The top 2 questions that I get asked about Fall Conference:
- What is Fall Conference?
- What do you do there?
I think it’s best to answer these two simple yet valid questions by illustrating through photos! Here’s a photo an hour (ok, maybe more than just one photo per hour) of my past Saturday at Fall Con:
The day before: “Who wants to see the sunrise with me tomorrow?”
Really, guys? Well, it was my last chance to do it there, so I willingly crawled out of bed at 6:30 am with two other brave souls, Emily and Sherry, and got to witness this together:
The sun was supposed to rise at 7 am that day, but it sure took its time.
As beautiful as these pictures are, they don’t do the real thing justice. If you’ve never seen a sunrise before, what’re you waiting for? Go do it!
Truth be told, right after I saw the sun rise behind the hill, I crawled back into bed for another precious few moments of sleep before breakfast. So…the 8 am photo didn’t happen. But here’s one that I snapped right outside my cabin before I slumped back into bed:
Wolfed down breakfast before morning session started. Managed to snap in between bites:
That morning, our speaker continued her message from Act 2:
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Source)
God wants to connect with us in our own language.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. (Source)
To me, this message became more relevant when we started worshipping God in other languages besides English. Vietnamese, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, and my favorite – Lingala (spoken in DR Congo) – were all sung. As tricky as it is, I love singing in other languages because it’s fun and gives just a small taste of what it’d be like when every nation, tribe, and tongue stands before the throne of God.
During our personal reflection time, I felt most at peace when wandering about in nature. Once again, I was in awe at God’s creation when I saw this tiny frog jump in front of me into the lake:
Now contrast that to the vast landscape photos that I took earlier! Here’s when the word “awesome” is most appropriate to describe our God.
I really didn’t want to take a photo of the generic camp food during lunch. So here’s another picture from our cafeteria!!
Took an honorary freshman, Debbie, to see the horses.
We also stumbled upon a cemetery…that dated back to the 1890’s.
Caught these guys chillin’ before I went back inside to take a nap…
Unfortunately, I had to do some studying.
Went back out to enjoy my last few hours of free time. I explored a little before going into the forest to hike. This picture below is one of my favorites from the weekend! The figures look like they’re walking on water!
I gathered a crew of adventurers to go hiking with me.
Aaand we’re out. Time to head back for dinner.
So there ya go – an entire 12 hour slice of my day. The rest of the evening was spent in another session that examined the rest of Acts 2:14-40. We took a look at Peter, who had changed a ton since letting Jesus into his life. He went from denying Jesus 3 times to becoming a strong proponent for the Lord:
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd…36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Source)
The question is, will I let Jesus into my life and give Him the opportunity to radically change it? My immediate answer is “yes” but doing is definitely harder than saying. I think this will be the lingering question for me as I head towards an uncertain future. Will I let Jesus navigate my future and my life?
I ended my night by making s’mores in a real campfire then played Bowl of Nouns with some pals. Now I’d call that a pretty good day.
Thanks for reading!