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Saturday, March 30 2013

Well, I am not posting pictures right now but I do want to quickly write what’s been going on this past week. Our Bible study group has been participating in Holy Week. Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday but Monday through Thursday, we have been learning and experiencing what happened the week before Jesus was resurrected.

Monday night, we had a foot washing service. I can tell you that if I would have announced what the night was about prior to the women coming…I do not think many women would have attended! It was an experience. It was not as uncomfortable performing the foot washing for me as telling the women about it.

Tuesday night, we discussed the difference between Peter and Judas. The teaching time was very lively and I ran out of time. We also participated in Communion together.

Tonight, I finished up the teaching from last night. It led into the questions between Once Saved always Saved or Can you lose your salvation? We covered a lot of verses and had wonderful discussions. Then, we defined and talked about the history of Holy Week. One of the gals asked if this week was necessary today? Because the message of the Gospel was orally passed down for years, it is amazing to see how well the stories have been preserved. I also like how closely Lenten is to the Scriptures. We closed out by stating the 7 statements from the Cross and ending with IT IS FINISHED in total darkness. Each women left in silence! It was again, an experience more than a teaching. I am looking forward to hearing what the women thought of the night’s service.

Tomorrow’s teaching…”Why the Cross?” And then two of our girls are getting baptized. One gal just came to Christ at the Conference. The other gal was baptized as a baby and would like to make the confession of her faith public now.

Any questions? I would love to hear from you or your thoughts about the week.


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Saturday, March 16 2013

It’s been one week since the Power of Friendship Conference. Every day since the conference, I have thought about writing a blog and every day my thoughts have been scattered and I have been tired.

Doing this event every year is like preparing for a wedding. However, there is no honeymoon and there are evaluation cards. Thankfully, the evaluations were wonderful. But we do the event to honor God not man. Was God pleased? Well, we had at least 45 first time commitments to Christ and hundreds of women came to the front to recommit their lives to the Lord’s will for them.

During the day, we highlighted two ministries to bring awareness, potential volunteers and financial support. We collected $4030 which was divided in half and given to each ministry.

I think this was the first year that immediately after this event both Bobbye and I both agreed to do the event again next year. We met with KPRZ’s team yesterday and they too agreed that they want to be our partner again for next year.

Please hear me because I really need to say a few things from “the behind the scenes” perspective to help those who step out. If you step out in obedience to God, the calling tends to affect others– not only you. As a result, the very task you were asked to do through the Spirit of God can cause huge disappointments and even confusion and frustration to you.

Why? Well, it’s like being a friend of God. Abraham did not realize he was a friend of God. Others told us like Isaiah and James, not Abraham. If anything, Abraham struggled with God’s ways like with the timing of Isaac’s birth and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Moses was called a faithful servant of God. He spent a lot of time with the Lord but it was about reverence and obedience, not really friendship.

Today, Jesus calls us friends. We are friends with God but that does not mean that the work of God seems very friendly in our lives at times. We love the Lord so we want to serve Him but serving Him can bring confusion, hurt, disappointment and tears. Many times, those emotions are generated by the very people you stepped out in obedience and faith to help. There were some friends of ours who could not come that day. It hurt. There were some members of our team who wanted more from us than we could give. That hurt.

I am saying…just because you know what God wants of you does not mean that He has given that revelation to others. We need to be obedient to God and leave the results to Him. We will stand before the Lord alone some day. We need to make sure we are living to please Him alone too.

Thank you to all who attended. Thank you to June Hunt and Ron Walters who traveled very far to be with us that day. June, you were wonderful. Thank you to KPRZ, Leah Gowin, Deanna Ramsay, Crimson Bridge and your honesty…Carol LeBeau. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers. We could not have done it without you! And thank You Lord for giving us the strength, courage and tangible fruit as an encouragement to continue in doing this work.  In Jesus name alone, we pray…we hope… and we move on.

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Tuesday, March 05 2013

Every year, the conference stories are amazing that I am surprised to be surprised by them again. This year, I have answered our secondary line a lot so I have had the privilege of hearing the testimonies from previous years first hand.

A woman called in to buy 5 tickets for the Power of Friendship Conference and told me how the previous conferences created long lasting friendships for her. She then told me this amazing story that 3 years ago she had attended the conference. At that conference, we were promoting a retreat at Forest Home the following month. The woman said to me that she was going through a horrible divorce and did not have the money to attend but definitely had the desire! So she walked to the retreat table in the lobby and said to the volunteer, “I want to go but I cannot afford it.” The stranger standing next to her said, “How much can you afford?”

The stranger paid half for this woman’s registration to attend the retreat and they roomed together. Now 3 years later, this same woman I am on the phone with  is buying her friend’s ticket to attend this year”s conference.

I have heard so many amazing stories about friendships developing, ministries beginning and people changing as a result of these conferences. I have to also say that if it was not for these stories, we would have stopped doing these conferences years ago. The road is truly narrow and our flesh is truly weak.

Bobbye and I would appreciate your prayers if you cannot attend and we are more than willing to help anyone in need who want to attend. How else will you find long lasting friendships if you do not step out to meet new people?

I have met many of you now over the phone. Thank you for being you! You are all so kind and wonderful. Can’t wait to meet you this Saturday and connect the voice with the face!

And we do not have a retreat set up for this year. I am welcoming suggestions before Saturday if you have any.

Tonilee Adamson

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