God gave us desire so we could desire Him. ✞
The retreat was exactly what I needed: a refreshment. With all the school requirements, due articles, family stuff & the problems, my relationship with The Boyfriend, I sure had a hard time balancing my relationship with people and my relationship with the One who I’m supposed to concentrating on, Jesus Christ. ✞
I admit, it wasn’t the best retreat I’ve been to but it sure has created a lot of moments I will surely treasure. Nine of us were sent, yes, not six - but nine. We had a great time discovering new things about our friends and I knew from the start that when Beshai, Sep & I were separated into different cabins, God had a plan.. and a purpose, of course. ✞
When we arrived at the place, only a few people were there. The retreat wasn’t a big event, they only expected 8 campers but praise God that when we got there, 21 campers arrived at around 3 in the afternoon, plus 10 from our church (including our pastor). All in all, we were 39 campers. My friends and I thought it was a good thing since the councilors could focus on us individually without having hard time.
Beshai & I were assigned to one cabin, along with Joally and Sep was assigned to another cabin, along with Alyssa. At first, all of us were struggling since our trio was separated and same went with Joally and Alyssa. We were all not used to being away from each other.
But God had a purpose and well, it dawned on us when our first night happened. Beshai, Joally & I stayed up late, talking about our own lives, our issues & insecurities, our desires and all the stuff we could think about. We slept at around one in the morning and when we woke up at six, we found out that Alyssa & Sep, also slept late because, they, too, were talking.
We learned a lot. No, we were reminded of a lot of things because we already know almost all of the discussions. Salvation, Idolatry, Desires, Dating and all of that stuff. It felt great to be reminded of these things because most of us (including me), we forget most of the time. So I’m really thankful that I got to attend this retreat.
And our favorite part was when we had a lot of free time — as in, 2 pm to 6 pm, we had the pool, the soccer field, the basketball court, the zip line, the confidence course and the snack shop all for us to enjoy. We had five sweet hours of freedom!
Micah’s infamous tumbling shot. :)
Excuse my big forehead. Hahahaha.
This was the zip line for kids, there was even a higher zip line that starts from the mountain and goes all the way to the auditorium but I didn’t go for it since all of the campers were trying it and my friends and I got to try it last April.
Micah, Lemz & I on the kid’s zipline. :)
Toto, planking!! :)
Mon, giving out his praises and thanks to God, during the bonfire. ✞
Meet Shane, one of our cabin’s councilors. I can’t believe she’s only seventeen. She has an amazing voice and she, herself, is amazing. She wanted to be a soldier but God had a better plan for her and she’s currently waiting for God’s will while she’s studying there. ✞
And meet Ate Sophia, my personal councilor there in the retreat. We talked about a lot of things, my issues & my problems, her life in Korea, my career & how I could still glorify God through it. Ate Sophia’s an amazing person because despite the language barrier, she tries to relate to us and she’s really patient. I learned a lot from her and I sure will treasure all the advises she gave me. Saranghae, Ate Sophia!
Our group, together with the camp’s program people. :)
Funny thing, Pastor Dane was often mistaken to be a camper because he also had an ID.
I thank God for:
- my life.
- the gift of salvation and that I am saved, I am being saved and I will be saved. ✞
- an amazing set of encouraging and Christian friends.
- Pastor Dane. Our favorite bagets pastor ever. ✞
- my family, despite everything that is happening.
- my boyfriend, even if we’re in a rough path right now.
- all the blessing I’ve received in the past week.
I’m so grateful for all the things that has happened. Thank You, Lord. ✞