Rose Madrid-Swetman

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April 1, 2008

Reflections from Evanston

Category: All Posts,Stories of Life,women – Rose – 9:21 pm

I am home now…got in late last night. My flight out of Chicago O’Hare (like tons of other American Airlines flights) was delayed about 7 hours. So much happened Wednesday to yesterday. I don’t have time to capture it all in writing but here goes some highlights:

    Di Leman kicked off Wednesday night. She skillfully communicated huge concepts, women, kingdom theology…she was great
    Thora Anderson taught twice…she was articulate, sharp and funny. Great stuff on leadership.
    Cindy Nicholson – exceptional – what else would you get from Cindy? Cindy is a powerful leader, what a gift she is…
    Grace Schmelzer’s talk was inspirational and practical. I loved her honesty and passion.
    Julia Pickerill – OMGosh – what can you say about Julia – hilarious, dazzling, she knocked it out of the park…she used the “v” word…
    Cheryl and Ellen told their story…their history through some tough relational waters, an unbelievable story of reconciliation…they gave women an imagination through their story to believe healing and reconciliation though a process is attainable even when it seems too broken…Cheryl and Ellen are incredible leaders
    Teresa Diaz-Maldonado – what a powerhouse, the racial reconciliation that happened in the room as a result of her story could not have been planned.
    Adey Wassink – brilliant, just brilliant. Adey was inspirational and more, she called out dreams and gave everyone in the room permission to go for it, no holds bar, if it’s in your heart to do, go for it.

I have not even scratched the surface on how powerfully amazing the women above through their teaching, sharing their own stories and journey and through each of their unique perspectives impacted the women at this conference.

The band and worship leaders simply rocked it…Leah Martens, Rebecca Alvarez and Sheena Hunter were incredible…gospel choir and all…

All the other women I met, Verity, Sara, Kaitlin, Esther and more…astounding young women who will make this world a better place because of their love of Jesus.

I had a great time seeing Amy again. It was so great to meet some of her team and spend some time together.

Evelyn and the gang from Texas are the best!

So much more but I will leave it here…

If you were there and have any thoughts or reflections I would love to hear them.

All in all a huge “thank you” to everyone for all their work at making the time seamless – thank you for creating such a welcoming, inspirational and warm space.

3 Comments »

  1. Rose, it was such a nice surprise to meet you at Run It in Evanston! I thank you again for the way you have stayed in the trenches and by God’s grace are doing what you are for and being who he created you to be. Playing in God’s Kingdom is such a privilege and so much fun. It’s really something to see the Kingdom fruit coming from women’s lives who are willing to let His Kingdom come and His will be done right here on earth as it is in heaven. God’s blessings on you as you keep laying down your life for the King and His Kingdom!

    Comment by Brenda Gatlin — April 2, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

  2. Brenda is was really nice to meet you. I hope we will get some time again some day. Much peace and grace to you.

    Comment by Rose — April 2, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

  3. Rose, as part of that “gang from Texas,” the lunch we had together (even though I didn’t actually “eat”) is an experience that I hope to remember forever. Many thanks for your encouragement and your prayers. You are a tremendous blessing to me and other women in the Vineyard.

    Comment by Nancy Southern — April 8, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

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