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"I would say THRIVE has changed my ENTIRE LIFE."

Joann


THRIVE changed my life stories

Changing My Generation
Brain skill training changed my life
How the Life Model changed my professional life
My Counseling
My Ministry
My Mission
How THRIVE changed my family life
How THRIVE changed my marriage
How THRIVE changed my character
How I grew in Track I
Track II recovery to joy stories
How Track III solutions worked for me
How I applied what I learned in Track IV
Joy changed my life
My maturity retreat
I love my THRIVE trainers
THRIVE Dance
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-I have never experienced a conference like this before! I not only increased my helping skills but also improved my relationships and capacity for joy. THRIVE fully nurtured my body, soul and spirit! Thank you!

First time attendee

-I am so glad to have attended THRIVE. I learned a great deal, met many wonderful people, and felt very honored to be with all of you. I have attended many secular and Christian events, THRIVE was one of the best I have ever experienced.

Sherry


THRIVE changed my life stories

-You may think that I can teach THRIVE brain skills because I have had them all my life but the truth is just the opposite. When I attended my first THRIVE in 2002 I was on disability for my emotional instability. More

Jen Coursey, THRIVE Coordinator

-I found this conference life-changing. I now see explanations for my mental state and behaviors. THRIVE gave me tools to change my mind ‘patterns’ and return to joy. I met many great people.

Les

-I now embrace my salvation as I never have before. I began to see the restoration of the traumas Jesus allowed in my 62 years of life would become the heart that Jesus gave me. I praise God that I'm now thriving in areas I never thought I could. I will be forever indebted for the investment you have made in my life. More

William

-I wanted to share with you what has happened to me since the conference. The biggest grace I've noticed is that I have developed a habit of quieting myself daily. Quiet has always been a struggle for me, but NO MORE! I'm very excited and grateful to the Lord for that. I look forward to the next Edmonton THRIVE conference.

Track I attendee

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Changing My Generation
Brain skill training changed my life

-I enjoyed the discussion (the exercises) would evoke. Afterwards you could almost feel a change in your right brain.

Track I attendee

-I enjoyed learning the skills not just in my head but also in my heart.

Minister, Counselor

-THRIVE has amazing value for changing the brain especially for the amount of money it costs. I am in the business world and over the last four years I have hired a mentor for three days that cost me over $20,000 along with a business coach that costs me $2000 per month. There are tons of very expensive self-help gurus which are excellent, but their material is primarily book smart and theory. Chris and Jen take the hands-on approach to the brain, by building joy, knowing how to quiet and more for essentially 1/10 the cost of regular coaching. Where in the world can you get an all day training course for roughly $100 a day? I never heard of it until I was introduced to THRIVE.

Kelly

-The exercises were hard, but very beneficial. It is so important for us all to practice synchronizing and story-telling.

THRIVE attendee

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Changing My Generation
How the Life Model changed my professional life

-I am a professional counselor now for 33 years. I have trained thousands of professionals through my private practice as a consultant. However, I have never been impacted in the manner in which I was through the THRIVE Conference. It has changed my life forever. More

Roger

-The (brain) levels and solutions will truly benefit my approach to people...it already has.

Lay Minister

-I enjoyed the opportunity to get help. I was stuck dealing with the fear that has debilitated me in the last year in a couple of pastoral crises. I needed resources. Very timely!

Pastor

-The (Life) Model is amazing and provides a great framework for understanding self, community and relationships.

Track IV attendee

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Changing My Generation
How the Life Model changed my counseling

-I learned so much at both left and right brain levels. I met many others (colleagues) which was essential for me right now.

THRIVE attendee

-I continue to see God use me through Emmanuel prayer in amazing ways. I believe He has both gifted and called me to use Emmanuel prayer and to train others to use it. (Not to mention the great benefits I have personally received).

Pastor from Kansas

-I feel confident that I will be sharing THRIVE principles and experiences in my religious community, my therapy work and likely as a speaker in our affiliated churches.

Ellen

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-I believe that every person ministering to the severely wounded would benefit, as well as every church wanting to have effective small groups. It is hard to think of anybody who wouldn’t benefit...

Dr. Tom Hawkins, Restoration in Christ Ministries


Changing My Generation
How the Life Model changed my ministry

-I gained a missing key that has unlocked more healing and freedom. I received a major set of tools to share with community and broken people. This knowledge is a turning point in the shift from secular to spiritual. Healthy, God intended, maturity carries a mandate to put maturing and synchronizing into an understandable language for all people. Thank you for listening and obeying the Father.

Prayer Minister

-THRIVE was a highlight of my year. Being around like-minded and like-hearted people certainly gives me joy! Having my husband with me was the cherry on the sundae!

Pastor Gayleen

-My Pastor really got something out of your conference last week. He didn't just come back with information; he came back changed. And I think it's great. I've never seen something like this happen to him. It's like he's finally alive and really REALLY "there."

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Changing My Generation
How the Life Model changed my mission

-Aside from the Bible, the resources provided in this seminar have most deeply impacted the way I raise my children, disciple others and present the Gospel. THRIVE helps lay down a basic framework for growing in maturity and recovering from trauma.

Church planting missionary

-THRIVE took us back to the biblical basics of living as God's creatures in a fallen world. We are going back overseas with a clearer understanding of what to do when things are upsetting, overwhelming, or painful. We are better prepared to help others to not only survive, but also THRIVE in the circumstances of their life. Backed by some of the latest neurological research, THRIVE will help you diagnose problems as well as help you to grow and mature. Parents, teachers, counselors, pastors or missionaries will all benefit from the insight into how our minds learn and we process traumas.

Missionary couple working in Asia

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How THRIVE changed my family life

-Each year THRIVE has had a TREMENDOUS impact on how I live my life and raise my son.

Beth

-We have been very aggressive in applying thrive principles in our family and local community. Our son had been stuck in attachment issues from early childhood. His brilliant mind continued to traumatize him well into adulthood because he tried to live his life entirely from 4+. Being a very conscientious child it drove him to the point of insanity. Now he enjoys living in the present and has been maintaining a responsible job traveling the country for last year and a half. This has enriched my experience in church and community but especially with my son. More

Keith

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-Looking at truth with my adopted daughter brought us to the "same page." We found an incredible place of agreement about our journey together and know the Lord wants us to walk it out. (THRIVE was a) great balance of physical activity, brain training, spiritual refreshment, teaching and "human interaction." THRIVE was a combination of challenge and delight.

Wife, Mother and Grandmother


Changing My Generation
How THRIVE changed my marriage

-I gained a deepening bond in my marriage!

Janie

-THRIVE for my marriage felt like meeting my husband all over again! We no longer feel alone in our marriage thanks to Immanuel!

Couple

-Thank you for the fantastic THRIVE Conference Track One. It has really gotten my wife and I back on track!!

Ken

-I gained a much improved sense of the importance of synchronizing with my husband both in his need to rest and with his attachment light. We had not realized how much of our frustration was more about timing than each other's heart.

Track I attendee

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How THRIVE changed my character

-(I gained) a deeper appreciation for the handiwork of God from brain to heart.

Track I attendee

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-I enjoyed, once again as in other years, the education, personal healing through safe relationships and bonds that I built from THRIVE. I liked that this year was full of facets of our Christian walk that will be helped by better understanding myself, family and clients.

Prayer Minister

-This information on brain development has opened a whole new understanding of why some things are not healing and changing in my "belief system". Now I will be able to share this with my wonderful therapist and continue on in a changed path to wholeness! I'm going home excited!! Thank you!

Nancy

-I came to THRIVE with no expectations although I did have a grain of hope. For quite some time I felt alone and abandoned by God. In years past I attended other conferences but they left me feeling worse than ever. It was during the first day of THRIVE I felt extremely sad, I began to question why I was there. During the God's Hour I felt my emotions grow stronger, I began sobbing. With deep love, two ladies held me then prayed for me, I felt overcome with relief. With each day of THRIVE I felt the Lord minister to me, He showed me just what I needed and used the Immanuel process to show me His presence in painful places. After so many years "in the pit" I now have hope!

Janet


How I grew in Track I

-We plan to start the first year workbook as soon as it arrives and attend another THRIVE Conference.

Track I attendee

-I gained clarity of my heart, my calling, my love, my weaknesses and my strengths. (I gained) healing that will help me give love and I now have tools for returning to joy. (I learned) how to stay connected during tough times.

First time attendee

-I enjoyed all that God showed me in myself and now I have more tools to live from the heart Jesus gave me! I feel so blessed to have had this opportunity!

Track I attendee

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Track II recovery to joy stories

-The first track was good, this one was great. I gained a whole new outlook on life as well as the human race!

Henry

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-The training exercises and community created at THRIVE were a perfect compliment to the teaching material on growth and recovery. I was surprised at how much I had improved at acting like myself and helping others to do the same as I interacted with my wife and family during the week following the THRIVE conference. I look forward to the material to be presented in Track III.

Track 2 attendee

-I love having a clear model to understand and change my own behavior and a model that I can use to understand others in my life and teach my children and clients.

Track 2 attendee

-Track II has been a deeper experience for me. Track II seamlessly connects the material learned in Track I.

Track 2 attendee

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How Track III solutions worked for me

-I liked the good balance of us getting trained and training others.

Marriage and Family Therapist

-I liked learning about and practicing interventions. I think your addition of the skills is great. In Track III, I know my hunger is to learn more about interventions. I love the atmosphere - the way we come together to purposefully (build) joy in each other and share God's vision with His bride.

Track III attendee

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How I applied what I learned in Track Four

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-Just came from the Thrive conference - it was so wonderful. I used what I learned with all of my patients today with excellent results. (I am a psychiatrist) Thank you so much!

Attendee from Albany NY

-(THRIVE) was a tremendously beneficial investment of time and energy. I was blessed in many ways. Not only was the content life-changing, combined with new relationships and opportunities to practice the information, the entire week was exceptional both spiritually and educationally.

Attendee from Colorado

-Thank you all for the superb conference. The content was... excellent. I agree with someone else's comments that this was a historic conference...Awestruck is not too strong of a word. I think that within the next 6 to 9 months, I will be doing many similar training seminars with our VOM staff in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Sudan (around Malakal), to name a few. More

K. Campbell, Medical Director for Voice of the Martyrs


Joy changed my life

-I enjoyed interacting with others and made awesome, life-long friends and friendships that will continue after the conference.

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-Joy is the all-time best part of doing THRIVE...I received the kind of joy that makes me already look forward to next year.

Prayer minister

-Ever since I left and have been doing the skills with my husband, I have had constant joy which I have never had before....I now know how to get and stay in joy. Thank you! It is almost too good to be true....Once you experience joy you cannot live without it.

Track I attendee

-I have been in a depression but thanks to THRIVE, even my depression seems slightly less daunting than usual!

Patrick

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My Maturity Retreat

-I am encouraged to study people again and ask for what I need, build belonging and talk to my pastors at my church to go to THRIVE.

THRIVE Conference attendee

-For me, the THRIVE/maturity is best likened to a major "Narnia-through the wardrobe" kind of experience and paradigm revelation.

First time attendee

-I am more motivated to continue the process of maturity. (I have) a clearer view of my maturity gaps (along with) a good shared experience with my wife.

THRIVE Conference attendee

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I love my THRIVE trainers

-Chris, Jen and Kitty - lovely job! Thanks for pouring yourselves into this week and helping make it happen. You are people who bring a smile to my heart and I appreciate your commitment to doing hard things, growing... Thanks a bunch!

Track III attendee

-I loved Jim Wilder's teaching; both his content and style.

Realtor

-Ed (Khouri) rocks!

Track I attendee

-I want to tell you that I really, really loved this conference, it’s the best. Chris and Jen and all the people involved have done a great job! They are easy to talk to, very approachable and I feel like they are authentic, honest and compassionate, thank you for letting God use you all in this ministry.

A registered nurse – homecare case manager and single mom

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THRIVE Dance

-I really enjoyed watching the awkwardness transform into synchronization!

First time attendee

-I was surprised at how much I got into the dancing - Mr. 2 Left Feet was actually getting it. I had to sit out some and I found that I regretted having to do that.

Track 1 attendee

-I'm not a dancer but in it I learned to praise!

First time attendee

-Jen made it easy and clear. There was no pressure to perform. I felt like it was designed for klutz's like me.

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(Continued) -You may think that I can teach THRIVE brain skills because I have had them all my life but the truth is just the opposite. I had none of the 19 brain skills needed for relationships and stability. I constantly felt the need to be in control of everything! By the time I attended my first THRIVE in 2002 I was on disability for my emotional instability. Soon I was able to begin passing on the skills that have so profoundly changed my life and my generation to people taking the first year of THRIVE training. It seems almost unbelievable to think back on where my life had been just 5 years before. Click here to finish reading how THRIVE changed Jen's life.

Jen Coursey, THRIVE Coordinator

(Continued) -Just a quick testimony of what the THRIVE conference in Aug. of '07 has meant to my life. I trusted God to go with an open, teachable heart and did my homework before the conference. I read The Live Model and Living With Men. The two books stirred my spirit with tremendous excitement and joy. During the entire week every day God taught my heart and freed me in areas I never thought as a Christian I could be free in. I now embrace my salvation as I never have before. I began to see the restoration of the traumas Jesus allowed in my 62 years of life would become the heart that Jesus gave me. Just to give you a taste of areas I'm being freed in, I had no idea that I had been mirrored wrong in certain areas of my life and until I saw that I would never see my heavenly Father as He really is. I praise God that I'm now thriving in areas I never thought I could. Thank you THRIVE for the impact that the tools God has given you are being used to set people free. I will be forever indebted to you for the investment you people have made in my life. I'm trusting God to attend more THRIVE conferences in the future.

William

(Continued) -These last five years have been a painful but rewarding journey for our family and local community thanks to the Thrive principles. We have been very aggressive in applying thrive principles in our family and local community.

Abbreviated Father Son testimony to thrive principles
Our son had been stuck in attachment issues from early childhood. His brilliant mind continued to traumatize him well into adulthood because he tried to live his life entirely from 4+. Being a very conscientious child it drove him to the point of insanity. He could not cope with daily life so he tried to cope through a fantasy life. Being aware of the Thrive principles we did everything within our power to synchronize with our son including forming a local Jewish dance community. This last Dec of 06 we did a community Bar Baraka blessing upon him . He has been maturing daily but this last year has been his sharpest rise. He has been aggressively facing his level 2 fears and has been very intentional in choosing life giving relationships. He recognizes the value of maturity, knows where to get it and is developing a strong personal identity. Now he enjoys living in the present and has been maintaining a responsible job traveling the country for last year and a half.

Personal Experiential and Scriptural Blessing
My son and I have minds that love to integrate and simplify. My son’s painful experience has set me on a deeper relational journey. Every week God is synchronizing my daily personal experience, a scriptural thought and dialog with my son into a deeper practical understanding that fleshes out something new in the 4+ sequence. I have been journaling these thoughts and experiences for the past five years. As a result charts, diagrams and analogies have emerged connecting 4+ within Bible Stories, Israel Sanctuary symbols, Life of Jesus, Covenants and practical life etc. This has enriched my experience in church and community but especially with my son. Thank you for the mighty work that God is doing through yourself and Jim Wilder
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Your brother,
Keith (THRIVE veteran)

-Thank you, Thank you - It cost $4000+ for us to come and I think it is worth $10,000 to me. Thank you for your commitment to get this information, concepts and application out to us, we will stay in touch as we try to teach the concepts in our community.

Registered Nurse

-What I learned at THRIVE:
1st year: Joy is truly our natural state (whether it feels that way or not). There are other people who know and care about this. We can learn together by “living” this week of Thrive in community. I can live differently here and afterward, and have found a rhythm I’ve been missing. I can move with others and worship more fully.
2nd year: There’s a way to synchronize (be together) with those I love, and it’s not as hard as I was afraid it would be. There’s a place of rest that I can go to – more often and more deeply than I’ve ever experienced or dared to believe before. My story along with others’ is worth telling and being heard. I enter into the dance as much as possible.
3rd year: My family is joining me here at Thrive and I can see changes in our lives because of this week and what we’re learning here. God cares about my emotions – (especially distress) and wants me with Him, as well as together with others as much as possible. The dancing has become poetry and the worship is deeper than I ever dreamed.
4th year: Once again I am stretched – moving in to more of a group identity. God cares about my pain as well as my relationship with Him and with others. Even the pain that defies words matters to Him. He’s there even when I’m overwhelmed and can’t seem to trust Him. The familiar movement and dance is an important part of what has come to feel like a “family (of God) reunion.”
I’ve come to believe that this week at Thrive will change my life and I haven’t been disappointed yet. See you next year!

A regular Thrive participant (4-year THRIVE veteran)

-This was the most pleasant conference experience I ever had.

Engineer

-I found this conference to be very life-giving. Many people who were upstream were helpful by sharing their experiences. The presentations were excellent and very organized. Thank you!

Judy

-This was one of the best conferences I've attended! Thank you!

Karen

-Things keep getting better and better each year! Thanks for your hard work!

Third year attendee

-Thank you so much for all the effort you put into designing such a well thought out and balanced combination of training materials, exercises, music, dancing, etc. It was masterful!

THRIVE attendee

-I was amazed at the number of people and at how far away people traveled for the conference. I was so very blessed by all of your efforts – Thank you!

First time attendee

-I loved it all!

Track I attendee

-Thank you so much for an amazing week. Upon returning home, I can't put my finger on one specific event but God has changed me. I am more joyful and happy.

Patty

-I enjoyed everything about THRIVE but I am especially grateful that all of it is based on Truth in Christ and on His Word.

Track I attendee

-I gained the ability to connect with God.

Janet

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Brain skill training changed my life

-I appreciated the balance of interaction between practice, rest, hearing God and lecture. It was a good well rounded experience.

THRIVE attendee

-Since I have known Dr. Jim Wilder for about a decade and have read most of what he has written I had high expectations for the Thrive Conference. I was not disappointed. The conference greatly enhanced my growing understanding of this material, which I have been using for several years.

The teaching slides by Dr. Wilder evidenced a graphic artists eye, a psychologists understanding, and a spiritual grasp of “reading people’s faces” based on his deep connection to God (he is also an ordained minister) that made the fast paced lectures, illustrated with many pictures of people, animals and the creation, very interesting. Though the extensive material was overwhelming at times because of the complexity of the subject matter I believe that being overwhelmed was short-lived, at least for me, because it was repeated frequently enough that I felt like my understanding of how God made the “brain” was greatly enhanced and its implications for relationships in all contexts, not just ministry to survivors. I believe that every person ministering to the severely wounded would benefit, as well as every church wanting to have effective small groups. It is hard to think of anybody who wouldn’t benefit from such an experience...As good as the teaching was, however, what made the conference so outstanding was the group exercises of “returning to joy” from moderate levels of the various negative emotional states. Further, the experiential small groups led by community members led to both greater understanding of the teaching and gave opportunity for developing meaningful relationships with the other group members. I can’t speak for the other groups, but the one I participated in gave me a healthy connection that I believe will reap eternal dividends.

The only caution I would have about the tremendous benefit for anyone who might attend is that people who are highly dissociative, with unfinished trauma will find that of necessity the exercises are designed to stir up moderate levels of negative emotions and then return to joy. Those with deep level “unfinished trauma” and deep “attachment deficits” may find some of the experiences may trigger overwhelming feelings that may require a slower pace and one on one connection to a therapist/prayer minister to find their way back to joy. Even with the caveat, I think a survivor well along in therapy, with a good support base may find the experience helpful.

Dr. Tom Hawkins, Restoration in Christ Ministries

-I enjoyed the learning, the stretching of my mind, the growth and the fellowship of talking with others who have similar experiences.

THRIVE attendee

-The exercises were a practical way of applying the theory that we have learned and made me more self-aware of how I am able or unable to be myself in different situations.

THRIVE attendee

-I liked the exercises because I got to know several people. It (the training) was hard to do because the exercises took me out of my comfort zone, but I recognize that as good. I benefited by learning how to identify the five levels of pain, and what interventions to use when.

Prayer Minister

-THRIVE Track I was very helpful in going back and filling in the details of the process that was given as an overview in Track IV. I liked the combination of physical activity, breaks and exercises along with lecture. The exercises really helped me experience the principles which helps make them stick...I knew I had a lot of pain in my life but I wasn't sure how to go about working through it with my partner. THRIVE gave me the vocabulary and the understanding I needed to deal with specific areas of pain and laid the groundwork toward recovery.

Homemaker, 2007

-I learned concrete things I can do with others to help the people I work with learn how to return to joy. I learned my (attachment) light was most often on. I'm changing that.

THRIVE attendee

-I am falling in love with my husband all over again!

Pastor Anna

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How the Life Model changed my professional life

-I have attended and participated in hundreds of seminars, conferences, and workshops over the time-line of my career. I have trained thousands of professionals through my private practice as a consultant. However, I have never been impacted in the manner in which I was through the THRIVE Conference. It has changed my life forever. Daily, I am witnessing the impact in the lives of the men I minister to as a result of THRIVE through what was deposited into my soul. THRIVE will remain a part of my continued growth and development for the rest of my life. Thank you so very much for such a memorable and life changing experience and opportunity!

Roger

-This is the most dynamic training I have ever experienced or heard of. It is helping me get past blind spots and move into life-giving changes.

Dave, Marriage Counselor

-You are ahead of the curve! I recently returned from a state-sponsored training on "Trauma Informed Systems of Care." I attended with the expectation to learn more, but I realized the Life Model had already done a far-better job of equipping me to deal with the wounding of my clients AND to train people how to recover. They (national government experts) were good, but you are better! Thank you for what you have done and are doing to spread the word on effectively healing people!

Dawn, LMHC

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How THRIVE changed my family life

-I gained a better awareness of the subtleties involved in engaging/synchronizing.

Bonnie

-I benefited from the ministry resulting from the exercises. I feel THRIVE will help me in every level of relationships, work, home, church, extended family and friends so I better mindsight and stay relational during distress.

Track I attendee

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How THRIVE changed my marriage

-We have been doing eye contact and appreciation exercises since Track I. Track II has given us more ability and tools to differentiate, name and communicate our feelings. This is sure to have a major positive impact on our marriage.

Track II couple

-My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the THRIVE Marriage weekend. Since we have been home we have seen so much joy in our marriage, we have continued with the 4+ stories and appreciation before we go to bed at night. We just learned so much. Things have really been good since your retreat, we are now sharing what we learned with our children. Thank you again, both of you, Chris and Jen for being so wonderful!!

THRIVE Marriage Retreat participant

-THRIVE Marriage weekend was a real blessing to both of us; we met some real nice Christian people. My wife and I feel much closer, we enjoying being with each other even more so.

THRIVE Marriage Retreat husband

-THRIVE Marriage Weekend was an outstanding experience that will leave a long-term impact on me, my spouse, and our relationship. We have really discovered something here that will help us make changes in our own generation as well as pass on some of the skills to our kids. Thank you very much for sharing with us, helping us and being such a good example! We wish you both the best!

THRIVE Marriage Retreat husband and wife

-I think that changed lives are really the only thing that speaks volumes to folks who ask themselves, "Is there any hope for our relationship?" Each and every personal example that you both communicated at the retreat really helped us feel much more at home and less guarded about our own struggles. Thank you for your investment into the wellness of the Lord's people. I think that what was offered was a screaming deal! In my opinion, the weekend was the equivalent of thousands of dollars worth of marriage counseling. I think that value speaks in today's economy. The THRIVE Marriage retreat was a huge value!

Laura

-Because my husband and I attended THRIVE, I gained back the man I used to date! My husband is now attentive, loving and warm!

Track I attendee

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How THRIVE changed my character

-From THRIVE I gained a deeper appreciation for the process of being and staying the person the Lord has created me to be. I feel like THRIVE frees so many (people) to be the "light" that the Lord has intended them to be.

Sherri

-After attending THRIVE I'm more relaxed now about what is left to do. I'll get where God wants me to go. I don't have to work so hard...I now have a sense of DELIGHT about the journey instead of dread. Big, big, big change! God revealed my real heart - something I was totally surprised by, and what was blocking me from living in it...While there is much to do, God has given me a sense of adventure, creativity and DELIGHT in moving forward.

Independent Consultant

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-The schedule was a good balance of interacting, listening, dancing, and resting.

THRIVE attendee

-I liked that THRIVE was right brain training instead of left brain lecture.

Writer

-I love how you broke up the lecture time with plenty of activities. I loved the (joy) pictures that flashed up on the screen.

Brain Integration Therapist

-I really "GOT" the value of quieting. The format was organized well...I loved the feeling of united worship.

Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist

-I like the exercises give you tools for life.

Youth Administrator

-I enjoyed the shared experience of entering and returning to joy, particularly in dance but also in...exercises and breaks.

Physicist

-I liked a ton of things about Track I, but one was the good balance of activity vs. "contemplation" and so extroverts could be energized with activity while introverts could be energized by thinking so neither got too tired out.

Engineer

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MORE - Track II recovery to joy stories

-I enjoyed working with Kitty. (I enjoyed) figuring out what makes us tick. Now I know there is a reason for my behavior and the behavior of those around me. I don't have to get so bent out of shape just become someone is acting out. I gained a new way of looking at people and relationships.

Track 2

-Track II was smaller and much more personal. Kitty did a great job! The exercises were fun, creative and different. I gained a more solid understanding of returning to joy and great practice at returning to joy with my wife.

Ministry Trainer

-In Track II I was reminded how important this work is for my own health and the health of my family.

Dave

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MORE - How Track III solutions worked for me

-I benefited from THRIVE by getting a better sense of doing 4+ levels of assessments and interventions. I'm looking forward to practicing these this year. This tool is invaluable!

Prayer minister

-Track III progression was fantastic. So much experiential (approaches). As usual, (we were) hitting the ground running and going from sharing with and giving to Track I and moving to being a working group and mentoring each other and being mentored by Jim Wilder.

Track III attendee

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MORE - How I applied what I learned in Track IV

-Many thanks for the wonderful conference in Springfield last week. I got many insights and tools that I know will be of tremendous help....Thank you!

Track IV attendee

-My wife...and I were greatly blessed by Dr. Lehman's presentations at the recent THRIVE conference in Springfield. Your teachings were wonderful and we look forward to seeing them emerge on DVD. What was particularly good about the THRIVE format was that we got to practice the Immanuel Approach in small groups and receive immediate confirmation of its effectiveness. Everyone in our group of three had major breakthroughs.

Track IV attendee

-Both years I have appreciated meeting and networking with other conference attendees and hearing about their ministries - (THRIVE provides) a rich group of people resources!

Pastor

-I enjoy being in a place where I can be myself, hear Dr. Wilder's excellent lectures, enjoy fellowship with others from previous years and meet new people. (THRIVE offers) excellent information!

Six time THRIVE-er

(Continued) -Thank you all for the superb conference. The content was... excellent. I agree with someone else's comments that this was an historic conference. Personally I had one particular special Immanuel event. He (Jesus) took me to a time (when) I was six years old, playing outside my home in West Texas. Except I wasn't playing. I was isolated, self protective to the point of aggressiveness, and thoroughly unpleasant. He showed me that He was even then working in my life and was taking care of me. This did something significant for my personality, as I find I am much less guarded and feel more included and welcome in social settings. I am more stable and much more relational. Wonderful! Vocationally, I returned to Oklahoma and did a two-day training with several VOM women who will go on our "Returning Women to Joy" trip to Colombia in the fall. We compressed so much into two days, but at the end they all had their 5-bar and Immanuel encounters. Awestruck is not too strong a word. Gentlemen, this indeed is a powerful tool! I think that within the next 6 to 9 months, I will be doing many similar training seminars with our VOM staff in several countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Sudan (around Malakal), to name a few. When I return to Chiang Mai, I will enthusiastically tell my co-workers (especially the mental health folks) about the Immanuel Approach. I expect to lead a number of training sessions there for the many ministries who work with traumatized populations. All in all, an excellent conference. Thanks for your labors of love!

K. Campbell, Medical Director for Voice of the Martyrs

-I enjoy the community that develops from sharing stories in the groups and teams. I also appreciate seeing people I interacted with in training tracks last year. Those connections, even if brief, have been enjoyable.

Applications attendee

-I benefited from the personal examples shared and I could relate them to my own life.

Former Director for a Men's Recovery Ministry

-I attended THRIVE in 2003 (worthwhile), 2004, (even more so), 2005 (better yet) and this (2006) was most EXCELLENT. I am very grateful for this opportunity and life-giving grace for the larger church. I'm happy to be attending during these early foundational years.

Social Worker

-The Immanuel Process is great - I learned through this and will use it with others.

Track IV attendee

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MORE - Joy changed my life

-I experienced a lot of encouragement! My joy center was definitely build up.

Homemaker, Counselor

-This whole week has been intense and...I have never felt as at home, free, and loved in all my life.

Attendee

-I enjoyed the fellowship at THRIVE. It was a safe environment created for transparent sharing, created by skillful leadership. Congrats and thank you!

THRIVE attendee

-My joy center felt built up.

THRIVE attendee

-I enjoyed learning and doing joy strengthening (exercises) and being able to talk about painful things, knowing that you will be able to return to joy. THRIVE was a safe place.

Pastor

-(I gained from THRIVE) Freedom! Peace! Joy! I also gained a closer relationship with God. :)

Pamela

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MORE - My maturity retreat

-I gained tools and experience to begin maturity growth plus the possibility of removing the need for anti-depressants.

Music Teacher

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MORE - I love my THRIVE trainers

-I really enjoyed Jim Wilder's teaching.

Psychotherapist/Prayer Minister

-Jim Wilder is a fantastic presenter! I want to affirm the respect I saw between Jim Wilder and Karl Lehman. It was humbling to see how they accept differences, support and encourage each other. It was modeled so beautifully.

Minister, Counselor

-THANK YOU from my heart for all of the hard work and preparations in preparing for, hosting and giving us this conference and Track IV Training!! May God abundantly reward each of you for this! Blessings with gratefulness.

Applications Track attendee

-Thank you for all your hard work! I really appreciate your effort.

Applications Track attendee

-You guys are great! Keep up the good work!

Prayer Minister

-I liked Jim Wilder, the groups, I like what Jim Martini added. It helped what Jim Martini brought (to the track).

Applications Track attendee

-Thank you everybody for patiently allowing yourselves to be interrogated!

Track I attendee

-Chris you are a phenomenal & gifted teacher! Jen you are a wonderful support for your husband and a joy to be around.

Accounting Manager

-I enjoyed you Chris - your knowledge and compassion, it would not be the same without you.

Phil

-It was a great conference! I am amazed at the organization skills. With the few people you have to do the hard work you do an excellent job!

Ministry Director

-I really appreciate the effort, quality, and the passion & joy that you all have put into creating and offering THRIVE! I appreciate the integrity and authenticity you demonstrate in constantly updating and upgrading the material, and I appreciate the integrity of your pursuit of living according to the principles yourselves. Thanks for a week of joy!

Ministry leader

-Thank you for your vision and heart. Take courage, remain strong and continue to make a difference. Blessings!!

Doug

-I was observing that some of us are...mature enough to start sending messages of gratitude, honor and love upstream. I want to thank the many who are in that position at the conference - Jim, Kitty, Tom, Karl, Charlotte, Jo, Cheri, Angie, Chris (probably many I don't yet know or recognize).

Track I attendee

-Thank you for all the hard work and preparation that went into providing this experience for us. Your integrity is evident and your love for the Lord and each other radiates from you. His image is reflected in all and has blessed us. I am hopeful that the Lord will connect us in more ways in the future.

Sandra

-I am beyond happy and grateful for the staff who are teaching people around the world the Life Model. It’s amazing the information you all have come to learn and share. This kind of information could only be from God. Than you for listening and following His teachings.

THRIVE attendee

-Thank you from my heart. God Bless you abundantly for all of your preparations and work before and during this THRIVE conference. Jim Wilder and Ed Khouri were a terrific blend in our track. With Jim’s neuroscience, understanding and wisdom and personal stories along with Ed’s teaching gift plus his own testimony from addictions, (the combination) was really beautiful together. Thank you and I hope you two will keep doing things together.

THRIVE attendee

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MORE - THRIVE Dance

-Seeing everyone synchronized and praising God together was very touching.

THRIVE attendee

-I enjoyed the dance and personal connections with other.

THRIVE attendee

-I loved dancing, having fun and the feeling of community worship.

Architectural Drafter

-Regarding the synchronized dancing – I realized that it’s ok to make many many mistakes while I dance and it’s ok if everyone else makes lots of mistakes because there are 52 of us dancing to lovely praise music and we look beautiful to the Lord because we’re dancing together. All together, the dance goes on and is lovely no matter who had individually made a mistake. And the others are all around you holding your hand and dancing to remind you of the next step you need to take even if you forgot or got scared that you looked stupid or felt ashamed. It’s like that in life – when we all work together, resting and being in relational joy with each other and living from the hearts Jesus gave us, then we dance a beautiful fragrance of worship before the Father.

Interim youth pastor

-Dance was clearly taught, adequately practiced, fun and worshipful - GREAT!

Pastor's wife

-I liked the beauty of learning a new skill, the synchronizing practice and the joy it brought my wife!

First time attendee

-I loved the dance! Especially the faster songs, probably because I am a sympathetic responder.

Track 2 attendee

-Loved the synchronized dance time! It was a wonderful experience.

First time attendee

-I love that it (synchronized dance) was a community experience. The teaching was excellent!

Track 2 attendee

-I loved synchronized dancing and I have never had a positive experience with dancing before.

Keith

-I loved it and I'm not a dancer. (Dance) forced me into my right brain and taught me it's ok to make mistakes in front of others.

Track I attendee

-I am CRAZY about the synchronized dancing.

Track I attendee

-I liked the dance. Jen is a remarkable, gifted teacher. I am moved to tears to see us come together by Saturday night.

Attendee

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