We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and the happiest and most prosperous New Year with God’s richest blessings upon you!
2011 was a wonderful year for Hearts On Fire with great new beginnings and the celebration of 25 years of ministry! We give God all of the glory and thank him for his many blessings. We look forward to a wonderful year in 2012. Please begin praying for both the Branson and the Gatlinburg Conferences. Be watching the website because very soon you will know who is coming to Hearts On Fire 2012. We are excited and we know you will be also!!
Thank each and every one of you for your kind words, support and love towards Hearts On Fire. We look forward to ministering along side you in 2012!
Merrry Christmas & Happy New Year,
Scott, Judy & the Hearts On Fire Board of Directors
What can I say? For all of those who attended you know what I mean. Every year I say this, and every year I repeat myself by saying this, “This was the best conference ever!” Hearts On Fire 25 will go down as the largest conference to date. There were 8663 registered prior to the event beginning with 405 churches represented. In comparison last year at the beginning of the conference there were 7396 registered with 341 churches represented. Thank you for attending. Without you there would be no reason for Hearts On Fire. God blessed the conference in such a tremendous way. During the two-day conference there were over 780 decisions made. Praise God! That is just amazing! Of those there were 409 Salvations! God is so good! I am still getting calls and emails about decisions that were made as a result of having attended even all these days later. He is still dealing with the hearts of many who attended, keep praying.
Hearts on Fire was honored to have with us David Nasser and Clayton King as our speakers this year. The messages they brought were direct from God as evidenced in the decisions that were made. We are so thankful for both of these men and the Christian witness that they live and tell others about daily. We were happy to have the David Crowder Band join with us for one of their last tour dates. The Hearts On Fire Band was amazing, as always, preparing our hearts for the message with praise and worship. We want to thank 3D for the interpretive worship and also Roger Williams & the AMUQ for a surprise visit. Robert Tino also created a beautiful portrait of Christ which was a great testimony to the gifts that God has given him. We cannot thank each of these people enough for what they brought to Hearts On Fire 25. I can’t begin to thank each and every volunteer who helped but without the help of many there would be no Hearts On Fire. I began listing all of the different ways that people helped but they were just too numerous to write and the best way I know is to just give each of you who helped a genuine heartfelt “THANKS”.
This year brought with it the opportunity to thank Scott Carter for his vision of beginning Hearts On Fire 25 years ago. What began with just a few God has multiplied to many. For those of you who attended you know that in Scott’s honor the Scott Carter Scholarship was initiated. Please watch the website for the guidelines of nominating someone to be the first recipient of the $1000.00 scholarship to be awarded at Hearts On Fire 2012.
Many have asked about purchasing a DVD of Hearts On Fire 25 and yes we will have one available through the website. Please visit often to see when the DVD is available. Also, if you were in attendance you know that the date has changed for 2012. Hearts On Fire 26 will be held on November 2 & 3 in Gatlinburg, TN. Yes, it is earlier so please mark your calendars now and begin planning your trip.
This was an amazing year for Hearts On Fire. The very first Hearts On Fire Branson was held and the largest attendance in Gatlinburg was recorded. We ask that you begin praying now for Hearts On Fire 2012.
After a month of absorbing what God did in Branson I am now ready to let you know what one weekend meant to all who attended. Over 400 youth and workers were in attendance. They got off buses and vans with a contagious enthusiasm for being there. Many had never attended a conference before. It was like a small version of the conference in Gatlinburg with all of the same excitement. The best news of all is that over 139 decisions were made. Of those 41 were for Salvation 53 were for Recommitment and 10 were for Full Time Christian Service. God is so good!!
I would like to share with you excerpts from just a few of the written notes I have received since the conference…
“Thank you for coming to Branson…Everyone that we took had a blast…One of our youth accepted Christ…It was an incredible experience…All of us were ready for next year before we got out of the parking lot on Saturday…Again I cannot say thank you enough.”
“We had a great time! We will definitely return next year and will enlist more kids to go! Once they hear how great this was I am sure we will get more!”
“Our kids had a great time and were significantly impacted.”
I would like to thank everyone who made this weekend possible. The volunteers who went with us from Sevierville were absolutely amazing. We could never have made it without them and all their hard work and sweet spirits. The Welk Resort, the Welk Resort Theater and the City of Branson were all wonderful to us. They made us feel so wanted and welcomed. Our speakers Tony Nolan and David Nasser as well as Kristian Stanfill, Roger Williams & the AMUQ and 3 D brought their messages from God to those who attended in just the way the Lord had planned.
Just think of the lives that have been changed for all eternity as a result of having attended Hearts On Fire Branson for the very first time. I can only imagine what Hearts On Fire Branson 2012 will be like.
See you in Branson, October 2012!