Triennial XV Wrap Up
Triennial XV is over – we parted with a mixture of joy and sadness. No one ever wants it to be ‘over’. (Well, perhaps maybe the workers!) The best parts were the music, the choir, the speakers, the marketplace, the exhibits….well, just all of it. There were over 900 women there, plus a few guys; 36 women were from the Great Lakes Conference; 11 from Faith Covenant Church in Farmington Hills, MI.
Throughout the whole time I kept trying to figure out how to bottle the experience so that I could share it with those who have never gone, so that they could see that this is a ‘must attend’ event in their life of faith. This is an intensive way of going deeper in your relationship with God. There are pre-events, learning experiences, one-on-one opportunities, exhibits, worship sessions and the stories….oh, the stories.
The stories are what provides tangible proof of God’s existence. The stories are such that they cannot happen without God’s divine intervention. The stories link us together as we find commonality with parts of each and every story. From the stories of the international guests to the story of Samped, a resident of New Day (a home for trafficked children) to the story of the women of Oaxaca Mexico who sew beautiful garments to support their families, to the stories of the women of Japan, who have no other income other than making jewelry from the broken shards of what once was the dishes of homes that were destroyed in the tsunami….they go on and on.
Triennial XVI will be in Minneapolis MN July 11-14, 2019. Please prayerfully consider going to this event. If you save a dollar a day between now and then, you will have plenty of cash to do so. It will change your life.