Friday, October 24, 2008

Heart Dreams

So, I'm sitting in my kitchen sipping a cup of coffee and trying my best to get ready for the next three days...You know, when you put not only hours but your heart into a project it at first feels like eternity before it will arrive but somehow it always sneaks up on you. I've felt that way this week, but instead of panicking I've had such wonderful peace. I'm sure it is grace of God, but I also know it is because I have this AMAZING team of people huddled around me and this vision.

A little background...Two years ago, I had this idea pop into my heart to start an annual missions conference at our church...but I don't want it to be just another thing that our church does but rather a vehicle that people from around our region and even the US taps into. So, we had our first one last year, and it was wonderful! I named it Pursue and that is what it felt like last year - people pursuing God, God pursuing us in return, and then a call to consider how we might each of us in our own way pursue the people of this world...

We are now embarking on year #2, and everyone that has been a part of planning Pursue have gone above what I had ever dreamed. The creativity has been endless (literally - on Tuesday I said, "I love you all, but we cannot come up with anymore creative ideas this late in the game"). The willingness has been overflowing. This week I have had people just show up and ask what they can do to help. I have had friends bring me encouraging little gifts (Joe Reed even brought me Godiva chocolates!) and most importantly, I've known people are praying. My heart is excited but not anxious. Our work is finished and we don't start until 7 tonight. And people are coming - the phone is ringing away, the online registration continues...

So, yay! Here we go. Thank you to everyone who has had even the smallest part to play. I'll post pics when it is over, and in the mean time - tell God thanks on behalf of this girl. My heart is more than full. I am in awe of Him.

2 comments:

Leslie said...

It is going to be a great year for Pursue! I am so honored to be a part.

Jenn Possible said...

I am SOOO sad I didn't get to go to Pursue!!! I know it's going to be FANTASTIC!

YOU make MY heart happy Paige Allen! It overwhelms me how much of an impact you've had at the church since you came back from college. You've had an integral part of helping change COTR's focus to not only it's city- but to the world. That wasn't always true. But I have been so blessed these last years watching the vision expand outside the city gates. You are making a huge difference Paige Allen! HUGE!

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