We're back home and trying to get back in the routine of home life again. We left early Thursday morning for Portland, and arrived back home about 8:30 Saturday night. Those three days were action-packed! We always stop at a certain Starbucks along the way, and Wes and I needed to stop at the bank and post office in Blaine, WA. Another couple in our group had to stop at an outlet mall to exchange some merchandise. So a six-hour trip took about eight hours, but when you're with 20 teenagers, it's all good, you know?! ;)
The conference was great. The speakers were Pastor Steve Roberson from Chattanooga, TN, and Pastor Kurt Skelly from New Kensington, PA. Both are well-known for their rapport with teens, and all the messages spoke so clearly to my heart as well. The kids had lots of fun with games and food and fellowship. One of the things we like so much about this conference is the emphasis on preaching; we had evening sessions on Thursday and Friday nights, and morning sessions on Friday and Saturday - both preachers each session. The last I heard, there were about 20 young people saved during the conference. That's what it's all about!
One interesting bit of trivia: Pastor Roberson was a youth pastor when Wes and I were in high school! I had heard of him all my life, but had never heard him preach until this week. I was pleased to finally meet him, and it was fun to tell him that I grew up at Tabernacle Baptist in Greenville, SC, under the ministry of Dr. Harold Sightler. His dad is/was a great admirer of Dr. Sightler, so that was a common point of reference for us.
Because one of our men had to come home on Friday night (planned, not an emergency), I was recruited to drive our van back home while Wes drove the other pastor's van. I was a little nervous about getting sleepy, but the Lord gave me the strength to stay awake and full of energy. When we walked into our house, though, that energy flew out the window! LOL I was in bed within a couple of hours. Sunday was a great day at our church, with some visitors on Sunday night, and then on Monday, I crashed. Literally. I just couldn't stay awake. Today is a holiday, so I'm resting again today so I can pick up and go again tomorrow.
I hope to have some pics to show you from the conference soon. Thanks for stopping by!