' actually communicated better. That's the coolest thing about ministry. It's not about getting it all down perfectly, because God will use whatever He wants to use to draw people to Himself.
-I never want to be in the tech booth. Most. Stressful. Job. Ever. *Standing ovation for all tech people everywhere*
-Women can get along. There were a lot of us. And we had a couple of really long days together. We were tired. And we still got along. When people annoyed each other, we made it right and moved on. Because we had a central purpose. So cool.
-There was a lot of really great teaching at the conference and the biggest thing that I took away was how important it is for people to know that you are for them. Especially my family, primarily my husband, then my daughter, my friends, those I disciple/counsel. They need to know I'm their biggest cheerleader. I hope to prayerfully grow in this area.
Here are the upcoming conference dates. If you live close to either of these areas and work in youth ministry, are a teen, or a momma of a teen girl, I highly recommend checking it out!