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Quotes

 

— Voices —

Read a few of the voices from the 30 gatherings that took place over the last few years.

 

2011 Atlanta

"Thanks for spearheading a great gathering. We were very blessed and encouraged. As a result, we are changing our sermon topics for most of the year. We are going to be focusing on some of the topics covered at the meeting and then heading into the Gospel of John for most of the year. After the meeting we were all convicted [that] we need to have our people more in the word--specifically the Gospel." - David Achata

"I am so encouraged that my Adventist family wants to lift up Jesus as ALL - His supremacy in our midst is our salvation and hope. He is the only ONE worthy and this project will honor Him and the Adventist Church as we unite to glorify our Savior." - Chris Bullock

"I am praying for all the leaders that God would bless your works and gifts to bring forth the faith expression that this generation needs to fill the world with the love of Christ. Pray for me that I may be strong enough through Christ to do whatever He has for me. That above all, God's will in my life would be ultimate." - Tyler Cantrell

"John and I experienced a new walk with our Savior, Jesus Christ last weekend and have been enjoying the books you sent home with us. Thanks for all the work you did to create an environment in which the Holy Spirit could do her work." - Pam Cress

"Experienced Jesus and felt proud to be a Seventh-day Adventist." - Manny Cruz

"It [has] been more than a week since our gathering in ATL and the blessing is still with me. And that's because more than experiencing some kind of conference super high, I encountered the love and heard the voice of Christ afresh. It has changed my heart. Thanks for inviting me, but more importantly, thanks for being obedient to the Spirit and creating a space for us [to] remove the clutter and give our undivided attention to the One. Jesus. All." - David B. Franklin

"Thank you so much for your words of affirmation and appreciation. I have been listening and talking from the sidelines for months with Dany so it was great to see it finally come together. I was encouraged to see so many people that I have connected with over the years present in Atlanta. God has kept me walking in a certain direction and this was reaffirmed to me by the presence of the fellow travelers that I saw in Atlanta. When I went to Atlanta I wasn't intending to photograph the event. I took my camera along because I always carry my camera and honestly, I was hoping to maybe get over to the aquarium for a few hours and photograph that. :-) It is always a dilemma for me when I am photographing an event. Do I participate in the event or do I photograph it? It's impossible to do both at the same time. I think I found a good balance in Atlanta because I was certainly blessed by each person who spoke and I made it a point to set my camera down during the discussion times and especially for Communion and the Blessing of the Hands. I was spiritually challenged and moved by each of the seven speakers, but it was the Blessing of the Hands that was the most profoundly moving for me I would encourage you and your "Band of Brothers" to continue in prayer and hold fast to the original vision that God has given you. The revival will be in individual lives and the reformation will be in individual actions and decisions. So press on. It's time to take the 1 to Europe. Jesus (full stop) All (full stop)" - Delwin Finch

"I told you I was a little scared (prior to the event), which usually means God is preparing me for something. No way to prepare for this! Lol. This entire week was special. Leading worship yesterday at both of our services was a great way to conclude a journey that now continues. I say to you the same words spoken to me that meant so much "thank you for allowing Jesus to use you in a special way. And I sincerely mean it. God bless you." - Robert Graham

"I had a wonderful time in Atlanta and have a great desire to become more like Jesus. I was reminded in the meetings of my teens and early twenties when I would journal every night before I would go to bed that I use to have a request to the Lord which was to be more like Jesus in every way. To have all of the qualities, the fruits of the spirit, especially to be humble. I hadn't thought of that request in a while but in Atlanta it was brought to mind and is now again entering my prayers. Funny how our worship changes through the years and some times veers off and maybe becomes extinct. I felt a pulling on my heart to take up some of my older habits and let go of a few of my newer ones, where I feel more content that I am heading in the right direction. At least for now that is." - Sandra Will

"I took away a strong desire to have a better relationship with Jesus Christ. I want to attend Sabbath School now." - Erin Hotelling

"I, like many, went down to ATL for the One Project a little unsure of what to expect. With a busy calendar here in PHX during the start of '11 I actually tried to get out of coming quite a few times, but felt over and over that God wanted me to be part of this journey. The whole trip was one of the richest blessings of my time in ministry. It was so refreshing to sit in a room with some of the most influential minds in our church and purely worship and proclaim Jesus and savior and Lord! I left ATL having a renewed focus and energy for my personal spiritual journey and in my ministry calling. I appreciated the breakout sessions, presentations, and times to worship together as a family! You know there are times when you go to conferences and feel the pressure to act like are an expert in your area of ministry to train and teach others. Often there is an expectation to have your stuff together or at least act like you do. The One Project was a chance to leave facades behind, let down your guard, express questions, let the world know you don't have all the answers, and simply "be" with Jesus. You felt this amazing community being built with a 170 peeps in just a day and a half. Jesus is amazing, and what an experience this was for us. You mentioned many times your "experience in Denver." For us we'll be saying "oh man you remember being with Jesus in Atlanta." I am planning on being in Seattle in February of '12. Thanks Japhet for following the vision God gave you to put this together, it was a rich blessing for us all!" - Benjamin Lundquist

"It was an honor to be there an learn from those who are much wiser than I. What an incredible launching pad for this summer's ministries! Thanks to you guys for being visionaries for Jesus. All." - Fidi Mwero

"Jesus is EVERYTHING and I am NOTHING." - Tim Nixon

"I wanted to go [to the One project] because I feel like in our efforts to understand God and relate to Him, we try to put Him in human terms and limit Him. We decide we know what He wants and how everything should be, and we begin to believe it. In the end, this becomes incredibly discouraging because we fall so short. I wanted to take God out of the boxes I've put Him in and be reminded of His strong love." - Sara Olakowski

"I was blessed to be a part. I am glad I attended. Thanks for being the catalyst. Courage." - Pedro Perez

"Never let the urgent crowd out the important - the motto I chose when I started ministry. But it's hard, and sometimes I look around and look forward to when I'll get to what's important. The One gathering in Atlanta reminded me that Jesus is "what's" important, and nothing is too urgent to make Him wait. I pray that I will be better at making that real in my ministry and in my personal life as well. Looking forward to Finland and Seattle. I know He will make sure we have stories to share, when we get there. Jesus. All." - Thomas Rasmussen

"I chose to attend the One project because I truly believed that Jesus was working in the lives of its leaders. I wanted to be a part of that; I saw it as a chance to see Jesus in a new light. After going and experiencing Jesus as my All, I will never look at Christianity the same. I truly have a friend in Jesus, how amazing is that!" - Leah Rodriguez

"I am praying that we all have conviction to have the strength of faith, character, conscious and community to finish this work that we have seen started. I really enjoyed the time at Atlanta. The "gathering" was a blessing since it reinforced the center of our Adventist belief and witness namely the One in whom we are safe and can "dance our life" down here. It is of course refreshing to be surrounded by like minded people and it was great meeting new friends by discussing, sharing, praying, and blessing each other! When our faith, mission and personal lives is centered and oriented on Jesus, we can joyfully anticipate the One who is coming. It is my hope and desire that more and more local churches may be transformed into real "Jesus communities." I believe that the One project may encourage and facilitate such a move. Be blessed and I praise God for the many gifts you have!" - Stephan Sigg

"[The] One Project brought me to the throne room of Jesus where I saw His awesomeness, power and unmerited free grace!! It was where the Holy Spirit showed up and showed out. Where Elohim was Praised!!!" - Cheonneth Strickland

"In Atlanta, at the One Project we spent time at a gathering, discussing, conversing, and rediscovering a friend - Jesus. Because He is all, because He paid it all, all to Him I must give. I realized that I want [the me I am today] to be completely destroyed. To become a me that I do not recognize, and to live completely for Jesus. My career path is of little consequence, the call is still the same; the burden for sinners, the devotion to Jesus, and a commitment to prayer. Because well, Jesus. Is. All." - Keren Toms

"Atlanta was pretty awesome. Upon reflection, it struck me how deeply moved so many of us were by the gathering. For some, it was a renewal of their spirits and a reconnection of what it means to be a minister of the gospel. For others it was the connection with a community of like minded individuals, a glimpse of that church that we all long to belong to as portrayed by Acts 2. For still others, maybe it was the first time they truly connected with Jesus, and for one, it was hearing His voice and call. Really powerful moments! For me it was the reminder of what I'm about. It may be that I am going off to get my PhD now, but the gathering was that deep reminder of the call to not lose sight of what we are about on this earth. I just hope that the course my wife and I are pursuing will ultimately bring people closer to Him through revealing the context of the scriptures and in that way giving some a deeper connection with the gospel message." - Matthew Vincent

"The One project was a refreshing experience to witness - Seventh-day Adventists of all different ages, from all over the world, coming together with the intention of unifying over one important love we all share - Jesus Christ. My husband and I found it invigorating to hear genuine testimonies of faith and passion, as we were inspired to make an effort in our own lives to reflect a Christ-centered faith to the world." - Brittany Woods

"I am the one that should and would like to thank you. Not knowing what to completely expect I have come away having experienced once again closeness with Jesus. Thank you for your hard work and vision to focus solely on the 'ONE'. Thank you as well for being willing to talk. I look forward to conversations to come. Again, thank you so much for providing me with this opportunity!"- Ryan Whitehead

"It was wonderful to spend time dreaming and worshiping with kindred spirits. The conference as a whole put a lot of hope in my heart for our church, and I know it did the same for numerous friends." - Zane Yi

"It was an incredible blessing to be in Atlanta. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve with you and the rest the team. I plan to be at every gathering possible. Celebrating the supremacy and centrality of Christ is not like other ministry ideas (great as they may be). The One Project is simply affirming the way things are, whether or not we recognize them as such. Thank you for your leadership in helping our church get on board with the reality of God's kingdom. I have no doubt that Christ will use One to change our church. He's already used it to change me." - Nick Zork

"This past February I attended the One project in Atlanta. My favorite team had just lost the superbowl to a team from Wisconsin and in a state of mourning I found myself amongst several curious and expecting ministry leaders from my church. As much as I wanted to sulk, that wouldn't work. What was this One project all about? Powerful presentations on the supremacy of Christ were closely followed by intense small group discussions. Then the small groups gave feedback to the big group. While the pace of the gathering was comfortable, before I knew it - it was over. One of the last questions we responded to had to do with how we would take the One project to our homes and implement "Jesus. All." in our context. Not surprisingly, there was a flurry of ideas that came in an unbroken stream. Ideas mentioned included: developing One project "curriculum", distributing/streaming recordings of future One project gatherings, twitter campaigns, facebook groups, replicating the One project weekends all over the world, One project wiki's, books, One project worship events, etc. Yes, yes, YES! A conference room full ministry gurus - undoubtedly, we could have been there batting ideas around for days. And while I am all for taking the One project to every nation, tribe and tongue, I was moved by and towards something different. Before I describe that let me be clear: I am all for "Jesus. All." The One project growing/multiplying/changing the world sound like a great idea. BUT, there was something else. An issue that was spoken to in our small groups, during meals, in hotel rooms, on flights, car trips, the lot. I"m referring to aloneness. At my table every person reflected explicitly or implicitly about how compelling the concept of, "Jesus.All.", and at the same time would describe how exhausted they were by how much they were trying to get done, often by themselves. As I left the One Project I wondered how this group of guys put this together. And like everyone else, I had some ideas of how to bring "Jesus. All." home. And then - all of a sudden - BAM! It hit me. Denver. DENVER! Before the Atlanta gathering, before Finland, before the One Project website, before @The1Project was on twitter there was a group of men that gathered in Denver and dreamed, prayed, praised, cried maybe, and longed for Jesus to reign supreme in the church they loved. Could it be that what we should do before campaigning "Jesus. All." at our homes is maybe take a few days and retreat with those people who will be by our sides? What if prior to sitting and planning the next evangelistic campaign we committed to not doing it alone? Maybe the One project would make a bigger difference at your home community if you committed to making sure 5 other people got it before you tried to convince 500. What if the One Project is supposed to result in many more Denver moments with few? I'm registered for Seattle - don't get me wrong - but I'm hungry for my Denver moment." - Enoc Lopez



 

2012 Seattle

"It showed me that my church is not an island, even though it may feel that way." - Lauren Wild

"Putting Jesus first means putting people first. Jesus All doesn't mean we loose what we believe, it gives all that we believe life!" - Tommy Panigot

"It meant remembering God in the small things, as well as the big things and finding the courage to go back to my community, willing to fight for His causes no matter what trials I face and opposition I find myself against. To bring Jesus' love to the least of these and exclude no one. Taking risks for Jesus like Ellen White did at the conference of 1888." - Karalee Garcia

"I came feeling empty, and I am leaving still feeling a little empty, but in a good way. An unattainable longing even. For Jesus." - Jonny Moor

"I not only am more in love with Jesus, but more in love with my church." - Jill Stickle

"This has been perhaps, the most enriching and encouraging spiritual and religious experience of my life. I feel closer to Jesus and more a part of my church then ever before." - Ian Field

"My love for Jesus has ben renewed and I have been humbled. Christ is my all. Of that I am sure." - Joylyn Crews

"It affirmed me, freed me, taught me, loved me. Thank you." - Sarah Ventura

"I have been totally renewed. This is the forefront of the Adventist movement. I am honored to be a part." - Samantha Richardson

"It was a great conversation! Lets keep talking!" - Delroy

"I appreciated the honesty with where the church is. How we got here, and what needs to change." - Tom Lemon

"The One project has been a reassuring experience for my ministry." - Paquini

"To worship with fellow Seventh-day Adventists that have a similar belief in Jesus was valuable." - Jay Jutzy

"For the first time in many years I felt proud to call myself and Adventist. I am inspired and daunted and excited and nervous and itching to head back to me church and community - to go back and live the message that Jesus. All. I wish I could say that I am leaving a changed person, but it would be more accurate to say I will go out as a person who is beginning. Beginning to love. Beginning to trust. Beginning to walk with greater faith and an increased confidence in my God and my church. I have been made more thankful for how Adventism began, how it has grown and where it can go. But now, after writing all of this, and concluding the gathering, I can only say, I am humbled to be His." - Amy Bauer-Heald

"Realigned. Personal. It was a personal re-encounter with Jesus and going forward I pray that the personal encounter will affect my home, my workplace, my church, my neighborhood. Jesus. All. Affecting all of my!" - B. Groff

"I am wrecked by the immensity of the call to be Jesus in this world." - Walter Groff

"This experience is a re-charge and a reassurance that I am not alone in wanting to see the Jesus I love more prominently in the church I love." - John Lubke

"My passion for Jesus has been rekindled. He is here." - Tim Peters

"I realized I wasn't alone on this journey." - Nancy Carbonell

"My heart was broken many times over, but completely reaffirmed by the testimonies and messages from the heart of God." - K.C.

"We love the One, we worship the One, and together we are the One." - Jiyau Li

"This project highlighted a like-minded community of Adventists that I am proud to be affiliated with. As a young adult I have struggled with the picture the SDA church presents of Jesus to the world, as well as the attitude of eliteness. If I weren't involved in ministering to the youth, I would have left the church. I find it difficult to bring people to Christ through our church when we are filled with judgmental, condemning 'Christ Followers' who are more concerned with 'Right thinking' than a meaningful life-changing relationship with Christ. It is encouraging to see our denomination address the issues of our past and present, while collectively seeking to be the church that God desires and needs us to be. I leave with hope for our denomination, and a desire to fuel this movement in the Adventist church." - Devann White

"Seeing Jesus. All. in so many others - both friends and strangers - is incredibly encouraging to me as I look at the future of our church." - Jana Lee

"Many questions answered." - Sabas

"This is a much-needed intimate gathering! It's great to see so many willing to stand up for the church and for Jesus." - Wayne Leman

"A precious time to come together and share Jesus, a time to reflect and reestablish-reevaluate my commitment to God." - Lorenna Carbajal

"The One project helped me see important Jesus is in everything and that all generations have had arguments with previous ones." - Kyle Lambert

"It meant a lot. The experience, more then the information, the community, the conversations, just being together with others who are passionate about God-Wonderful!" - Mary McVay

"Building a collective mind to make Jesus the focus of the Seventh-day Adventist church. I encountered Jesus." - Filip M.

"Hope." - Troy Ahrens

"One project was an amazing time of renewal for me, refreshing my faith and love for Jesus, re-invigorating my soul to serve more, and re-igniting my passion for Jesus and the Adventist church. It was wonderful to share in an open and non-judgmental environment-trusting and caring. I long for the day when each of our churches can have that same environment. Thank you for such wonderful worship, teaching, and discussion - it gave me what I needed... Jesus! Really appreciated everyone's hard work in pulling this together. Be Blessed." - Rod Long

"I was skeptical about coming here, but the One project has restored my faith in the earnest search for God in our church. I loved the worship services. It wasn't a show with big lights or even old school boring service. It was like hearing the angels singing along with us. It was a community of Jesus lovers praising His name in humble adoration. Simple guitars, simple piano, simple violins and simple voices - simply amazing worship. The presentations touched on topics that have caused a lot of pain in the church. It was good to hear that people from around the country have felt the same pain and want to change from whatever resentment they have to a love for Jesus. We're going back to basics - Jesus - and I love it. Best of al, We are not trying to go against the church, but grow with it." - Jessica

"Today I choose You again, and remind me in my moments that I have chosen to follow You." - Glenn Gibson

"A blessing and reminders!" - Janice Montesa

"I think the One project has changed my view on doctrine and on how Jesus should be the center of our lives." - Reese Jimenez

"I'm a freshman in high school, and this whole 'One project' thing meant a lot to me. I'm trying to figure out everything and figure out who God is. I found Him here." - Keeley Jones

"This experience to me, shows that lots of people believe what I believe that Jesus is everything. But now we must live that." - Zach McDonald

"I leave here armed with a conversation that will bring to the forefront the real, powerful, and relevant Jesus to my community." - Tyler Cantrell

"Allows time to refocus on Jesus." - Burt

"I am excited to go home re-centered on Jesus." - Rick Anderson Jr.

"This brought me so much clarity in where we as a church and I as an SDA teacher need to go - to the feet of Jesus!" - Tami Rowe

"Jesus is more then enough - Jesus. All!" - Lemar Sandiford

"The Adventist hope is in His return but our hope today must be in that He dwells in us between now and then." - Todd Rosspencer

"I have fallen in love with Jesus and my church all over again." - Tony Anobile Sr.

"Discovering the Jesus who has patiently been waiting for me to know Him more." - Julian Nash

"It has helped me to refocus everything through Christ." - Jon Remitera

"My heart could breath, I experience what I believe was what Heaven could be like. Jesus was lifted up in the truest form." - Jocelyn Prado

"I took a lot from the One project. I feel blessed and refreshed. I feel like a new person." - Daniel Meharry

"Hope for the future of our faith." - Don Williams

"This experience has revealed to me that the mystery of Christ within us is the hope of glory and that He is everything!" - Katy Meharry

"As a college student right now in my life, it was a blessing and great experience to make a connection with God in a simply way." - Bridget Bechtel

"It educated me on church history. It gave me answers to really hard questions. It enriched my life." - Laura Hoyt

"Powerful time of reflection and self evaluation." - John McCann

"Reminded me of my true SDA identity in Christ and brought healing from a Christless Adventist past." - Ron Pickell

"Jesus has been, is currently, and will always be a permanent reason for the existence of the Adventist church." - Craig Hadley

"So awesome to see Jesus lifted so high and be the focal point of all doctrine and ministry of the church." - J. Rincker

"As a Mennonite who had to leave the SDA church to find Christ, I am encouraged by this renewed focus on Jesus. All." - Jonathan Steen

"The One project is, I believe, a gathering for 'such a time as this'. The pure, supreme focus on Jesus as the foundation for our belief, our purpose, our very existence is inspiring. It makes me proud of my world church and family and it brings hope for our future as we stay fixated on Christ." - Sarah Asaftei

"I am proud to be an Adventist, because we are all about Jesus!" - Derek

"It gave me hope for the future of our church." - Vanessa Becker

"The One project is a breath of fresh air in Adventism. Let our church catch wind of the spark. Jesus. All." - Steven Shafer

"I am no longer ashamed to call myself an Adventist." - Cassi Fitzpatrick

"Sometimes going away with God gives me the restoration I need, but sometimes you're too hurt and alone to do that again. The One project renewed my heart. I am not alone as a woman, SDA lover of Jesus, and lover or people." - Chloe Lewis

"It gave me a renewed sense of passion for Christ. I'm excited to see what He has in store for me." - Heather Wells

"I am encouraged knowing there are so many other Adventists committed to following Jesus above all else." - Daniel Wysong

2011 helsinki

At the One gathering I loved the honesty of talks and conversation and that it is Jesus centered. It was great to be together with Christian friends and to hear and talk about Jesus for two days. Very inspiring! Jesus. All." - Jani Virolainen

"What a personal blessing to reinforce what I already believed! If only it could have been longer so we could flush out the next step in the journey." - Richard Carlson

"Jesus is such a great God and close friend! I am encouraged that there are Adventists who want to lift up Jesus and point to that our identity is first of all in Christ. I pray for Adventist leaders all over the world that they more than ever get in touch with Jesus and walk in his steps. I feel hope for an Adventist church who is sharing, not judging and warm after meeting so many great people. None but Jesus!" - Karianne Schandy

"All to Jesus I surrender - the One project in Helsinki was a breath of fresh air with Jesus... beautiful, strategic, theologically perfect and simple. Now it is action time again - looking forward to seeing Jesus glorified more in my life and in Adventism. This is the best virus ever!" - Atte Helminen

"After Atlanta I didn't think it could get any better. But then in Helsinki, I was asked to be one of the facilitators. It was amazing to see people having the same experience with Jesus that I had in Atlanta. It meant that I got to experience it again as well. Jesus. All." - Thomas Rasmussen

"The One Project encouraged me because it had such a clear focus on Jesus. The speakers were transparent and thy told their personal stories of what Jesus means to them, and that really inspired me.

The One Project made me want to know Jesus more and created in me a desire for a closer relationship with God. It made me want to serve Him more in my daily life, and share Him more with others. I fell in love with Jesus again!" - Roger Flaaokken

"I feel that my personal relationship whit Jesus was improved during this event. I had change to think Jesus in new fresh way. All teachers were inspirational. Thank you for coming to Finland." - Markku Heikkila

"I honestly went to the One project not knowing much at all what to expect, except that it was "all" about Jesus. It turned out to be different than anything I could have imagined. Deeply spiritual, extremely thought-provoking, un-conventional, worship-ful and far enough "out-of-the-box" to shake a person out of lethargy Life-changing. The presenters did an outstanding job stimulating thought and bringing their fresh thoughts across in a short amount of time. The music was moving and worshipful and really set the tone. We appreciated that very much.

The only negative thing was the time element. It ended too soon. :) The small groups were organized well, I thought, with a group facilitator and the option of moving to another table periodically.

We were really blessed to have been able to have our entire family participate! Our daughters got really interested when they saw the advertisement for the One project and we signed them up right away. When we first got to the meetings, we thought that maybe we had made a mistake and that it was intended only for church workers, but we were all extremely blessed by the experience, and I'm sure God had His hand in bringing us all there. :) A special thanks to Japhet for allowing me the privilege of joining! :)" - Amy Heinanen

"Attending the One project has made my heart sing. Being part of a gathering where we focus on the essentials of our faith and church - truly experiencing Revival and reformation in its purest form- gathering around our shared love for Christ and our passion for the church, without being sidetracked into agendas of who has the right truth." - Kirsten Oster-Lundqvist

  

2013 CHICAGO

A great spiritual retreat that I look forward to every year. Denny Grady

A renewed sense of intimacy with Jesus and His purpose in my life. Rob Mohr

It's a spiritual retreat for me as a pastor - Pedro M Trinidad

It's refreshing to see a gathering where honest dialogue can happen. Ricky

Loved the positive focus on Jesus. Great spirit and energy in the room. Scott Cady

Reaffirmed my faith in the future of the SDA Church. Elliot Smith

The ONE project has become my yearly breath of fresh air - Rogelio Paquini

It has become something my family is looking forward to attending yearly and hopefully in other countries as well as the US at some point. It is a place to find direction and hope for my personal relationship with Jesus, ministry and the church. I just want to continue sharing the One project with others. It's something put together by Jesus loving friends I trust. I'm proud of what is happening here. I feel that I experience the good news afresh and find enlightening perspectives for my life. I want our whole church to hear about it. I love that it is putting Jesus first and last and best and I believe that is what our church needs to be for our world. - Nick Snell

I have been to many conferences throughout my life, but none of them have inspired me to love Jesus and others more than the One Project Gathering. Because of my religious upbringing and human nature, I struggle with getting too focused on myself or other things. The gathering in Chicago left me humbled by the servant life of Jesus and His extravagant love for us all. There is no else one like Him. He is truly the One and I long for others to know this. -Deanne Snell

A renewed love of Jesus A new way of looking at study of Jesus' ministry as revealed in the gospels Jesus love for myself became much more personal - John Gilmore

I came to the One Project TIRED. As a wife, mother, and a full-time professor, I was swimming tired against the current. The gift of the One Project, to me, was the opportunity to be refreshed. I returned to my home, my ministry feeling revived and ready to share. Thank you! - Kendra Stanton Lee

Great experience to recharge my spiritual batteries and recalibrate my focus on Christ only, in everything I do. thank you for an uplifting time. I only wish more of my friends and church family could be part of it. William Jamieson

The One Project renewed my hope regarding the center of Adventism. At times it seems like peripheral things shout so loudly and get so much press. The silent majority seems to be speaking. Finally. - Steve Case

One Project is a great opportunity to focus on Jesus and to have that discussion with others. The concept of just Jesus resonates with the Book of Acts experience where the preaching of the apostles centered on Jesus and Him alone. I appreciated the central focus and gives me further reminder to daily focus on Him. - Gerard Kiemeney

It is really hard to describe what the 1project meant to me personally. All I know is that for the first time in several years, I felt Gods presence like never before. God spoke to me in the time I spent listening as he spoke through the different speakers, as I listened and shared with the people on my table and as I prayed like never before. I am very thankful to God for that. It was like the '2nd touch' and now I want to go deeper!!! - TP

"Where else can you find such generous space for dialogue, worship, Jesus-saturated inspiration, and unity? As e.e. cummings observed, 'there's nothing as something as one.'" - Chris Blake

I was born and raised an Adventist but I've never experienced Jesus like this! I will never be the same after the One project. -Desiree Watterson

It was just what my heart needed. I praise God for His powerful message through each speaker! -Sheila

It meant that nothing; no politics, no members, or even astray leadership could end this Advent movement. Jesus is the center, He holds us up. Our lives don't define or refine Him, but He defines and refines our very purpose, both as a church and the individual. - Josh Hester

I saw the interest of a newer generation shaping the church in a way that keeps Jesus relevant for our times. - Affif Leonor

I was really resisting the Holy Spirit's call to go to the One Project. I didn't want to go because I felt like I had fallen into a spiritual hole and I assumed that this conference would be boring. Praise the Lord I was wrong. The speakers were incredibly motivational and there was time in-between presentations so that my brain could absorb and store what I learned. Sharing at the tables helped remind me that spiritual struggle is a part of life here on Earth, especially when you're working in ministry. I ended up leaving the One Project full of encouragement and motivation to get out of the hole I fell into. The One Project was just the refreshment I needed to go back home and be the urban missionary God has called me to be. Praise God for the ministry of The One Project! God had to drag me there kicking and screaming but I'm so glad I went. :) - Sierra Davis.

An awesome drawing near of the Holy Spirit. Great to be with others with an unutterable desire of the soul to be closer to Jesus. Amazing experience. Can't wait until next year!! - Judi Tompkins

For two days, for possibly the first time in my life, I felt real communion. I have felt worship before, but not a community of worshipers before the throne of God with just One purpose. Without fear of being reproached or yelled at or made to feel guilty for who I am. The love of Jesus was present, and I am so thankful I got to be there so I can now share than experience with other people! - Kristen Kuehmichel

This was an incredible time of refocusing my beliefs on Christ. It was revitalizing to my faith and ministry. - Ryan Becker

While I will never know what Pentecost felt like I think the Chicago gathering was as close I'll get. The Holy Spirit was in that place. Kirk

Being here really renewed and deepened my love for Jesus. Being with Him and friends from across time and space truly felt like a piece of heaven. We laughed, cried, prayed, and cheered together. I didn't want it to end. - Raewyn Hankins

It was renewing and encouraging to hear others speak of similar struggles, affirm the power and love of Jesus available to all of us, and emphasize inclusiveness. - Pat Spangler

Very blessed. It was excellent. I got that 2nd touch from Jesus. Praise God for one1project. - Marius E Marton

The One Project moves far beyond the seminars, Bible conferences, and revivals of my Adventist youth, drawing me into a deeper and more satiating relationship with Jesus and his Word. In his presence, I more fully understand not only what Jesus has done and continues to do in life, but also how he enables me to humbly share his love, mercy, and grace with people who don't yet know him. - Tanya R. Cochran

The One Project was a great look into following Jesus and his teachings more closely. A revival in its own right. - Keith Rusk

My experience in the One Project reminded me of the universality of the Gospel message, Jesus. - Don

This was my second One Project gathering. I was concerned that it would not live up to the past experience but I was blessed even more by this year's event. I left feeling connected and centered on Jesus. - Chris Grissom

It was a hug from God. It gave me a moment to regroup, refocus, and reenergize in the midst of life. - Sara-May Colón

Experiencing The1Project was a breath of fresh air in the hectic life ministry that I face. I came back home powered up by refocusing my sight in the One who can give me strength always. Thank you all for The1Project! - Marcellus de Oliveira

When I first thought about the ONE project, I wondered how we would talk about Jesus for two days. Now I wonder how we will ever exhaust that subject! The program elements reflect my experience: CONVERSATIONS I had about Jesus (and there were lots), how Jesus INTERSECTS with all aspects of my life and experiences, and how the ONE Project RECALIBRATED my Jesus perspective. Thanks again! - Rod Long

This was a deeply meaningful spiritual experience for both my wife and I, especially the conversations around the tables. We were richly blessed. Thank you very much! - Tom Goodwin

I've been so tired of the judgment and the emptiness that I feel when I step into the local churches. I've also judged leaders for their position at their 'Bully pulpit' and this own bitterness in my mouth has caused me to loose sight of Just Jesus. One project put so much into perspective and shared with me that I am not alone in my thoughts and feelings. It also assured me that I am a sinner as are the leaders in all congregations and we all need to be held accountable through the LOVE of Christ and not our our finger shaking, morality mopping, "If you love Jesus keep his commandments" attitudes. Instead of telling them that Christians act this way or that way, show them. Become Christlike and love others, embrace those that persecute you even if you feel like it's the leaders in your own church. - Kandi Jamieson

The experience as a whole truly was awesome. It was the most connected I have felt to my church in a while. I brought two non-Adventist Christian friends with me (one a youth pastor) and they were truly blessed by their experience. That cannot always be said by a visitor at an Adventist gathering, so I was so glad to hear that they felt included and welcome. God is doing some amazing things in His church, which crosses denominational boundaries and I am excited for the future. - Michael Nixon

TOP2013 was a blessing! I'm on a journey learning that Jesus is my everything... being at TOP2013 further encouraged me to live in Jesus. - Janice De-Whyte

It was so refreshing to talk about Jesus as one would a friend--a loving, genuine friend Who you want to introduce to others. -Patty Knittel

We as a church are to often consumed by the politics and theological differences within the spectrum of believers. I feel a renewed call as a follower of Jesus to make sure that I'm become part of the light and not the heat. To build up and not tear down the body of Christ on this earth--that is my prayer.--Jeff Dever

The One Project for me was an amazing experience of worship, community, encouragement and profound discussions about how Jesus is to be the center of our church. It has made me fall more in love with Jesus and the Adventist church! - RayRay Moaga

I was encouraged to see people of all ages and walks of life united in worship with their central focus on Jesus. It made me proud to be an Adventist. - Kelli Vigil

This was a great opportunity for me to disconnect myself from everyday life and focus on what it means to be a follower of Jesus by being spiritually fed on the Bread of Life and challenged by the love of the Lamb. - Art Preuss

I get caught up in life. Remembering Jesus as the center and source of everything reminds me that the hustle of life is not what is most important. A constant reminder that, as John the Baptist said, i must become less as He must becomes more, is at the center of my walk with Jesus. The One is a place where i am reminded of this fact. - Burt Clark

It was meaningful to be able to have discussions with family members, friends, and strangers. I enjoyed being able to hear different perspectives, feelings, understandings, etc. This gathering also came at a point where I was feeling disconnected from God. He's still working on reconnecting fully with me, but this gathering was a wonderful "2nd touch" (or maybe 50th touch) from Him in reconnecting and experiencing His love and unending commitment to me. -Lauren Snell

The gathering was transformative. It is clear that the future of the church (and Christianity) is directly linked to its ability and willingness to place Jesus at the center of its mission. Our past, present and future are completely reconciled in the Person of Jesus. I left the gathering with a desire to want more of Him and less of me. - Dr. Manny J. Gonzalez

After years in ministry, I am seeing a movement of the Spirit I have not previously seen in my lifetime. It's a new awakening. Centered in Christ, it is neither behavioral or perfectionist, nor intellectual or permissive.It's not theological nor do these gatherings tiptoe around the important of thinking well of God, and living in and through the God of Jesus Christ. It's not about the church, nor does it ignore the necessity and beauty of the body of Christ. It fosters discipleship, without spiritual narcissism. It moves from the distraction of "issue" to the focus of relationship! As Simon of old could say when he saw Jesus the newborn, "For my eyes have seen Thy salvation." God is at work here. I am grateful to be witness, and to have been touched. - Greg Hoenes

This experience was Jesus's second healing touch in my life and my heart swells with His love that I can't help but share with others. - Chris Kaatz

The gathering in Chicago was a mini Jesus focused vacation that spoke to my soul and refreshed my spirit! It went by far too fast but was an amazing Jesus centered, God breathed time of renewal and recalibration! - Cortney Needham

It was a recalibration opportunity in my relationship with Jesus. Going back to my church with a new vision of what it means to look at my brothers & sisters through the eyes of Jesus. - Denice Marquez

This experience meant focusing my life on Jesus by living, preaching and teaching the Gospel in the context of Adventist Christian faith. Jesus. All. Period. - CJ Cousins

This experience was the spiritual retreat my soul needed. Thanks to all the leadership who allowed God to use them in such a powerful way. - Milton Marquez

It changed the direction of my preaching! And simplified my life around Jesus as the focus. This was Camp Meeting, Week of Prayer with Morris Venden, a revival, a prayer summit and so much more all wrapped up in one--on steroids! - David Gardner

This was a life changing, life giving experience - isn't it always when you are with Jesus? As Chris and I left we were sharing what most impacted us personally. Mine was this, "I was challenged to go deeper in my understanding of Jesus which means my understanding of all biblical truth (Jesus). I was also challenged to walk in this life with humility." Beth Grissom

I left with a lot of questions on how to implement the One philosophy. It made me realize the power of servantleadership and left me with the realization that mentoring and empowering young adults to lead now is critical if we are to be the church for generations to come. There needs to be a call to action to be radical on Christ just as the founders of our church were radical and focused on simply Jesus. I'm sure it would be controversial and would meet with resistance. But in the end all would be stripped away and it would be about the One. - Stephanie Johnson

I highly value being in a room full of like-minded, forward-thinking Jesus lovers who want to make the church better instead of leaving it for another. The One Project always gives me hope for our church, and for my personal journey in getting to know Jesus. -Heather Moor

It meant putting Jesus back in the center of my church especially for my generation. - Austin Roberts

When asked how the One Project was, the only response I could give was "life-changing". Being immersed in the Adventist bubble my entire life, this is the first time that I could ever describe a single event as having such an impact on me, specifically an impact for Jesus. - Lindsay Dever

Very moving overall in terms of connection with Jesus. Inspiring worship. Challenging speakers and discussion. Joy! Hope for future of SDA in its affect on the world. - Bob Little

It has refreshed my love for Jesus and my church. I have left with a new sense of wonderment of His love and a new vision of what my life should be with Just Jesus. Corina Dupper

I very much enjoyed the reminders of Jesus love for humanity and me specifically. It's easy to get caught up in life and forget just how spectacular it is that the Creator/Redeemer God of the Universe cares so much about me. William Helbley

I experienced a spiritual seismic shift: I went from "Jesus-and ____" thinking to Jesus. All. Jesus is the center of my faith and the center of my church. --Alyssa Foll

I was brought face to face with Jesus! My great need was exposed and my heart broke as I looked into His eyes of love. I knew He was sufficient! Thank you for focusing on Jesus.Only.All! - April Romuald

This experience showed me that it's not about me. As simplistic as that may sound. It's just not about me. It takes the pressure off. I absolutely cannot save myself. I can't restore myself. I am utterly in need of Jesus. All the time. He's the center. And in ministry and in life, we can get so focused on us and what we're dealing with that we can start thinking that we do the saving, the restoring, and the loving beyond measure. The One Project was about centering us on the only Person that deserves attention, focus, praise, and honor. It's not about peripheral things...it's about central things - and that is Jesus. - Alejandra Torres

The One Project allowed me to renew my faith and inspired hope for the future of our church. - Justin Okimi

The experience was powerful and beautiful. I have never seen such authentic Christianity and have since decided to begin my own authentic journey. Thank you very much. - David

The One Project was food for my mind, heart, and soul. I encountered passionate, intelligent Adventists who gave me new hope for our church, and most importantly I was encouraged anew on the journey deeper into the heart of Christ. - Alicia Johnston