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Sunday, January 22, 2006

RELOAD: Bay Area

Yesterday we participated in the Reload conference for the Bay. Reload is a urban youthworkers training event hosted by the Urban Youthworkers Institute. Check them out here.

The Bay Area represented! We had over 400 leaders in attendance - the largest in the country! Dimas Salabarrios from the Bronx was the main speaker - he was awesome. I was able to plug in some of our local partners - Andy Hartwell, Katie Fantin, Doug Fort. All of them did workships. Pastor Bains somehow landed Dimas to speak at St. Samuel COGIC this morning.

This event was a ton of work - but worth it. When I was standing in the back I thought about the other similar events that we've tried to do over the years. Marvin Jacobo and I attempted to do a training event in Modesto in the late 90's, Angel Ruiz tried one in 2000. Both were fine - but never took root. What a blessing to have this event in our region. We're praying for unity and revival in the Bay.

I'm off to Grand Rapids for BCM tomorrow to recruit for summer interns. Looking forward to seeing the brothers and sisters there.

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