Dare to believe. Dare to strive. Dare to be all that God wants you to be.
That’s the theme for this year’s annual women’s conference at The Avenue Church in Waxahachie.
“The seminar is to bring hope to the hopeless, if they felt like they’re in the dark or they’re alone,” said Sunny Buskirk, director of women’s ministry at the church.
“Dare to Be… The Journey Continues” will take place at 7 p.m. March 1 at The Avenue Church, located at 1761 U.S. Highway 77 N. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are $30 until Jan. 30. After that date, tickets go up $5.
“Last year, it was a complete sold out event,” Buskirk said. “This year, we’re already about close to a fourth sold out, and we’re about six weeks out. I think it’s going to be sold out.”
The seminar will also honor one local woman who has overcome extraordinary circumstances, and participants will also get to hear from guest speakers Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill.
Grant is Christian singer-songwriter from Nashville, Tenn., who has gained international recognition with five Dove awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year. She’s most recently known for her newest record “Hurricane,” according to a press release. Grant also has been in the media recently for leaving the Grammys early to stand up for her beliefs. Grant wasn’t available for comment by press time.
“I loved reading all the places Natalie Grant has been, and for the past year, she’s been in some dark places,” Buskirk said. “I’ve only been going to Avenue for a year and a half, and I find it very comforting. The people are amazing, the ladies in the ministry are so giving.”
Gambill, an international author and speaker, is known for her practical and passionate application of God’s word, according to a press release. Her message is about rallying to embrace the broken and become ambassadors of hope, the release stated. She also wasn’t available for comment by press time.
“If you want to be blessed, this is definitely something to come experience,” said Mary Sword, spokeswoman for the event and women’s ministry student.
One of the beauties of the conference is getting a front row seat to seeing God work, Buskirk said. There have been a lot of women caught in dark places or sin, who have been changed by these events, she said.
She mentioned how one year, guest speaker Patsy Clairmont, an international speaker and author who offers hope, asked for women to submit questions they were struggling with.
“She said ‘Let me have those. What these ladies are asking is the heartbeat of this conference, and I want to know what it is,’” Buskirk said.
As she got through the questions, Buskirk said Clairmont noticed one where a woman with six children said she was feeling defeated with motherhood.
“Patsy did something just not heard of,” Buskirk said. “She said, ‘Would you come up here,’ out of a thousand women. She came forward and Patsy said ‘Ok, every woman in here who has more than four kids, would you come up and surround this lady?’ Then they prayed for her. That’s what this is, it’s women encouraging women.”