God Thunders Through in Big Sandy!

Big Sandy Group (Thumbnail)“My fourteen-year-old brother was in tears,” a friend of mine told me this evening, “as God got a hold of his heart during the day of delighting in the Lord at the conference.”

{BigSandy07} Family PrayingI was chatting with an ATI Mom on the phone this afternoon. “I’ve been to a lot of conferences,” she said, “but none was as outstanding as this one!”

God really did come thundering through in answer to prayer at the ATI Regional Conference in Big Sandy! On Wednesday night, a major thunderstorm roared outside the huge warehouse-turned-auditorium on the ALERT campus, where over 2500 people had gathered to hear the world-famous lawyer Roger Magnusen deliver a dynamic message on being in one accord. His speaking was punctuated by loud bursts of thunder.

{BigSandy07} Doug Small PreachingThe thunderstorm continued the next day as families focused on simply delighting in the Lord. Preaching was interspersed with periods of getting alone with the Lord to study His Word. One could {BigSandy07} Mr. Gothardfeel the oneness of accord as families prayed together after powerfully convicting talks by Doug Small, Ken Pierpont, Bill Gothard, and Paul & Jenny Speed.

The sun finally broke through at 5:00 Thursday evening as families ended their day of prayer and fasting to walk across campus and enjoy a good meal and fellowship together in the dining hall. Gary Smalley concluded the remarkable day with a practical encouragement to delight in God’s Word, delivered with plenty of humorous, down-to-earth stories.

{BigSandy07} Patrick Ritchie at the ALERT PresentationGod richly blessed the time in Big Sandy. A local news station even came out to report on it. Now we’re looking forward to the one in Nashville, Tennessee, May 29 through June 1st!

{BigSandy07} ALERT Presentation

(all photos courtesy of IPS)


  1. Joshua & Sarah May 12, 2007 at 4:05 am #

    Sarah and I just hopped on your site – what an encouraging report. Sarah’s response was, “I wish we were there.” We’re looking forward with great anticipation to Nashville. I liked that panoramic picture of everyone – must of been a rather wide angled lense. Praise the Lord…..for great things He hath done!

  2. Robert May 12, 2007 at 10:02 pm #

    Amen! Rowen Gilson was the group panorama photographer.

  3. chad May 13, 2007 at 2:02 pm #

    Great to hear about the great report from Big Sandy. I’m excited about the upcoming ones…especially here in Indy. God bless!!
    Chad Isa.43:10

  4. James May 13, 2007 at 2:45 pm #

    Great post and great pictures! But I am sure that neither words nor pixels can truly portray the spirit of the Conference. I am looking forward to Indianapolis!

  5. Arthur May 14, 2007 at 9:07 am #

    Can’t wait to see you in Indy, Andrew! 🙂 May each conference be unique – I hope Mr. Gothard doesn’t feel pressured into making the same thing happen elsewhere. Looking forward to it!

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