Conferences, Prayer, & Talking with Strangers: Fusion 2017

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Every time I am involved in Fusion Alaska, the statewide youth conference, I see God do amazing things. I’m a firm believer that we can learn something from any environment, and though this is an event for students, I always come away with something valuable.

Last year at Fusion, I learned some lessons in humility.

The year before, I was blessed by the generous, giving hearts of all the volunteers.

My first year being involved, I learned how to be brave, since it was my first experience teaching breakout classes!

This past week God didn’t really do anything major in my life.  My heart is full of many small, treasured moments, from seeing kids saved and healed, to witnessing personal messages from God being delivered, to watching my friends do something brave, to teaching and chatting with students in my classes. I was terribly disappointed that I couldn’t participate on the last day due to schedule conflicts, but being absent didn’t diminish my experience.

For me, the blessings came in the reminder of some things I already knew, and that for me was s a big deal. Little things like:

  • Prayer really is timeless. Some of the items I prayed in previous years didn’t come to pass during those conferences, but this year, they did! I witnessed a culmination of 3 years of petitions sent up to Heaven. Time spent on our knees, or walking circles around a huge building, is never in vain, regardless of what we see or feel.
  • Conferences are not for everyone. And that’s okay. Because we all have different personalities, we learn and grow by different experiences. While I would love to see every student come away from Fusion totally in love with Jesus and amazed by God, that’s not reality. It’s important to remember that the normal things (Sunday morning /Wednesday night) can be just as valuable.
  • There are no strangers in God’s family. Brothers and sisters in Christ can bond quickly, but I didn’t expect to be so encouraged by a 90 second conversation with one of the musicians. Though we had never met, he confirmed some things the Holy Spirit had showed me about ‘my calling’ and encouraged me to keep following that path set before me.

I suppose, whether we define moments like this as big or small is irrelevant.

What matters is that once again God got all the glory, and it was an honor to be part of it.


About Jen Cudmore

I'm a wife, mom, blogger and novelist who also works a day job in the medical field. I grew up on the Columbia River Gorge, earned a BA in Psychology at Northwest University, and am currently very active in my church. My passion is inspiring women to seek Jesus in all aspects of life so they can recognize where they are living in bondage and be set free to live the abundant life God promises. You can connect with me at

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