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,
One of the best decisions I have ever made
I was a little hesitant, to say the least, about my first Pilgrimage experience. I finally agreed to go, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. What I found through the Pilgrimage was a communal encounter with Christ. Just what I was yearning for. The weekend was intentional; every part planned with a purpose, which enriched the experience and added meaning to my life. I have attended several Pilgrimages since, and I encounter Christ through everyone each time. That's why I keep coming back!
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,
Receiving a Gift That I Could Not Keep to Myself
In February of 2005, I was given the incredible gift of being able to attend Pilgrimage in North Carolina: NCPP #62. ... Whenever we have been given such a gift, we cannot but want others to experience Pilgrimage. To do so has involved...
Pastor Roger Grandia
My experiences at MPP will stay with me the rest of my life
My experiences at MPP will stay with me the rest of my life. The Holy Spirit soared through my body and heart to make me His servant here on earth before I go home to be with Him in heaven. From the moment I arrived until I left, I was treated with love and an understanding that is indescribable. I would encourage everyone to attend an MMP to grow in your faith and to know that you are special in God's eyes. God is good!
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
To me about the weekend was about community...
To me about the weekend was about community. I worked and met some incredible people with incredible stories of God's grace and love.
(Tres Dias #31 weekend)
A tangible sense of community, of belonging
"One life-changing thing I brought home from my Pilgrimage was a tangible sense of community, of belonging. For just as I love because God first loved me, and forgive because He has forgiven me – 'community' was given to me and now I have experienced what that means, I am able to extend it to others."
Julie Wenzel Crane