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This past weekend was a pretty wild weekend for me, a few other MNU students, and a whole bunch of teens! The youth groups of Grace Community Church of the Nazarene and KC First Church of the Nazarene left Friday evening and came together to have a joint fall retreat in Oklahoma. And I am still exhausted! Also a little sick…But it was totally worth it! We saw God move this weekend and it was awesome!
The theme for the weekend was Christ Like Leadership. The first night, Angie from First Church spoke about dealing with our pride, and as leaders, we should be willing to do whatever we ask of those we are leading.
I went as a sponsor with Grace Community and I also played on the worship team with other students from MNU. There were 8 MNU students total that went on this retreat. Lizzy Atwell, Amanda Lampley, Thomson and Chi Ticum, Blake Owings, Mark Hall, and I were on the band. Maddie Carson came as well and was a sponsor. Lizzy, Blake and I were also sponsors for Grace Community.
On Saturday, our very own Blake spoke! He told the story of Moses and when we are Christians, we are automatically called to be leaders.
We had a lot of free time Saturday between meals and services just to hang out and get to know each other. There were a few different activities we could do. A lot of people played soccer, some played gaga ball, and others played basket ball. But one of the most fun things we did was the massive zip line. After we all got our harnesses on, we walked over to a suspended bridge. Now I don’t really have a fear of heights but there were a few people there (Mark Hall) who were pretty scared! I almost fell just from how hard I was laughing!
Once we made it across the bridge we had to walk up a massive, rocky hill to the tower. It was about that time I noticed how cold it was. And the farther we went up the tower the windier it got. It was ridiculous how windy it ended up being at the top! It was worth it though because it was so fun!
Sunday, we all woke up early, had breakfast, and went over to the chapel for the final service. There Roland, who is the youth pastor for KC First Church spoke. The sermons were all great. We are fortunate to know these gifted people who are passionate for knowing God and delivering His word, but I got the most from a conversation I had with an old friend.
I worked at a summer camp two summers ago in Colorado. When I walked into the mess hall for the first time, I saw someone that looked familiar. Her name was Danielle and she was on my team when I was in Colorado! I was so excited to see her! During free time on Saturday I went over to her room and we drank coffee and caught up on life. I opened up to her about how my life after working in Colorado hasn’t turned out the way I expected and how it was actually a pretty hard time for me and my family. She told me her story, her struggles and how her life before working in Colorado was turned upside down. She said something to me that really resonated. She said “You can tell God you are mad with Him. He already knows, but it is good to get it out on the table.” She then went on to say that when we do that, we allow God to walk with us through these trials. Our conversation really meant a lot to me.
Overall, even though I feel pretty awful now, the retreat was a really good escape from life and school. Even though it was only a few days. I know I’m not the only one that got something good from it.
Until next time friends!