Diamonds 2020 is coming up THIS WEEK–and we want you to come!
Diamonds is an annual online conference, hosted by author and spoonie Sara Willoughby (who I’m so grateful to call a good friend of mine), that’s geared for Christians who are chronically ill. The conference is completely free and remote–all sessions are streamed live on YouTube (and then saved) so you can watch from wherever you are. This year, Diamonds is taking place January 23rd-25th–Thursday through Saturday of this week. The theme of the 2020 conference is Fighting Together: Relationships In Chronic Illness.
What can you expect at Diamonds 2020? We have 17 speakers (many of whom are my good friends) who will be sharing sessions, ranging from well-known ministry leaders like Joni Eareckson Tada to normal everyday people who live with chronic illness (like me!). Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are jam-packed with sessions on topics such as:
- Chronic illness in the workplace
- How God can redeem your loneliness
- The benefit of suffering
- Relationships with people who are not chronically ill (this is what I’ll be speaking on!)
Many speakers will also be doing Q&A’s so you can get to know them personally. And at every session, we’ll have giveaways of products from companies like Vogmask (there are currently 42 Vogmasks sitting in a box in my living room), TeeSpoonie, and Abilitee Adaptivewear. It’s going to be three days of nonstop encouragement and fun! I’m on staff for Diamonds both as a speaker and in other capacities and have been working on our social media, company sponsorships, etc for months. But I’m also SO looking forward to being an attendee and watching the conference with a friend, because the realities of chronic illness have been really discouraging me as I’ve gotten sicker the last several months. The conference is just what I need right now and it could be just what you need, too.
If you’re coming to the conference, you’ll want to make sure to grab a copy of our study guide. The Diamonds 2020 study guide is available on Amazon as an ebook for free, or as a paperback for just $5.99. Keep the study guide handy during the conference to follow along and take notes with each session.
We even have a merch store this year that opens TODAY so you can purchase T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, and more with the Diamonds logo–a great way to remember what you learned at the conference all year long!
Finally, I want to say that even if you aren’t chronically ill, you’re still welcome to come to Diamonds. The principles shared at Diamonds apply to all kinds of situations and relationships that you can use in your own life. The conference can also help you better support your chronically ill friends and family–because even if you think you don’t know anyone who is chronically ill, statistics show that you absolutely do.
And if you have a heart for this ministry and would like to help cover the costs associated with the conference–such as paying for the streaming platform, formatting the study guide, and helping with Diamonds 2021–you can donate to the conference here. Last year’s conference had hundreds of attendees watching live, with 23,000 people watching the saved videos throughout the year–so your donation is helping thousands of people be encouraged in their walk with the Lord through long-term illness, and they don’t have to pay a thing.
Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay on top of the latest updates. You can register for the conference and access the full conference schedule by visiting this webpage. I am so looking forward to Diamonds 2020 and am spending this week in prayerful preparation for everyone who will attend. I hope to “see” you there!
Will you be attending Diamonds 2020? Feel free to share about the conference with a friend or family member who might benefit!