Isn’t this just the most flattering picture ever? I mean who could resist that face?
My beautiful face and flawless pose aside, notice the view of the awesome dam that we visited for this high school church retreat. This place is unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. Hills of dirt and tropical plants surround the dam; floating in the water are river houses and docks that people rent for parties, events, and retreats.
Upon arrival, we climbed onto the dock that was prepared for us and unloaded our baggage. While getting settled in, a motorboat dragged us into the middle of the dam where we would spend the remainder of the trip.
The retreat was spent doing the following: Reflecting on the serene beauty being witnessed.
Hanging out on the edge of the dock.
Ridiculous mid-air camera posing.
But by far the most enjoyable activity was hanging out, getting to know, and loving these teenage guys and gals. Another leader and I had the opportunity to share a little bit about our rough past and how we rediscovered Christ. Both testimonies went into detail about mistakes made and regrets felt, and how peace through Christ conquered all.
It’s amazing how making yourself transparent can truly affect another’s ability to open up about the pain in their life. We asked the teens to share with us what they were struggling with and I was shocked by their honesty and willingness to share and seek advice. Tears were shed and reconciliations were made. Our sufferings and weakness were laid bare, out in the open. In doing so, we were able to understand each other on a deeper level and pray for each other in a sincere and honest way.
On the final day I was able to give a short bible lesson about being a disciple of Jesus. The fact that I was able to deliver this lesson in a understandable way means so much to me. There are some days that I feel I have no clue how to communicate with another human being. Other days connecting with a stranger is as natural as breathing. I thank God that he gave me the words to convey my message to these young people.
And I’ll end this post with a close-up of this lovely shot.