"The last presentation really changed my way of thinking.""I feel more secure in my faith.""I feel like God has been accompanying me on this journey; I no longer feel alone.""Before coming to church, I used to fight with my parents all of the time. Now, we talk about things and get along better.""I feel a sense of peace in my life now that I have never felt before.""Before coming on this retreat, I had a lot of questions and doubts about my faith. Things are a lot clearer in my head now."
These are just a few of the experiences. It's always amazing to witness how God manifests Himself in each person's life and to see their faith grows over a period of time. We're very thankful to be able to be a part of these kids' faith journey. Some photos:
When Anna was 13, she went on a retreat where they made rosaries out of cord. She taught the kids here how to make them and they liked it so much that they made about 3 each!
Small groups acting out Bible stories. In this one, Anna and a youth are portraying the whale that just swallowed Jonah.
The most important part of the retreat - alone time with God. This was a special prayer service on Saturday night.
Joshua had fun too!
A final group shot.
We ended on Halloween, so that night Joshua dressed up like Elmo and hit up a few friends' houses for some candy. Not related to the retreat, but too cute not to post!