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A teen tells about her trip to The Revolve Tour

December 01, 2009|By LAKIN THOMAS / Pulse correspondent

On Nov. 6 and 7, I attended a conference known as The Revolve Tour.

According to its Web site, The Revolve Tour started out because many who attended the Women in Faith conferences wanted a similar experience for their daughters. The tours are open to girls in sixth to 12th grades.

For many years, I have wanted to go, but we could never find the time to get a group together. Luckily, for me, my church was forming a group of girls that would be able to go. It was only girls because the conference is just for girls. I was so excited.

The Revolve Tour takes place in many cities around the country so that everyone can have a chance to go.

We went to the conference in Philadelphia. When we arrived in Philadelphia, our first stop was to check in at our hotel. Once we had our bags in the rooms, we headed for the opening night of the conference.

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Day one

I couldn't believe how big the place was where The Revolve Tour was held - it was humongous. At one point, someone said that there were more than 5,400 girls in attendance.

The night kicked off with singing from the Revolve Praise band.

Then, one of my favorite speakers, Chad Eastham, came out. Everyone screamed. Chad talks to girls about what boys are like, why they do the things they do, and ways to help us figure them out.

Chad's well-known concept, from his book "Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti," is relating guys and girls to spaghetti and waffles.

He said guys are like waffles because they tend to compartmentalize things in their life, just like putting them in the little boxes on a waffle.

Chad said girls are like spaghetti because they tend to have all of their thoughts and emotions and everything else, all intertwined in each other.

After Chad, many other speakers and groups came out to talk, such as Jenna Lucado, Austin Gutwein, Group 1 Crew, Britt Nicole and many more. The first night of the conference is mostly for you to get a feel of what the next big day is going to be like.

Day two

The next day of the Revolve Conference is what you really don't want to miss. It started at 9 a.m. and didn't end until 4 p.m.

Like the night before, the praise band started out with music so you can get in the mood of the day. Then the announcer, Courtney Clark Cleveland, came with such a cheerful attitude, I couldn't help but smile. She really got me pumped up.

The Revolve Drama team was the first to go on, and they were great. Consisting of just three people, this group made you really think about what you have been acting like, doing or saying. They acted out everyday occurrences that may or may not have happened to you, and then gave advice on how to fix the problem or situation. The drama team gave an inside look on what you might run into in the future.

Once the drama team was over, you got to hear from so many great speakers. One of those was Blanca. She gave a heart-wrenching story on what is was like for her growing up.

She didn't have a good childhood. Her dad left her mom fairly early in Blanca's life and once he was gone, her mom started dating another man. It was hard for Blanca to understand what was going on. It seemed too much for her to go through at such an early age.

However, Blanca said she realized that you don't need a father with you to make your life something incredible.

She said that each of us has God as our father, and he is with us every day of our lives to help us with whatever we need.

Blanca's testimony showed girls that you will always have your heavenly father to look out for you and to believe in you.

Another awesome speaker was Austin Gutwein. I'm pretty sure that he got the most cheers when it came to the audience of girls.

Austin was easy to relate to because he is a teenager like most of the girls that attended the conference.

Although, Austin has probably seen more than any of us will see in a lifetime. He's been to Africa and poverty-stricken countries to help see what can be done to help the people over there. He has partnered with World Vision to sponsor children from different countries so that there might be hope for them in the future.

During breaks in the conference, you could go to the many World Vision tables that were set up, and adopt a child for only $30 a month. There were hundreds to chose from, and you could even pick out a certain birthday that you would like. My mom and I decided to split the cost and adopt a child. Her name is Ei Ei and she is from Myanmar (formerly Burma). She and I share the same birthday.

So, back to Austin. He spoke to us about how we will face many challenges in our life. He said that we have to continue the journey with a strong heart and remember that God is there with us along the way. Austin said God reaches out to so many people, and challenges us to find a way to do the same.

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