Monday, December 04, 2006

What REALLY Happened on the High School Fall Retreat

You may have wondered where many of the high school students went the weekend before Thanksgiving and heard they were on a fall retreat. But what REALLY happened that weekend? The retreat was held at Trout Creek Bible Camp in beautiful Corbett, OR, and the weather could not have been better. The group had reign of the entire camp and enjoyed many adventurous activities like a "go" on the giant swing, scaling rock walls, and a death-defying jaunt down the zip line. Great indoor activities included basketball, carpet ball, pool, ping pong, air hockey, etc.

The group also came together for some wacky, intense, and meaningful times. Among the wacky were a dress-up music video performance by each of the four small groups and also a talent show which included some serious talent, crazy costumes, and a lot of laughs. Among the intense were a camp-wide scavenger hunt and a late night version of capture the flag, guys versus girls (that game ended in a draw with both sexes very equally matched in speed, cunning, and covertness). Finally, there were several meaningful times in God's word and in praise that have changed the face of the group. The effects of spending the weekend together for spiritual transformation has created a bond that more consciously looks out for those in the group.

Thanks for your prayers and continue to pray that the NLC high school group (Ignite Youth Ministries) ignites in high school students a genuine love for God and others that reaches out to a lost world through a changed life.