The Captivated Story

Lizzie & Tom

Captivated Story

In January 2007, 5 months after marrying Tom I discovered to my delight that I was pregnant. After the initial excitement a whole host of new emotions set in. Mostly I think, I was terrified. What would life look like as a mum? Would I still feel like me? How would I have time for my relationship with God?

In September 2007, Caleb was born. What a beautiful boy and what an incredible blessing. Caleb had colic though and it felt like he mostly screamed for the first few months and then was permanently grumpy until he was about 10 months old. Incredible how much a little person can bring so much joy and so many tears all at the same time! As all new mums quickly discover, life gets turned upside down with a baby. I was the same person, but everything else was completely different.

Discovering that there was very little in the way of Christian support specifically for mums, I began to day dream about my friends and I attending a conference that would not only feel like a special outing and a treat but that would encourage us in our new and often overwhelming roles as parents. It would also inspire and challenge us to make the most of the new evangelistic opportunities we have during this stage in our lives. I wanted to see if anyone would value a conference like this and set up the Captivated Facebook Group. It soon became apparent that there were lots of mums out there who felt the same as me and who really valued the support the group gave them.

I began chatting to a few friends about making the dream of a conference into a reality and before long a working group of four mums was formed, a date was set and a venue booked.

We’re nearly ten years down the line now of running these conference which is absolutely, completely, a testimony to how great God is – because planning a conference with little people has totally meant we have had to rely on God A LOT! The story of the little boy with a few loaves and fishes, really resonates with the team. We feel like God has taken the little offering we have in our hands and used it to make Captivated happen. It’s a miracle that God can use a bunch of stretched, busy mums to create a conference where hundreds of mums can come before God and be encouraged.

As time went on and things grew – including our own families! We became a team of six (which is AMAZING apart from trying to find meeting dates that all of us can do!) Every member of the team plays a crucial role in seeing the conference happen, every member using their beautiful gifts. It’s a lot of fun and hard work but always totally worth it.

Scratching around for inspirations for my ‘young mums inspiration’ meeting this afternoon. Again you inspired me to inspire them. Thanks.

Thanks Lizzie for setting up this group. I am finding it so encouraging to be in touch with other Jesus following mummies in the same situation as me.

I began chatting to a few friends about making the dream of a conference into a reality and before long a working group of four mums was formed, a date was set and a venue booked.

And now we have eight conferences under our belts! Absolutely, completely, a testimony to how great God is – because planning a conference with little people has totally meant we have had to rely on God A LOT! The story of the little boy with a few loaves and fishes, really resonates with us, the Captivated team. We feel like God has taken the little offering we have in our hands and used it to make Captivated happen. It’s a miracle that God can use a bunch of stretched, busy mums to create a conference where hundreds of mummies can come before God and be encouraged.

As time went on and things grew – including our own families! We became a team of six (which is AMAZING apart from trying to find meeting dates that all of us can do!)

I have grown to love SO much the team of incredible ladies that I get to dream and scheme with. We are currently praying about what the future holds for Captivated, what the future will bring and how best to serve and bless the incredible mums who are are part of the captivated community.

Lizzie Bassford

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