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My Michigan trip, part 3 – Encounter ministry weekend

Lake at the Encounter ministry camp

Lake at the Encounter ministry camp

This is part 3 of my Michigan trip blog series, about the Encounter ministry time. Recently I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit my friends Herb and Diane Bishop and for the Encounter ministry weekend. You can read part 1 about the tulips and Lake Michigan here and part 2 about the beautiful RV where I stayed here.

Encounter ministry session

Encounter ministry session

I’d heard before about the Encounter ministry but had never been to one before. Herb recently went and wanted his wife Diane and their ministry Board of Directors to attend, because he thought it was amazing. (I’m on their Board of Directors, so they invited me to go.) I’m so thankful for this trip!

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Michigan trip, the beautiful RV (Part 2)

Me in Snoopy slippers by the fireplace at the RV

Me in Snoopy slippers by the fireplace at the RV

Recently I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan to visit my friends Herb and Diane Bishop, who live there and to attend an Encounter ministry weekend. When I arrived, they took me to Holland, Michigan to see gorgeous tulips and Lake Michigan, which is like the oceans in Florida, except it has no salt. You can read the blog post and see the pics of that here.

Gorgeous tulips in Holland, Michigan

Gorgeous tulips in Holland, Michigan

This is part 2 of my Michigan blog post series, about Herb’s and Diane’s beautiful RV, where I stayed for free when I went there. It was like my own hotel room, except without the high cost!

It was an amazing time of peace and solitude for me to pray, journal, and think about things for a few days.

Herb and Diane live in a farmhouse that is over 100 years old, out in the country. They’ve talked about whether to gut the house and renovate it to be decorated into more of their taste, or to build a new house with a solid foundation or buy a modular home to sit on top of the hill, where their beautiful RV is now located.

Herb and Diane's beautiful RV

Herb and Diane’s beautiful RV

During my time in Michigan, I stayed in the RV, about 30 feet away from the farmhouse. That weekend, I went to the Encounter ministry time with Diane and her two friends, Laurie and Cheryl, which was so good.  More about the farmhouse and Encounter later.

Herb's and Diane's farmhouse

Herb’s and Diane’s farmhouse

When you look out the windows of the RV, there is an amazing view.  Herb said that you can see beautiful sunrises and sunsets on it. The acres of the field belong to their neighbor, but it’s incredible scenery. Herb and Diane’s land has such a feeling of peace on it. (They are devout Christian believers and prayer warriors for God’s Kingdom.)

View out the windows from the RV

View out the windows from the RV

 

Sunset view from the RV steps

Sunset view from the RV steps

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What’s new: Speaking, writing, and Marmalade’s home

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here at BethJones.net so I thought I’d share about what’s new.  One of the most exciting things is that I just graduated from Robyn Dystra’s 8-week Christian Speakers Bootcamp. The best part was having access to Robyn live on a weekly Zoom meeting, where she shared the wealth of her years of experience speaking and answered our questions about speaking. 

This is my digital certificate from the class, and Robyn is mailing all of us a paper certificate, too. Isn’t it cool?!

Christian Speakers Bootcamp digital certificate

Second, Robyn assigned a speech coach to everyone in the training. Mine was Lisa Betz, an award-winning novelist.  She was great and helped me to greatly improve and polish my Cinderella signature talk

My signature talk is about Cinderella's story and her glass slipper: The right shoes can take you to exciting places!

My signature talk is about Cinderella’s story & her glass slippers: The right shoes can take you to exciting places!

We also got a practice and prayer partner, to help us practice our “elevator pitch” (what you say when you meet someone new and he or she says, “What do you do?”). Our speech coach worked with us on this, too. Here’s mine:

Me in denim dress recently on a trip with Ray to Columbia, Missouri

Me in denim dress recently on a trip with Ray to Columbia, Missouri

“I’m Beth Jones, an International Speaker and Author of 30 books. I believe we should dream BIG because we serve a BIG GOD! I help women to step out of fear into faith in Jesus Christ, by sharing my story and the Bible about how much God loves us and the freedom we have in Jesus.”

What do you think?

If you’re an event planner or know someone who is who needs a speaker for their women’s conference, event, or workshop, please contact me here.

If you have never heard me share my story, you can read it in my memoir, Promises in the Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love, available at Amazon here.

 

Promises in the Dark graphic

Promises in the Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love graphic

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