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Anaheim conference helps women connect

September 11, 2009 6:16:17 PM PDT
Julie Franks and her friend made the trip from Bakersfield to Anaheim for a girls weekend, and so did more than 14,000 other women."We were both talking about our husbands on the way up and she handed me this book that gave us the secret to men," said Franks.

"Women of Faith" is a conference that has drawn more than four million women together over the past 14 years. Organizers say artists, authors and performers help women to connect and feel inspired.

"Just have that step of faith to be able to walk forward in the difficulties everyone's facing economically," said Lori Cook of La Habra, "it just brings us back to what's most important."

"Laughing at all those things that bring you down, and it's a good place to get picked up again," said Franks.

"People are looking for advice from the man above to give them an idea because the country is in bad shambles right now," said Peggy Gilreath of Tulare, Calif.

"I'm here to be restored, and be healed, and renewed and refreshed," said Regina Mitchell of Nevada.

The event is taking place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and features celebrities including Grammy Winner Steven Curtis Chapman and Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair on "The Facts of Life."

Some participants say they hope they get some answers to their challenges during the two-day conference, and if they find no answers, at least go away feeling more hopeful.

There are still tickets available to the Women of Faith Conference.

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