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Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship 2010 Desperate For Jesus Women’s Conference

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By Michelle London-Bell

The 2010 Desperate For Jesus Women’s Conference appropriately themed “Bruised But Not Broken” was truly a blessing – a place for like minded Christian women to congregate, commune and grow together in Christ. The event shattered attendance records, with a reported 2,500 plus overflowing sanctuary pews. Partaking in the festivities as merely a conference attendee rather than part of the volunteer team was a refreshing change of pace and afforded the opportunity to truly fellowship with fellow sisters in Christ.

The event kicked off on Friday, July 23, 2010 at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship – with intensive workshops in the Christian Education Center during the afternoon themed on everything from not being a “desperate wife” and “living life on purpose” to wholeness as a single woman. Spirit-filled women from across the country lead these workshops, including Lisa Goodyear, Karia Bunting and Jada Edwards.

Following workshops and praise & worship, hosts Priscilla Evans-Shirer and Dr. Lois Evans opened the general session in the sanctuary. Praise dancers performed a powerful and invigorating number to set the tone for the evening. Immediately following, Senior Pastor Dr. Tony Evans delivered a compelling word centered on God’s promise in the midst of storms and overcoming frustration with life’s trials.

The crescendo of the conference was the highly anticipated keynote speaker Beth Moore, who hails from Houston but has an enormous following and an incredibly popular ministry known worldwide. Mrs. Moore – as energic and dynamic as always, delivered a word consistent with her reputation of “presenting the Scripture in living color.” She brought forth a two-part message from the Book of Acts centered on the Apostle Paul’s encounter with “The Perfect Storm” – with Part I presented on Friday’s program and left conference attendees reeling with anticipation of Part II for Saturday. With so many people in our society currently facing issues of financial woes, marital problems, addictions, family crises and problems on the job – her message was extremely timely.

Tara Jenkins of Chicago delivered an equally engaging and “thrilling” word from the text of John 11. Clad in an eye-catching white and black outfit, Ms. Jenkins and crew threw down with their Godly interpretation of Thriller by Michael Jackson, as an ode to both the singer and Jesus Christ as “The Original Thriller.” Her youthful and fresh perspective captured the crowd – with an interesting delivery and points of depth and credence throughout her message centering on Jesus’ resurrection of Lazarus. The overriding theme beyond the obvious of perseverance in the midst of obstacles was unwavering faith – which all speakers conveyed quite eloquently.
The conference ended on a high note with another message from Tara Jenkins on Saturday afternoon. With such a grand turnout and dynamic programming in 2010 – the standard has been set for excellence for July 2011’s conference!

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  • Cindy Wilson

    I agree completely. I just went through a situation with my husband and this conference was meant for me. I was not there by accident. When Priscilla told us to come to the altar and surrender all, I did just that. I wrote it all down and laid it all at the altar and came home a changed woman that my husband could actually see. Praise God and Amen!

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