In our last post we featured some of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of putting on an event, but that’s only part of the story . . .
As you would expect, a program like Women of Faith doesn’t come together overnight. Over the last year (and more) our “experiences” team has been praying and planning through many long days, late nights, and lively discussions about how best to create an experience that will encourage revival in the hearts and minds of the women who come to Women of Faith. You’re going to LOVE the result of all that hard work!
Meanwhile our speakers have been busy:
- Studying the Scriptures, as Liz Curtis Higgs says “looking for a story that best captures our theme.”
- Practicing . . . Patsy Clairmont tells us she practices her message “out loud in my hotel room.”
- And packing (much to the dismay of their furry family members). Sheila Walsh says when she drags her suitcase out of her closet her dog, Belle, “walks to the corner of the bedroom and sits with her face to the wall, her back to me—an official shunning.”
After so many years of speaking do Women of Faith speakers still get stage fright? They do! When Patsy gets nervous she reminds herself “that it’s not about me. I pray before I leave the hotel and again before I step out on the stage.” Liz says “As I open my notebook, I take a deep breath and exhale, asking God to calm my nerves and get my butterflies flying in formation.”
“Well, I need to be honest,” Christine Caine confesses. Right before she goes out on stage, “I usually will joke around with my friends, dare them to do something silly, and then I pray. Sometimes it’s easy to get nervous or a bit overwhelmed, but praying helps calibrate my heart and mind to focus on the one thing that matters: JESUS. It’s not about me or my words, but about the transforming power of God within me. Praying helps remind me that in my weakness, He is strong.”
Anita Renfroe’s routine consists of “two things: chug a bottle of water so that I’m well hydrated and I know what it feels like to be that woman who’s realllllllllly needing the next bathroom break AND I put on my stage shoes (aka “work boots”) because they usually look good and feel baaaaaaaaad. I don’t want to wear those for one minute longer than I absolutely have to. And I ask God to help the comedy bring hope and healing in that room that night. So technically I guess that’s three things.”
As the 2014 tour is about to get underway, each of our speakers is looking forward to reconnecting with each other and the thousands of women who will gather in cities across the country. As Christine put it, “We are truly honored to spend the weekend with thousands of women who want to know God more.”
Will you spend a weekend with the Women of Faith team at From Survival to Revival? See our 2014 tour schedule here.