"Rich" on HIM
It wasn’t our first HIM conference. When we went in 2010, we were in one of the general sessions. We had been talking the whole time – and my husband Rich was very excited about the offerings in the breakouts.
We came into the last General Session and Dan did an altar call. Rich had been listening intently to the speaker, and then Dan came up and spoke about God’s Presence in our lives. Dan said that all of us could have more of God's Presence if we just invited Him into our hearts, and then invited everyone to make a commitment if they wanted to.
Rich got down on his knees, and then I went down with him, and he prayed quietly and rededicated his life to Christ. He said, “I want more. I am seeing what more is, and I want more.” That act, that decision in that moment made him more committed to going to church and serving the church. He formerly served out of duty, but then he began serving out of his heart for what God had blessed him with.
A hand-picked, tailor-made message
kathryn david's journey to jesus
In Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist, a shepherd goes out into the world in search of enlightenment…and finds it right where he started. So it was with me, I have had a lifelong search for God. I came into this world in a house of the Lord, and came back to
it through Jesus.
I was raised in a devout Catholic household, but it wasn’t enough for me. I studied everything from Buddhism to Hinduism to the rites of the South American indigenous. I devoured every spiritual book that found its way into my hands, from C.S. Lewis and Christian apologetics to ancient gods and customs to earn divine favor. Priscilla Shirer said there comes a time in our spiritual maturity where we are no longer satisfied with hand me down revelations. We want specific hand-picked words, tailor-made for us.
I left this conference feeling refreshed, enriched
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A letter from a HIM 2016 scholarship recipient
"I have a past that involves some trauma, lots of shame, and an overload of pain. My go-to defense mechanism has been to shut down feelings...to not feel anything in order to not feel the pain. I started doing this about ten years ago. I was in my teens, and it seemed like the rational choice to preserve myself from pain. However, in more recent years, this became difficult as I experienced new traumas and I began to have leakages of memories and emotions that I had long "forgotten" and never dealt with."