A week ago today I was at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston thoroughly enjoying myself at the Women of Faith Pre-conference. WOW! I have never been before but I am already planning to go next year - all the way down to Connecticut as that will the closest one to us in 2009.
I'm going to spread the posts out over a few days simply because I have so much to share. I did not get a lot of photos with my little point & shoot Nikon & I'm waiting to get the good ones from my sister who has a much nicer Kodak digital. Photos will follow!
The pre-conference had the Women of Faith Worship Team singing praise & worship songs. I think that was my favorite part of the whole weekend - the music. The four women who led the singing - The Women of Faith Singers - were just fabulous. It really set the tone for my heart for the weekend.
In addition we also had Natalie Grant there. Amazing. She is just fantastic in person. I don't think I have ever heard a voice like hers - especially LIVE!
We raised such a ruckus after her last song she came back for an encore. She sang "His Eye is on the Sparrow" acapella. Chills. It was so ... well, words fail. It was THAT good!
Nicole C. Mullen was also there. I have to admit that most of what I had seen from her in the past didn't make a huge impression on me. She has a good voice, but I found it hard to understand her singing songs I didn't know & even while talking. Probably just a mike issue.
Then she came out & talked about the woman in the Bible who had the issue of blood for so many years & how she just knew if she touched Jesus' robe she would be healed. Just touched it. Nicole travels with a team of kids she mentors & four of the girls came on stage while she sang One Touch. I just found the video on YouTube (below) & I cried all over again. It was SO powerful to watch this played out on stage. The four girls had black sweatshirts on with the words "Shame" and "Afraid" such as in the video. Then they took them off once they had touched & been healed & all had white on & were dancing. So powerful. Still brings me to tears to think of it. We serve such an amazing God.
I am so glad I went to Women of Faith. I'll be talking about the speakers later as well as the comedy and skits (so good!!!) plus just spending the weekend in Boston. It made me appreciate home all the more.