Thursday, May 26, 2005

ATI E-mail Update
ATI e-mail update forwarded to me.


Dear ATI Families,

We would like to thank you all for your prayers for the Big Sandy Training Conference. We have been hearing many reports of how families were impacted by the powerful messages that were shared. The conference speakers were outstanding! Several seasoned ATI parents presented keys on how to raise children who will remain faithful to the Lord. Dr. Gothard spoke on the rewards of memorizing and meditating on Scripture, and included presentations by individuals who have memorized large portions of Scripture. Testimonies were shared by several individuals who have experienced severe trials, and have seen God's faithfulness in the midst of tragedy. All families were welcome to join in the First Year Family training which was presented by Dr. Gothard and Phil and Diane Bowman. The sessions were very practical and inspiring for families with children of all ages. (For a review of the Big Sandy Conference, please visit

Plan now to attend one of the 2005 Regional Training Conferences! There is still time for your family to experience the inspiration, fellowship, and refreshment of a Regional Training Conference. Join us at one of the following conferences:

May 31-June 3, 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee
July 5-8, 2005 in Sacramento, California
August 9-12, 2005 in Indianapolis, Indiana

For more conference information visit the website shown above.

As we prepare for the Nashville Training Conference, we would appreciate your continued prayer support. Please consider the requests below as the Lord brings them to mind.

In Christ,
George Vogrin
ATI Director

Wednesday, May 25
Please pray that the city of Nashville and surrounding areas will be protected from evil influences, and that the conference will benefit those in the community. Pray also that the weather next week best accomplishes the needs of the attendees.

Thursday, May 26
The publications team at Headquarters is preparing many of the resources that will be offered to the families. Please pray for wisdom, efficiency, and safety as they prepare and transport these materials. Pray that vehicles and equipment will function well, and that these resources will have a lasting impact in the hearts and homes of those who use them.

Friday, May 27
Please pray for Dr. Gothard as he prepares for the conference. Pray that each attendee will be encouraged with a special message from the Lord that will impact their future decisions.

Saturday, May 28
A major topic for the Nashville Conference is using our kingdom authority in Christ to disable Satan's work. Obviously, Satan is trying to stop this message however he can. Please ask the Lord to do something great in each life and protect the people, facilities, and equipment from interference.

Sunday, May 29
Please pray for safety, encouragement, and strength for the ATI staff as they plan, and for the Nashville Training Center staff as they finish preparing their facility. In the midst of final preparations, pray that each person will honor the Lord's Day as He directs them.

Monday, May 30
Please pray for the staff traveling to Tennessee today, and for all equipment to work as the video team preserves the messages given this week for future use. Pray that hearts would be cleansed for the Lord to work freely.

Tuesday, May 31
As families travel to Nashville today, please pray for safety, family harmony, and circumstances that will prepare everyone for a good week. Pray also for the staff as they coordinate last-minute details. As the sessions begin tonight, pray that the Lord will work in each heart in a powerful way.

Wednesday, June 1
Today's sessions address marriage harmony, hearing a child's heart, Scriptural foundations for education, and conquering fears. As ALERT Cadet, Pre-EXCEL, COMMIT, Children's Institute and WINGS programs begin today, pray that team leaders will have wisdom and sensitivity to work with challenges that arise, and that each child will benefit from this week.

Thursday, June 2
Today, please pray that the Lord will use the messages of Dr. Karl Coke, Dewey Novotny, and George Keller to bring about world-changing results. Pray also for the musicians who are ministering throughout the week, and for mothers who have young children with them.

Friday, June 3
On this last morning of the conference, pray for continued strength for each family. Please pray for Dr. Gothard and others as they present insights today on showing love to offenders, meditating on Scripture, and using kingdom authority. As the student choir sings tonight and the conference concludes, pray the Holy Spirit will prompt total surrender in each heart and that relationships will be restored.

Saturday, June 4
Praise the Lord for His blessing on the week! As the families and staff return home, pray for safe travel, time to reflect on lessons learned, and that God will be glorified in new and greater ways through each life!

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Anonymous Mairzy said...

Wow, this email brings back Knoxville memories... most of them sleep-deprived, and most of them good. I even miss that student choir, although possibly not "When We See Christ."

4:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do all the staff call him "Dr." now?

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait - I need to turn down my green day so I can start 'think clearly' to post....;)

This site brings back a ton of memories - mostly good, except for the suicidal ones that were resolved through other - institute condemned - counselling.....

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it's because its 2:30 in the morning but what was the point of his whole email to the families. Dr. Gothard this and Dr. that, it just makes me sick. I feel sorry for those attending the same thing over and over again. I would love to meet those seasoned ATI families. How long do you give them before they're in Bill's bad list?

11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man, the picture of the main conference at the provided link makes it look like church camp compared to Knoxville. It definitely brings back memories of back in the heyday of the conference when the Vols stadium would house a packed out show. Standing under those glaring freakin' hot lights every afternoon practicing "It Will be Worth It All" hoping our parents would let us go down to the hotel swimming pool that night and swim/look at the forbidden fruit. What joyous times I don't miss...

12:36 PM  
Anonymous no, no, no! said...

"Girls in the Pre-EXCEL program learned about the meaning of virtue through songs, skits, and crafts. Their focus centered on seeing God’s purpose for bringing people into their lives and the importance of sharing God’s love with them."

Translation: It's never too early to begin teaching the girls to view breeding and childrearing as their only function. Yes, God will bring many people (i.e. 7-12 children) into their lives, so that they can share God's love by home schooling with ATI.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Semirrahge said...

The "Dr." is a new one for me, although I do know that Mr. Fredrickson has made the jump to "Dr."

The email does bring back memories, a few of them good, most of them indifferent and several I'd rather not experience again.

The "Knoxville Rush" in the Print Shop is not a fun thing, and these new "mini-Knoxvilles" just manage to spread the pain and suffering of the PS staff out over months instead of five weeks.

I for one really loved the choir, and "When We See Christ" - although that in itself is bittersweet... Practically every memory I have of my IBLP days is tainted by the knowledge that I was blinded to the truth, and gladly accepting of the propoganda that was fed to me.

I'm really glad that not everyone regrets their time in blue and white... But I do.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Seabhag said...

Ah... the Knoxville rush in the printship... The 11-who knows when hour days.. Semi.. Remember when JN did the 26 hour work day?? Or were you up there then? He went through three helpers in the meantime. :-)


4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, I guess it's permissable for this PRIVATE email to be posted on your site, X-er? I just thought that since you were a lawyer :-) that you had probably already checked this out to make sure you had not violated some "privacy law" by posting an email that was not sent directly to you from ATI/IBLP.

I wonder if Oak Brook teaches its students these things??!!

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Unvoiced said...

Oh Mr. Anonyumous ... way to go tuff guy! I'm sure X-er is real scared now.

Seabag... I remember the J.N. 26hour work day. I tried to match him but never could. I only snagged 23the last Knoxville they had. Remember trying to explain them time cards... LOL

11:11 PM  
Blogger Seabhag said...

LOL.. yeah.. the lady in in payroll didn't know what do to when JN put 26 hours down for one day.. Took.. I dunno.. 15 or 20 minutes to explain to her how that worked...


7:53 AM  
Blogger Porkchop said...

Yes. Definately brings back the sticky memories of Knoxville. Feeling faint from the heat, walking miles, screaming into walkie-talkies, feeling worried that all your work would be nixed at the last minute for a bigger and better project, wishing that you can catch just a few minutes of sleep...

And then off to Northwoods to rest. HAH!

10:47 AM  
Blogger Derby said...

Anonymous, it's a mass mailing sent to people only very loosely associated with ATI. IMO, it's not illegal to post this. (I'm not a lawyer, though).

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah the "rebel" in the picture at the top may have drums...but ...he's ugly as a dog. The drums don't help him much. Very ugly guy...I hope that's not you. Yikes. But then I could see why you would need to start something like this site for some kind of attention.

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Oink. I'm a pig! said...

My memories are all of the ALERT Cadet Challenge... I remember soaking my leader with water, having to do 50 pushups (on hot pavement, OW!) then not being allowed to go find my parents (even though my dad signed the slip of paper saying I could sign myself out) and being forced to do 50 more pushups because the leader was still a bit damp.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw this. For "Anonymous"- it's nice to know you judge people based on appearance. How very ATI of you! And you can't even see X-er's face- what is wrong w/ a little hair?! :) Sweetheart, sounds like you are the one who needs attention.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Rehabilitated Knoxville Planner/Worker said...

Mr. G is a "Dr." now because he received a PhD from Louisiana Baptist University, as did Mr. Fredrickson.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell? Doesn't Mr. Gothard realize that the strongholds of education will only be encouraged by his conformity to the worlds titles? Mr. Gothard should be made aware that all his followers rely on the Lord's ordination - not wordly rewards for acdemic achievement. And I will never call that pretentious, self-serving man Doctor.

11:17 AM  
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