Testimonials

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“I was trying to describe the weekend yesterday but just really could not talk about it yet. I was and am so touched. There was more love ... than I have experienced in my lifetime, through each and every experience of the weekend and through every staff person and participant. It is hard to believe that I could be called to attend such a weekend; how could I be worthy and how could Jesus love me this much? To God be the Glory!"

 -- Anonymous Pilgrim

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“Cursillo was a spa for my mind and spirit that will last a lifetime and can be shared with others. I didn’t know what to expect, and I’m glad. It was more than I ever would have thought it could be. It was magnificent! Cursillo was a life-changing event for me. I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on an opportunity like I had."

--Anonymous Pilgrim

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"1. You will experience the love of God and God’s hand upon your life as never before.
  2. You will be richly blessed by the new friends, fellow brothers and sisters of Christ, that you must meet.
  3. You will come face to face with the joy that Christian life is all about!
  4. You will be encouraged by heartfelt testimonies about how God is powerfully at work all around us.
  5. You will do a lot of singing, listening, laughing, talking, eating (great food!), and receiving kisses from God."


-- Anonymous Pastor

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"Pilgrimage is a Weekend where you spend time with the Lord, and time with people, in the presence of Christ. "When I think about my Pilgrimage experience, the song 'Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place' always comes to mind. Very few times in my life have I felt God's presence as powerfully as I did throughout my entire Weekend, and that was exactly where I needed to be at that time in my life - in the presence of the Lord."

--Sandra Phillips, McGehee, Arkansas

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"I attended Pilgrimage primarily because of "strong encouragement" from others. I expected it to be a "good for me" experience, but had no idea it would enrich my life in so many ways. My personal relationship with Jesus, and the very act of communion, have both taken on fresh meaning for me. I have also found new ways to use my gifts to serve God. Now I am the one giving "strong encouragement" to others to attend, and volunteering to help with Weekends."

--Martha Nielsen, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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"Arkansas Presbyterian pilgrimage is non-denominational -- it brings people together not just in terms of their relationship with each other but in terms of their relationship with God. It is about acting as one through Jesus Christ. It offers so many aspects of our Christian journey, with the unbounding love of Christ always surrounding us."

--Bob Buckalew, Little Rock, Arkansas

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"I'm taking more responsibility for my spiritual growth, due to my experience at Pilgrimage. I met so many wonderful people, who, like me, are on their own spiritual journeys. Discussion groups helped me a lot. I was overwhelmed by the love that surrounded me that weekend, shown in various ways. I laughed, cried, sang, and generally soaked in all of the activities, talks, music, and enjoyed the excellent food! Enough, because I don't want to give away all of the surprises...and there were many! Your life will be changed for the better if you attend Pilgrimage!"

--Nadine runsick, Jonesboro, Arkansas

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"Pilgrimage is a short retreat where you can get away from the world and its problems and feel closer to God and His creation. It will give you a better appreciation for what God has done for us through Jesus Christ, and a better appreciation and feeling of love for others. It will be a big spiritual lift and can energize you to live your life more for Christ in all you do."

--John Mac Leod, North Little Rock, Arkansas

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 "A Pilgrimage weekend includes a variety of discussions, talks and fun experiences which bring participants into contact with the Holy Spirit. Pilgrimage has renewed my faith and has strengthened my belief in all the glory & grace from our Holy Father."

--Peggy Leonhard, Hot Springs, Arkansas

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"My Pilgrimage Weekend was a reawakening. In the months before my Weekend, I got spiritually tired dealing with the 'stuff' of life - grief, family issues, work and grad school. The Weekend reminded me that I belong to God and that my life should be a clear reflection of Him and a positive reflection on Him. No matter what might be going on in my life, He is my reason for living, and every day is sweet because of Him."

--Jen Payne, Siloam Springs, Arkansas