July 18-23 Mickey & I were blessed to be accompanied by our youngest son, Marc, on a trip to New Mexico to attend the 2012 Southwest Hebraic Roots Conference in Albuquerque which was July 20-22rd. Since we were making the trip we decided to go earlier and spend a day in Santa Fe reminiscing about my childhood and showing it to Marc. I blogged about our day in Santa Fe and am just now getting around to the purpose of our trip!!!
Our purpose in attending the Conference was mainly to hear Bill Cloud, one of the 20 speakers. I was exposed to Bill Cloud's teaching back in January, 2009, when my church friend, Sandra, started a Home Bible Study, on his book Enmity Between The Seeds. We recently got to hear him for 1 evening he was in our area. on a Sunday night.
The theme of the Conference was mishpocha (which is Hebrew for family). There were a total of 20 speakers, as in addition to the nightly programs there were various Breakout Session on Saturday from 9:15-10:30 am & 10:45-12:00 pm and then 1:15-2:30 pm & 2:45-4:00 pm. We were only able to hear 3 of the speakers: Bill Cloud, Ed Harris, & Rico Cortes because we opted to hear Bill each time he taught.
DAY I -Friday - Registration & The Market Place opened on Friday, the 17th at 2 pm. The main door opened at 5:30 with the blowing of the shofar!!!!! and a welcome celebration with husband & wife singers, Lenny & Varda
While both Lenny & Varda & Mason Clover were preforming people were coming up to the front, forming circles on both sides of the platform and dancing.
The first speaker was a young black man, Ed Harris on "The Legacy of the Arrow" talking about raising children and our being the bow and our arrow the children. It was very good and informative.
Next was Rico Cortes, a Puerta Rican, on "Covenant Grants of our King". I have to admit this was totally over Mickey & my heads!!!!
We did not get out of the conference until 11 pm. A long, exciting, wonderful day. Marc was not with us tonight at he met up with an old acquaintance for the day and dinner.
DAY II -Saturday- We did not go to the morning breakout sessions. All three of us finally got to hear Bill Cloud at 1:15 pm when he spoke on "That the two may be One." It was SOOO good. The people kept pouring in to hear him and they had to keep bringing in more and more chairs.
We arrived just a little before 7 pm and John Myers of Jerusalem Institue for Justice was speaking. They are doing a great work there in Jerusalem, especially reaching pros*sti*tues. I was totally shocked with his report of what a serious problem that is and about the s*ex traf*ficing