Words From A Friend

Rachel is a great friend of 1229 Ministries. She shared these words with us in reflection of ONE 2015 and in anticipation of another great conference in April.


"Thank you 1229 Ministries for your effort put into the One conference. It was so refreshing to be at a women's event where the ONE focus was on ONE life, ONE love, and ONE passion lived out as we follow Jesus Christ. God used the event to break me free from holding onto bitterness, which had grown in my heart after the death of our child. As my empty, and open, hands were raised before my ONE Lord Jesus Christ, peace entered my heart. I'm grateful for the work you are doing to encourage women to love Jesus. You are bringing in speakers who cut through the "fluff" of life and point ladies to Jesus Christ, the mighty King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What you are seeking to accomplish, in this day and age, is no small task and God greatly blessed your efforts as evidenced last year through the worship and solid Biblical teaching clearly presented to the ladies who were blessed to attend."

Would YOU join us and see what God will do in your life, with your worship, and through your time spent with Him?


2016 ONE Tees

'. . .Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.' -Romans 12:2


This year's ONE tees feature Romans 12:2 (a hint of what's to come at conference) and come in two great colors!


The RENEW tee is printed on Bella Canvas' Triblend Tee featuring a uniquely soft triblend heather fabrication, modern feminine fit, crew neck and short sleeves, in one of the season's most popular colors, cranberry.

Our teal ROMANS tee features Romans 12:2 and comes in a Bella Canvas V-neck with a modern, relaxed fit for effortless style. It's quite possibly the softest tee you will ever wear. 

Pre-orders placed by Monday, March 7 will be available for pick up at ONE. Shirts will also be available in limited supply at ONE.

See the Bella Canvas Sizing Chart here.

Renew tee designed by Alyssa Broussard (Zeal Design Co.)
Romans 12:2 tee designed by Katie Jensen

The Story of ONE and 1229 Ministries

For moms with littles, time in the shower can be precious. And it seems, at least for me, that sometimes in the shower I get some pretty good thinking done. Those few precious minutes all alone can birth great ideas. And honestly, sometimes, that's where the most quiet moments of my day are found. And that's where I can hear God's still small voice.

February 2014
I was living in Louisiana with my family. My husband was finishing graduate school, and we were anticipating a move back "home" to Iowa in March. I was thinking about my friends and what we need most in life. I was thinking about how we are busy and distracted by all sorts of things - jobs, side jobs, at-home businesses, kids, husbands, volunteering. I was thinking about how we all want to be better at something - better at being an employee or sister or wife or mom or employer or daughter or at home business leader or homeschooler or  . . . . . . 

And then God reminded me there is only one way to be better at any and all of those things. JESUS. 

And then I imagined a room full of friends from all around, hearing another friend speak truth and point us to Jesus as the answer to all of our seeking and striving. 

And then ONE was born.

It wasn't ONE at the time, but an idea, a crazy idea, to find some friends to put on a women's event. It didn't have a name or a date or a speaker or a location. It was just an idea. 

I called my bestie Joy. She thought I was nuts. And being one of my best friends, she knew that putting an event together of this magnitude might be stressful for me (that's an understatement. She said it pretty straight to me.) But I pushed on, believing that if God had called me (and by me, I meant us!) to this task that He would provide everything we needed - from start to finish, from details to big stuff, from the work in my own heart to the work in others to make it happen. And that's just what He's done.

We moved to Iowa. I tossed the idea at a pastor friend who encouraged me to talk to a pal in a state denomination office. That was late June 2014. And things moved fast from there. 

I had been praying that God would even go so far as to name this event - that I wouldn't necessarily be the one to come up with something catchy or creative or influential or trendy. But that God would give us the name for this event. Joy and I had been tossing around ideas. One day she shot me a text message with close to 20 possibilities. "ONE" was among the possibilities. And it stood out to me almost immediately with an addition of a tag line: life. love. passion. I even sat down at my computer with my very limited skills and sketched out a logo. I took a screen shot and sent it to 3 friends with an explanation that the name of the event could be ONE with a "life.love.passion" tagline. I thought I included Joy in this message. Later that day, she and I finally got a chance to connect by phone.
Me: "What do you think about ONE: life. love. passion?"
Joy: "I have been praying all day and hoped you would choose ONE."
Me: "Right. Like I said in the text."
Joy: "What text?"
Me: "The text with the mock up logo and explanation. I sent that to you and Jill and my sister."
Joy: "Nope. You didn't send that to me. But there ya go. I think we have a name!"

By July we were talking about ONE and we had secured Jen Wilkin as the speaker.

The next big decision was the Scripture focus for the weekend. I obviously wanted to leave that to Jen's discernment as she thought about our conversations and what we believed Central Iowa women might need to hear. I continued to be drawn to Deuteronomy 6:4-5 where God challenged the Israelite nation, amidst ALL that distracted them from Him, to worship Him alone.  Jen and I were chatting one day about the conference and I asked what she was thinking for a Scripture focus. Jen said, "I think Mark 12 would be a home run in this case, a no-brainer. Jesus answered the question of "What is the greatest commandment?" by pointing back to Deuteronomy 6." And there ya go. We had our Scripture. 

All along this path God has been faithful. Not just because of stories like those above, but because He simply IS FAITHFUL. He has put this together. He will do the work. He will bring His daughters to Himself. We just get to be a small part of this adventure called ONE. 

Joy and I were also blessed in this journey to find a partner in ministry in Kari Minter. Kari serves as women's ministry director at WestWind Church in Waukee. At her pastor's prompting, Kari met with us late fall 2014 to hear about this crazy idea. Joy and I both felt nearly immediately that we wanted Kari to say "Yes!" to working with us, but we weren't sure she would. At the end of our meeting that day, Kari told us that she would certainly spend time praying about this decision, but also that she had a contract for a WestWind women's spring 2015 event on her desk. She explained that she didn't know why, but something had been keeping her from sending it back in with a deposit. "And I think ONE just might be the reason."

And the rest, as they say, is history. 1229Ministries was formed as the leadership/planning crew behind ONE.  Mark 12:29 is our banner verse: "This is the most important,' Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One."  We pray that our lives are focused on the ONE Who gives us life and breath and purpose.

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Hotel Registration GIVEAWAY!

We LOVED hearing who you all are inviting to ONE conference. We're so excited about seeing women teaming up to worship Jesus and we're excited YOU'RE excited about it too!

We had so much fun giving away the registration prize, we're doing another giveaway! This time we're giving away one hotel room for conference weekend.

You're going to want to let all your girlfriends know (because hello, if they win, they'll let you room with them, right?!) and get yourself signed up to win below. 

Giveaway ends 11:59pm Feb 18. Winner will be announced Feb 19.
(Note: This prize does NOT include registration. You can purchase your registration here.)

Good luck. We hope you win! 

UPDATED: This contest is now closed. Winner announced below. Thanks to everyone that participated!

UPDATED UPDATE: Morgan P. has given up her win - long story, but she's still coming to the conference. HOLD ON FOR A REDRAW!

FINAL UPDATE: Our winner is Melissa M! Congratulations.



2016 Conference Registration GIVEAWAY!

We’re so excited about what God has in store for us in just a few short months at the ONE conference. So excited, in fact, that we wanted to give away a FREE REGISTRATION(!!) to one lucky lady! One of our favorite ways to show love on our team at 1229 Ministries is to give wonderful gifts. What better gift than a weekend getaway with your beautiful friends and the ones you’ve yet to meet! You have until 11:59pm on this coming Thursday the 28th to enter and we will announce the winner on Friday the 29th!

Enter the giveaway below! We hope you win! :)

UPDATED: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to MORGAN S. (Be watching your email inbox for details on how to claim your prize.)
Thanks everyone for entering! We love hearing who you are all inviting to ONE this year!