A huge THANK YOU to my friend Janelle Groeneweg, who made this video after the retreat. Just click on the blog title above ("Girls Retreat Video") to view it.
We had an incredible time at the retreat. The retreat was held at El Refugio, one of the other Youth World ministries- it is such a joy to plan events for the different ministries to overlap with each other!
It was an action- packed weekend, but the girls had a BLAST bonding with one another, competing in games, doing the ropes course, and participating in "Cake Wars." But... even more importantly, we spoke about our identity in Christ, and the girls got to contemplate where they place their identity, as well as bond with teachers during campfires, read encouraging notes from home, and participate in small group discussions. I spoke the first night (Friday night) to start the weekend, and really loved the opportunity to share God's heart for them, and also to realize how different situations in my past can now be used for God's glory!
Both nights, we had a campfire, and those times were precious! The second night, the girls wanted to know our dating, marriage, kids, etc. stories, so each of the teachers got to share a bit about how God had worked in their lives in those relationships. For many of the girls, those talks were the highlight of the weekend. I think it was for me, too.
We packed in a lot during our 48-hours, but the girls came home encouraged, energized, and with new friendships. We are now in the process of following up with them and giving them opportunities to get involved in mentorship/discipleship. Pray that spiritual growth continues to happen long after the retreat is over!