After a flat-tire, a trip to the emergency room, and a massive snowball fight, I am grateful to announce our safe return home from the CCC Youth Group Winter Retreat, 2011!
We had a great time and learned so much. We arrived in Big Bear Friday evening, rented snow ski/boarding equipment, ate dinner, and (of course) we stayed up through the early morning hours playing games and talking. Saturday, we woke up early, ate breakfast, heard the first sermon, hit the slopes all day, returned back to the lodge for dinner, and the second & third sermons before heading to bed around mid-night. Sunday, we woke, ate breakfast, heard the fourth sermon, packed, ate lunch, then headed back down the mountain to return home. (Due to the timing of our late arrival on Friday — thanks to the roadside repair of the flat tire — the fifth session has been postponed until the regular Youth Group meeting this Tuesday, February, 8, 2011.)
It was an amazing weekend! We learned so much about our Savior and one another. I would like to thank all who prayed for us, as the Lord was so faithful to answer your prayers. While no one actually made a first-time profession of faith during the trip, there were many who were challenged in their preconceived notions about their faith and relationship with God. We had great conversations with many of the Youth Group members after each sermon and were blessed to witness the Lord really working on their hearts as they wrestled with some of the deep theological truths that were taught. (The sermons are now available on our church website for your review.)
Please continue to pray that the seeds of truth that were planted in the hearts of the hearers this past weekend would take deep root and bear much fruit for the glory of God.