Ladies Retreat

Monday, November 17, 2008

This past weekend I went to The East Coast Ladies Retreat. It was so much fun! It was held in Goldsboro which is about an hour away. The speakers were Ginger Baines and John and Donna Bishop.

Ginger was great she was such a fireball. Her messages were full of energy and what she spoke on really hit home. I loved that her messages were so full of scripture references.

John and Donna Bishop were amazing and inspirational. 13 years ago John got meningitis and had complications that lead to him completly losing his memory. Im talking his entire memory he practically became a new baby. Donna had to teach him EVERYTHING, how to walk, how to talk, how to eat (she had to start him out on baby food), potty training, everything that mothers have to teach their children. To this day he still remembers nothing past 13 years ago. They joked at the conference that he was becoming a teenager now and was going to rebel soon. :) He didnt know who she was or what marriage even meant. Her devotion to him is so inspiring. I cant imagine how hard that must have been for her to have her husband, the man who provided her support, stability, and strength to not really be there for her anymore. Their story is amazing before the meningitis he was a pastor and he was able to become a pastor again and now his ministry is to help people who are hurting and encourage them. God was so evident in their lives. He became blind last year and that really helped his speech to become so much better.

The theme for the retreat was "Joy for the Journey". It was a great retreat and I am so glad that I went. I had so much fun getting to know some of the women in our church that I was not yet that close with and of course being roomies with Jenny and Melissa. I love them!

1 comment:

sar said...

you should have come to visit me at starbucks! we have two in goldsboro now!!