by Garrett Hughes
When trying to think of just the right words that would compel you to drop everything and sign up to volunteer at The Orange Conference. I couldn’t think of any. I don’t know if they even exist. What I do know is that it will change your life. You’ll make friends that will be lifetime friends. You’ll get the chance to serve folks who are at their wit’s end when it comes to ministry and they need just a few days to regroup or be encouraged. You’ll work along an incredible staff of folks who genuinely love to do what they are doing. You’ll be able to connect with other volunteers and hear amazing stories of God working in the lives of folks all over the world. You’ll also meet folks who know things you never thought you’d learn about. (No lie. I’ve met some very cool people from New Zealand and they can give you the ins and outs on all things Peter Jackson.)
Hmm, I guess there are words. However, there is more than just words when you volunteer at The Orange Conference, there is this sense of being part of something that is bigger than yourself. Reggie Joiner often says from the stage each year that The Orange Conference is like a big family reunion, and he is right. I find myself longing to be around the folks I’ve met over the years and to meet those who are attending for their first year to welcome them to the great big family that is Orange.
So, my question is: Is that compelling enough? Go. Sign up. Volunteer. Drop everything. (Unless you are holding a small child or something expensive.) Maybe you can make your own list of reasons to get others to jump in and volunteer next.
We are in need of volunteers for OC13, so if you’ve been on the fence about joining up, please jump off the fence and join us! Specific areas needing assistance: Breakouts, Registration and Gallery. Times needing coverage are:
Tuesday, April 23, 4-10 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24, 7 a.m.–3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24 2-10 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 7, a.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2-10 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m.