After being overseas from October 2014 until March 2015 I decided I barely want to see a suitcase again in a long while; any plans for attending the 2015 General Conference Session was not on our schedule. However, tomorrow morning in the very early hours I am traveling with special friends to San Antonio, Texas for the 60th General Conference Session of Seventh-day Adventists. Did you not know that special friends can cause a mind change?

The General Conference Session is the forum for electing world church officers and voting changes to the church’s constitution. The delegates who will represent over 18 million baptized members will hear reports from each of the 13 administrative regions or Divisions of the church.

The General Conference was formed in 1863 in Battle Creek, Michigan where 21 of the first 36 sessions were held. Ironically the first session held west of the Mississippi River was in 1887 in Oakland, California, just across the bridge from where I now live. In 2009 my husband and I had our very first opportunity to attend the session held in Atlanta, Georgia. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience, more so because I could share it with my brother and his family who lives in the area. The session has been held three times outside of the United States, in Austria, Netherlands and Canada.

So this is not just a huge business meeting. From July 2nd until July 11th, church members from around the world and their friends will have the wonderful opportunity to hear very powerful sermons, amazing singing, attend ministry booths, once again meet friends they met last time or the times before, and wonderful fellowship. Now this is really living! And I love it because Seventh-day Adventism is all about “Into All The World.” What a privilege!