07 US Women's Conference - Treasures Unlimited!
by: By Kathleen Thomas Gaspar
'Treasures Unlimited' touches hearts, minds and souls.
With God's own Rocky Mountain National Park a spectacular and fitting backdrop, women from around the globe gathered April 20-22 to take part in the 2007 Faith Ministries International Network U.S. Women's Conference in Estes Park, Colorado.
Highlights of the conference, which was led by FMIN co-founder Bonnie Duell and featured anointed teachings by Bonnie as well as Denise Capra and Claudia Porter' included heart-opening praise and worship and fellowshipping during meals and free time.
There were, simply, no strangers among the hundreds of women who came to Colorado's high country to worship the Lord.
Reminding the women that they are daughters of God and therefore treasures - not trash! - the speakers reinforced their own words with the Word of God.
Several attendees jotted down impressions from the conference, with Jody Miller, wife of Grady Miller, pastor of Faith Freedom Fellowship in Fairplay, Colorado, noting, "We are treasured by God and need to see ourselves as He sees us."
Liz Dimmel from Kansas City, Missouri, who heads up a Christian ballet company, wrote a ballet 15 years ago entitled, "The Dethroned Prince" and put it on the shelf. After attending the conference, Liz now knows her company is "to be part of the [FMIN] network."
Terry Donaghue, who came from Dallas, said the gathering showed her a new level of giving and care. She said, "In here, everyone was giving to everybody, and even those in pain were giving back."
A note from Yvonne O'Brien from Ireland said she received confirmation that "God thinks we're absolutely gorgeous." She also was touched by newfound relationships and "getting to know people better."
Ollie Borchardt from Arvada, Colorado, purchased "Why Not Women?" for her daughter. Bonnie wrote a particularly meaningful inscription for Ollie's daughter.
Denverite Janice de Rosier said she is in the stage of "lots of restoration" in her life, and she likened physical therapy she is undertaking for an injury to the spiritual therapy she took home from the conference. Hearing and understanding that God loves her unconditionally is "priceless," she said, thanking Dave and Bonnie and FMIN for their support.
After meeting Dennis and Denise earlier this year in Tulsa, Alabama resident Theresa June has committed to traveling on missions trips. She especially wants to go to Kenya, and was blessed to have been divinely assigned as a roommate with Lenah Kilel who is a FMIN Partner from Kenya! Getting to know Lenah and developing a strong connection, she plans to travel there soon. Theresa describes herself as a pre-longterm missionary.
Rocky Mountain singer-songwriter Wendy Francisco performed her amazing tune, "We Will Ride," the story of Alana and her horse Warrior. While the song tells of Alana's nearly suffocating sadness at the death of Warrior, it also tells of her overpowering joy and hope in seeing him again - in Heaven! No eye was dry as Wendy sang.
Dave and Bonnie's daughter and worship team leader, Juli Perry, shared her thoughts about China and about adopting her daughter, McKayla. Juli said she would like to take McKayla to China to see her home country and spoke about how God works bad situations out for good.
A very composed young woman, Haley Strobel, told the women how grateful she was because her mother "pushes" her, and how much she delights in the company of her family. "I came here feeling like trash. The good stuff is easier to believe now," Haley said. She thanked all who smiled at her and hugged her, adding, "Now I feel like a treasure."
Hootey hoo! Ellene Meece explained her thoughts on dinner as opposed to supper. Dinner, Ellene said, is a more formal affair while supper - like the supper Jesus partook with his disciples - is the last time of day a family eats together. It is more intimate, more loving. She encouraged the attendees to share "supper" with each other in communion.
Bonnie Duell added her recollections, saying worship was so moving and Spirit-filled that "there wasn't a dry eye in the place." She also thanked the many hostesses who served at meal tables and said the only complaint she heard during the conference was that "it went too fast."
Bonnie added, "It all ran so smoothly and was so relaxing."
Other notes on the event described it as multi-faceted, instilling deeper friendships and filled with incredible music.
Shari said she was "blessed by meeting the women," and Ellen added, "I've never seen so many encouraging women in one place. I'm getting a new perspective on life and myself."
Kendyll advised women to "forget the negativity of your past," and Elena said she had "never been to anything like this and doesn't want to miss one now."
"All at my table cried through the tea," Peg said. "It was a special, intimate time [when the jewelry was handed out]. The next morning we were all smiles - free, different."
Anna said the conference was "all outward looking from start to finish," and Allyson added, "I realized what an insult it is to Jesus when I see myself as trash."
Kathleen is a talented writer and member of Freedom Faith Fellowship, a Partner Church with FMIN, in Fairplay, Colorado.
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Thank you all for a GREAT conference!
I also had the privilege of attending the Faith Ministries International Network Women's Conference in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. While Jay had the girls back at home, the Lord really ministered to me. And I'd like to share some of the highlights with you:
1. You are so special to God. He loves
to spend time with you. You are His
favorite place to hang out! "His very
2. Whose price tag are you accepting
as the truth about your worth?”
God's, the world's, someone else's?
3. The Lord wants you to come to
know, believe, and experience the
awesome love He has for you.
"We have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him." (1 John 4:16).
4. You are a possessor of great riches!
God puts His most valuable gift in
earthen vessels, which are cheap,
easily broken, and made from imperfect materials. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7).
5. Stop defining your life based on
what's happened to you in the past.
Meet with Jesus today, and go forward following Him into your glorious future and destiny.
6. Unhealed rejection kills your life faster than anything else. So get healed, sister!
7. Rejection is inevitable, but thinking
you're trash is a choice. Choose
instead to agree with God. You are
One of my friends remarked how this
conference was so different than other
women's conferences she had attended.
In addition to the quality Bible teaching
and exhortation from the front, each lady
attending also had multiple opportunities
both to minister and to be ministered to. It was awesome to see the Body of Christ
in action! At one point, we all broke up into small groups. Then one person from each group would choose an item from out of the group's "treasure box." They would listen to the Holy Spirit for which lady that piece of jewelry should be given to. Then we all laid hands and prayed for the sister who just received the jewelry. I witnessed time after time how the Holy Spirit used this to minister healing, hope, and encouragement to each of us there. The jewelry and the words would be right on for the lady who received them. Personally, I enjoyed giving prophetic words to people I didn't know very well
and seeing God really minister to them. Thank You, Jesus! Remember, the next time the world or the devil tries to tell you that you're trash, just lift up your hands and say, "Praise Jesus, I'm Your treasure!"
by: Charity Randolph
I just wanted to say that I totally enjoyed my weekend in Estes Park at our 2007 US Women's Conference! This year I can truly give an attendee perspective. From the time I arrived to the last moment - each session and activity was so smooth and rich in content. These were my highlights:
1. Getting registered and moved into our room was so easy. Mona and her team were so on top of each detail.
2. I loved the location. It was away from the world in the midst of the most gorgeous Colorado beauty and yet close to shops and things to do. Thanks, Bev, for finding this!
3. The sessions were rich. I loved every message â€“ they just seemed to build on every aspect of the treasure in us.
4. I especially loved how all the ladies were involved in the ministry from the tea cup exchange to the Saturday evening small groups for receiving our jewelry. Having a hostess at each table was a brilliant idea. Saturday night, every single lady in our circle prophesied over every one else in our circle. It was remarkable! And Karen Urbank (my hostess) did an excellent job! I was impressed.
5. And, of course, my favorite treat was meeting so many more ladies and putting faces to others I had communicated with for sometime now.
Pam, you did a wonderful job as the Prime Event Director. What a blessing to have your organizational skills and patience to bring all this to pass.
It was truly a rich experience to remember for a long time!
by: Ellene Meece