You will experience God's love for you, personally
God's love is poured out in so many ways all throughout the weekend. You will experience God's love for you, personally, and learn how you fit in to God's larger purposes and plan as well as how you can participate in God's mission here on earth.
Gave me an opportunity to listen to God
"Attending a Pilgrimage weekend gave me an opportunity to listen to God; an opportunity to have an open heart and mind. It was inspiring to have God reveal to me where He had been guiding me and where He planned for us (He and I) to go in the future. If you are going to live a purpose driven life, you better know what the purpose is."
(MPP having been a guest at North Carolina Pilgrimage #56)
Pilgrimage strengthened me and deepened my faith
"I was invited to Pilgrimage several times, but always had an excuse not to go---too inconvenient, had to take time off of work, find someone to watch my son, and several other reasons. I had an overwhelming urge that this was the one I needed to go to. The "urge'" kept getting stronger so I put all my excuses aside and went in April 2011. Pilgrimage is led by lay people and a few pastors. This is what makes pilgrimage powerful. Ordinary Christians, from numerous churches, work hard together to bring three extraordinary days to others, explaining their faith and demonstrating Christ's impact in their lives. Guests set aside the earthly world for 72 hours and can focus on their spiritual lives totally surrounded by a Christian community. Christians are required to be out in the world, but occasionally need to renew and recharge themselves. Pilgrimage strengthened me and deepened my faith. It was among the three most important days in my Christian walk. Since I have made my weekend I have served on team and now on the Leadership Council."
In Christ Name,
a time of reflection and renewal
"Pilgrimage weekend was a time for reflection and renewal of my spiritual life. It was a time to focus in my life and see how God has been by my side through the years. His love and grace were so evident."
I have felt the arms of our Lord holding me up
"Keep asking your friends to come. It took my sponsor asking from MPP #2 through #15 to get me to say yes. I knew I should go, but felt that other things I was involved in were more important --- how stupid of me Nothing is more important than growing your relationship with God. Since MPP #15, I have worked weekends and accepted Rector when asked. Life has been a roller coaster, but I have felt the arms of our Lord holding me up --- What a feeling! We must be still and listen and MPP weekends give you the time."
I didn't realize I was part of God's plan
"I have been a Christian since I was eleven. But until I attended a Pilgrimage weekend, I didn't realize I was part of God's plan - me personally."
Gayle Davidson, NCPP #34
I don't want the feeling to end
"We were told during our weekend to remember that upon reentering our normal lives the world hadn't changed but we had. Oh, how true! Monday morning I woke up and the sky looked bluer, the grass greener, and the trees in fuller bloom. I was so aware of how awesome God's creation is.
Renewal is a good word to try to describe the weekend for me. I just didn't realize how empty my glass had become and, after having time to reflect, I felt like I am full again. I would love for everyone to experience a Pilgrimage and be able to come back feeling the way I felt. I don't want the feeling to end. I know I am a better wife, mother, friend, etc. because of my Pilgrimage weekend. It is so amazing to be immersed in God's presence for those 72 hours and to look around and see His love and understanding in others.
Thank you to all of those who served this weekend. What a gift you shared with me and one that I can't wait to share with others."
God loves you and so do I,
...it became something that I'd known in my head, to knowing that it was now in my heart!
"Thankfulness always comes to me first. I am thankful for those of you who prayed for me, who wrote encouraging words and to God for the blessed opportunity to get to experience the Pilgramage.
For me, it was a profound realization that most of all of my life I have learned and have come to know God. Going through this experience it became something that I'd known in my head, to knowing that it was now in my heart!
The new friends and "old" friends both guests and team members along with people I don't even know-what a fellowship in the MPP! What a wonderful feeling!
I highly recommend that you go! Maybe the fall won't work for you but definitely the spring...just do it for you! Do it for God! I will pray to our God that He will open your heart to this beautiful opportunity!