Monday, August 26, 2013

Hope Conference 2013 - Speakers (& a giveaway!)

Can you believe it's already the last week of August? Summer is slipping into Fall, and the Hope Conference is just around the corner! The conference is happening in two locations over two separate weekends. The part we're most excited about is the location at Harbor Shores Church in Cicero, IN on October 18th & 19th. Harbor Shores is located at 8011 E 216th St, Cicero, IN 46034. This is the home to a great group of Believers, who often host family-friendly events. If you're wanting to judge travel time, the church is on the East side of Morse reservoir, a few miles north of Noblesville. (Or for those of you who know OUR usual hangouts... 20 minutes north of Conner Prairie!)

Today, we'd like to spend just a few minutes introducing you to the speakers... (and then tell you about a book giveaway!)

First, can I just say how excited I am to hear these speakers?! I need the encouragement and the challenge to keep walking, talking, and living out my faith in Jesus! Life can sometimes wear us out, and taking time to be refreshed and encouraged equips us for the next day, the next month, the next year.

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope. (And a gentle giant with a heart like a teddy bear!) Carl shares freely about how God can use ANYONE to share His message of Hope through Jesus Christ. Carl's personal story of redemption may bring tears to your eyes... and a few chuckles from your gut! I believe Carl's greatest desire is to fulfill the Great Commission through telling everyone he meets, any where he meets them, about Jesus! Carl's message is so filled with grace that people are awed to learn that Jesus loves even them. You can learn more about Carl's grace story in his book Reasons for Hope in the Mosaic of Your Life. We reviewed it a while ago. If you'd like to check out our review, just click over to this page on the blog!

Diana Waring is a wife, former-homeschooling Mom, International speaker, encourager, and just happens to be one of my mentors and friends. But don't take my word for how awesome she is! Click over to her website (after you're done reading and entered the giveaway) and learn more about Diana's desire to help us not only educate our children, but build long-lasting, eternity-changing relationships in our families! Diana and her husband Bill have a mission: "To serve families by encouraging, equipping, and educating in an entertaining way."
You will come away from Diana's session ready to hug your children, and tie heart-strings!

Eric Hovind is the President of Creation Today. You can read his Bio here. One of the points that intrigues me is his desire that Christians not only 'know' their Creator, but that they can 'defend' Him. We do not need to defend God for His benefit, but for ours. That we would truly understand the greatness of the I AM and His plans for us.

I have never personally heard Juan Valdes speak, but I am SO looking forward to him being at the Hope Conference. Juan pastors a bilingual congregation in the Miama, FL area and is coming to give Hope Conference talks in SPANISH! That's right, invite your neighbors and friends, because the Hope Conference has a full program available in Spanish! So, if you speak Spanish and English and want to be equipped to share with your neighbors or co-workers, be sure to attend some of Juan's sessions. If you or your friends only speak Spanish... there will be sessions geared just for them. How cool is that?!

Carl Kerby Jr. has taken the love of Apologetics he got from his Dad, and combined it with his own personal talents in the visual media field, to offer talks focused on media influence and video games. If you have a teen in the family... or a soon-to-be teenager, you'll be challenged and equipped to talk as a family about the influence the Media is having on our young people, and the church. Carl Jr. was instrumental in the development of the rforh* app. In iTunes, search 'reasons for hope,' it's the one for FREE from Fast APPZ. (You'll see the blue rforh* asterisk!)

Next time, I'll tell you about the Emcee for the weekend, and give a glimpse into the children's program!

If you're ready to get your family ticket to the Hope Conference for only $35, click here. We can't wait to see you there!

Now, to the giveaway!

Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Carl Kerby's book "Reasons for Hope in the Mosaic of Your Life."
The giveaway only goes through Monday, September 2nd, so get entered, and please, tell your friends!


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