I still remember what I was doing that beautiful Spring morning (April 2013) when I “got the call” from Lifeway! “Hello, Jan? Would Second Baptist Church Warner Robins, Georgia, be available as a host site for a Priscilla Shirer Live Conference in 2014? ” Let me think….YES! I had been working in my garden and I was taking a little break to drive around our pond in my golf cart. I nearly drove the cart into the pond with excitement as I called to share the news with my friend and women’s ministry team partner, Cindy Schult. I even asked her if she was sitting down! Our team had been praying for a couple of years about hosting an event and the time finally came when we decided it was time to move on…God’s timing is always perfect. What seemed a long time away from the call actually occurred last weekend (August 22-23, 2014) as 2,000 women gathered to worship together and hear the teaching of one of God’s gifted servants, Mrs. Priscilla Evans Shirer.
I wanted to give a recap here and also share what a joyous journey it was for me, Cindy Schult and Teresa Thomas, women’s ministry leaders from Second Baptist. Our Lifeway Coordinator for the conference was Tammy Slayton, and we loved her within 3 minutes of our first meeting. (I can’t say enough about how wonderful every single aspect was for our team. Lifeway was a JOY in every way!) Cindy is a woman of great detail and handled every detail to the fullest. Teresa was our Prayer Coordinator and she was amazing. Her weekly prayer updates were a highlight for me and many others. I’ll never forget the night we met to pray over every seat in our church! We also had two young women, Kala Raines and Lindsey Myers who helped with all things social media and Google docs. Love those two girls!!! Many many many of our ladies served in so many ways – hospitality, food service, encouragers, bookstore, and on and on. God knows who they are and I pray He rewards them for their faithfulness to serve.
All the tickets were GONE several months before the event, so Lifeway asked if we could seat women in the choir! YES! This is a view from the choir loft. (Our awesome photographer was Keith Thomas, husband to our prayer coordinator Teresa.)
We had a sweet time of fellowship with Priscilla during the break Saturday morning. She is so kind and genuine. She even expressed how at home she felt among us and she loved the diversity of the women attending the conference! We loved on Priscilla and showed her true Southern hospitality! (That’s Cindy and me standing, and Teresa, Priscilla, and our pastor’s wife Stephanie seated.)
I love this picture so much! Priscilla also enjoyed the worship led by her brother Anthony Evans. My favorite song of his was “The Mercy Tree.” His energy in leading worship was contagious – it was so awesome to hear 2000 women singing praises to Jesus!
Priscilla shared “THE FIVE P’s OF BIBLE STUDY” Saturday morning. She uses this as she studies the Word of God for herself and in her devotional time as well. Here they are:
1. POSITION yourself to hear from God.
2. PORE over the passage and PARAPHRASE the major points.
3. PULL out the spiritual principles.
4. POSE the questions.
5. PLAN obedience and PIN down the date.
Here are also some “nuggets” that I wrote in my notes:
- God does not just speak to be heard, He speaks to be obeyed.
- God’s sovereignty allows us to be in the place where He can use us and show us His power.
- God Margins: the space between my experience and His majesty!
- The enemy tries to keep us from what God has for us because He knows our position in Christ.
- Fear causes us to forget the faithfulness of God.
- The enemy can’t form the weapon if we don’t hand it to him.
- From Exodus 14:13-14 ~
- BE FEARLESS – do not engage in fear in any way
- BE STILL – plant your feet – stand firm
- BE WATCHFUL – see the salvation of the Lord all along the journey
- BE QUIET – train yourself not to open your mouth in complaint
There are dozens more pictures and comments on the Priscilla Shirer Live Warner Robins Facebook page! Click on this link to see them: PSL – WARNER ROBINS
I am so thankful to the Good Lord for allowing me to be a part of this event and to serve the women who attended. I pray still that lives, homes, marriages, and families will be impacted for eternity as a result!
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
according to the power at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
forever and ever. Amen.