When we were in the phase of introducing Stronger-On-Tour to host churches and promoters, many would ask, “What exactly is Stronger-On-Tour?”
The truth is, pastors had rarely attended, since it is typically a three-day women’s conference in the Smoky Mountains.
These retreats were birthed organically, I am proud to say. I wrote a book in 2015, a bit of a “life story” book, entitled Stronger. I wrote the raw truth of pain, gain, and the hard-knock life that led to ministry, in spite of MY imperfect road. It resonated. Women bought the book and they read it. Thousands wrote letters and sent them to me. I was not only shocked at the sheer volume of the letters, I was SHOOK when I read their stories of abuse, abandonment, grief, and every other painful scenario I had ever imagined.
What was this? 90% of these ladies were church girls. 90% of the letters said, “I’ve never told ANYONE this” and then they would unload. Scandalous stories that had left them wounded, bleeding out on everyone who tried to love them.
The seed was buried alive and was continuing to manifest in most of them. God spoke to me in definitive terms concerning these women. At this point, these were people I had never met, smiles I had never seen. They were only REAL to me through their graphic messages and e-mails. Yet, I couldn’t sleep, their stories haunted me. I prayed often, but I knew there was more, another task, another plan.