I had the pleasure recently of attending a Women of Faith Conference in Charlotte, N.C., with bus-loads of other women from the CSRA. The coliseum was filled to its 23,000-seat capacity and extra seating was provided for 622 more Christian women.
This conference was the last event to be held in the "old" coliseum. It is being torn down and replaced with a new coliseum with fewer seats of around 18,000. Why? Because the old coliseum was rarely filled at any one event, so a "big one" isn't needed. (Are you listening, Columbia County Arena Committee?)
However, the Women of Faith conferences have always filled it to capacity, and the tickets for the 2006 conference were sold out before the 2005 conference was half over.
Amazing attendance at events like this doesn't always "make the news." Yet we can be sure to be saturated with the news of a certain movie star's out-of-wedlock pregnancy or political corruption, congressional bickerings and other scandals.
A national nightly news station did report recently about "the evangelical movement in America" as if it was something odd and newly emerging. Thank goodness it does continue to grow, but it isn't new and it isn't odd. It is just under-reported.
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